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Bill Belichick checks in as early 2020 co-favorite for AP NFL Coach of the Year

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Bill Belichick’s most recent AP NFL Coach of the Year honor arrived in 2010.

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Bill Belichick has secured Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year honors three times during his New England Patriots tenure.

That tally ties Chuck Knox for second on the all-time list behind only Don Shula’s four.

And as an uncertain 2020 season looms in the distance, Belichick, 68, stands as the early co-favorite. He does so without quarterback Tom Brady lined up behind center, yet aptly alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians.

Both hold 12/1 betting odds this May, according to BetOnline.ag.

Not far behind in the sportsbook’s coaching race are members of New England’s past. The Arizona Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury carries 18/1 odds into the summer months, while Mike Vrabel of the Tennessee Titans and Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins reside at 22/1 and 25/1, respectively.

  • Bill Belichick, Patriots: 12/1
  • Bruce Arians, Buccaneers: 12/1
  • Mike McCarthy, Cowboys: 14/1
  • Frank Reich, Colts: 16/1
  • Andy Reid, Chiefs: 18/1
  • Kevin Stefanski, Browns: 18/1
  • Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals: 18/1
  • Sean McDermott, Bills: 18/1
  • Kyle Shanahan, 49ers: 20/1
  • Mike Vrabel, Titans: 22/1
  • Brian Flores, Dolphins: 25/1
  • Doug Pederson, Eagles: 25/1
  • John Harbaugh, Ravens: 25/1
  • Vic Fangio, Broncos: 25/1

New England’s 14-2 regular season of 2010 brought Belichick’s most recent AP NFL Coach of the Year honor. His previous arrived in the undefeated regular season of 2007 and the Super Bowl XXXVIII-winning campaign of 2003.

The last two NFL All-Decade teams feature Belichick, who is among 10 coaches with a place on the league’s 100-year roster.