NFL 2021-2022 Coach of the Year odds were recently released by, and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is among the favorites. According to BetOnline, only three coaches have a better shot at the award than Arians, who carries 16/1 odds into June.

Chargers new head coach Brandon Staley is the favorite to win the award, with Brown head coach Kevin Stefanski coming in second. Rams coach Sean McVay is third, followed by the Chiefs’ Andy Reid, the Bills’ Sean McDermott and Arians. It would be the third time Arians has earned the honor in his nine years as head coach. The 68-year old won the award in 2012 as the interim head coach of the Colts, then again in 2014 after leading the Cardinals to 11-5.

Only three coaches have ever won Coach of the Year three times, Miami’s Don Shula (four times), Chuck Knox with three different teams and New England’s Bill Belichick. Arians would join an illustrious group if this year goes according to plan, which would improve his Hall of Fame credentials tremendously.

Because the NFL does not award him wins from his 9-3 tenure as interim coach of the Colts, Arians will technically be entering his eighth season as a true head coach. Arians has compiled a 67-44-1 record during that time, leaving him 33 wins short of the century mark. As a guest on the Pewter Report Podcast, Arians recently said he has no plans to retire in the near future.

“I don’t have any plans on retiring,” Arians said. “It’s just, when do I not want to go back to work? When I’m not excited about going back to work then I’m cheating somebody. I’m cheating the Glazer family, I’m cheating my players. Right now I can’t wait to get back to work. I don’t know when that’s going to happen, but no, I’m not tied to any players’ [retirement].”

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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