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Handicapping (really) the next Ravens coach

The following comes from BodogLife.com, the Internet presence for online gambling operator Bodog. The folks there have posted odds on certain Ravens-related events, such as Brian Billick's next job, who will be the new head coach and who will be the starting QB for next season's opener.

Bodog handicaps the individual favorite for the head coaching job as Indianapolis assistant Jim Caldwell by a slim margin, followed closely by Rex Ryan, Mike Singletary and Jason Garrett. 

But before you put too much stock in these odds, consider that former Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel is tied with a handful of guys for third and that Josh McDaniels is still on the list (he's said he's not interested in a head coaching for for next season). I think most telling is that the betting favorite is the Field, meaning anyone other than the guys listed.

According to a representative from  Bodog, folks can actually wager on these events. In Las Vegas, casinos would not be permitted to take a wager on something like whether a guy signs or not, or a new head coach because it's an event where the outcome is something about which someone can have prior knowledge. But occasionally, online gambling sites will take such wagers, such as Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

So here goes (again, the odds were sent to me by a representative of Bodog who cautions that the odds can be fluid).

Where will Brian Billick be next year?                                                                          

Member of the media                             1/1

Head coach elsewhere in the NFL           2/1

Out of football completely                       2/1

Assistant coach in the NFL                    3/1

Who will be the next head coach of the Baltimore Ravens?

Jim Caldwell                               6/1

Rex Ryan                                  7/1

Mike Singletary                         7/1

Jim Fassel                               8/1

Kirk Ferentz                              8/1

Tony Sparano                           8/1

Jason Garrett                            7/1

Jim Schwartz                            9/1

Josh McDaniels                        10/1

Marty Schottenheimer               10/1

Mike Tice                                 12/1

Jeff Jagodzinski                        15/1

Field                                         4/1

Who will be the starting QB for game 1 of 2008?

Troy Smith                   9/4

Steve McNair               3/1                                                                                          

Kyle Boller                   5/1                                                                                       

Other                           6/5                                                                                          

Will Terrell Suggs re-sign with the Ravens?

Yes      -150                                                    

No       +110                                       

Will the Ravens use the franchise tag on Terrell Suggs?                                                 

Yes      -130                                                                                        

No       Even                                                                                       


                     

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