Mike McCarthy was relieved of his head-coaching duties by the Green Bay Packers this past week. And with a limited number of NFL coaching jobs expected to come available during the upcoming offseason, McCarthy enters the job market pegged as a +175 underdog in NFL prop betting to return to the NFL's head coaching ranks in 2019.
McCarthy enjoyed a successful 13-season run as Packers head coach, leading Green Bay to six NFC North division titles and a victory in Super Bowl XLV. However, the team has struggled under his guidance over the past two seasons.
Green Bay missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years last season, and sits well out of playoff contention with a 4-7-1 record going into Sunday afternoon's matchup with the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.
Former Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has taken over the reins as Green Bay's interim head coach, but no shortage of candidates exists to replace McCarthy on a permanent basis.
Josh McDaniels is the early favorite to be the next full-time head coach of the Packers, perched as a +170 favorite on the NFL prop bets, just ahead of Lincoln Riley at +275.
McDaniels briefly served as Denver Broncos head coach almost a decade ago, but his strongest NFL experience comes from his lengthy tenure with the New England Patriots, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2012.
During McDaniels' current tenure in New England the Patriots have enjoyed spectacular success, claiming a pair of Super Bowl victories, and currently sit among the favorites on the NFL futures as a +550 championship bet. However, McDaniels' reputation took a hit after the 42-year-old was announced as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last winter, only to withdraw from the position on the same day and return to his role with the Patriots.
Riley's profile has risen significantly while leading the Oklahoma Sooners to consecutive Big 12 conference championships and berths in the College Football Playoff during his first two seasons as the head coach of the school. However, after inking a new five-year contract with Oklahoma this past June that will pay him $4.8 million annually, the Packers would have to open the vaults to entice the 35-year-old to make the leap to the NFL.
DeFilippo, Bieniemy, Harbaugh Follow on Prop Odds
Further down the NFL betting special odds, John DeFilippo rounds out the list of favorites to replace McCarthy, pegged as a +300 bet. Eric Bieniemy follows at +1000, ahead of John Harbaugh at +1400, while Pete Carmichael sits alongside Matt LeFleur and Zac Taylor at +1500.
DeFilippo owns a wealth of NFL experience as a quarterbacks coach including stints with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Minnesota Vikings prior to this season.
Bieniemy has played a key role in the emergence of the Kansas City Chiefs' vaunted offense, which has racked up a league-leading 37 points per game this season, while Harbaugh has a Super Bowl victory to his credit during a decade as head coach in Baltimore, but has failed to lead the Ravens into the playoffs since 2014.
*Odds as of December 6, 2018