Odds to Be Next Detroit Lions Head Coach Reveals Surprise Favorite

Max Staley
The odds to be the next Detroit Lions head coach reveal a surprise favorite.
The odds to be the next Detroit Lions head coach reveal a surprise favorite. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions fired Matt Patricia after 2.5 underwhelming seasons as the team's head coach. With a rock-solid veteran QB and legitimate talent on both sides of the ball, Detroit figures to be a pretty desirable landing spot for head coaching candidates this offseason.

But the odds suggest that the Lions could be looking to hire a relatively surprising candidate.

Robert Saleh (+150) is currently the favorite to coach the Lions in 2021, according to a prop bet on FanDuel Sportsbook. Saleh has done an excellent job as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers over the past few seasons. He's helmed a top-six defense in terms of yards allowed in back-to-back years now, despite San Francisco suffering a litany of injuries on defense in 2020.

But hiring another defensive-minded head coach could leave a bad taste in Lions fans' mouths. If Detroit wants to go in a different direction, offensive guru Eric Bieniemy (+700) currently boasts the second-best odds to secure the job. Bieniemy has helmed a top-five scoring offense in each of the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Arthur Smith (+900), Lincoln Riley (+1000) and current interim coach Darrell Bevell (+1100) round out the rest of the top five. All three have made their bones as offensive-minded head coaches.

These odds will surely move as we progress toward the offseason, but Saleh is the pretty clear-cut favorite as of now.

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