Super Bowl lines for the futures odds did not have the Indianapolis Colts listed as one of the top sports betting favorites for the 2009 season as they looked to be a team in transition.
Super Bowl lines bettors figured that long time head coach Tony Dungy “must have known something” when he finally decided to retire after the 2008 season. Jim Caldwell, Dungy’s long time assistant head coach, took over a team that was considered past its sports betting prime and getting old.
Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, however, Caldwell kept Dungy’s system in place and simply made the necessary adjustments within that system to lead the Colts to a super sports betting season in which they went 14-2 straight up and a most profitable 10-5-1 against the spread.
Caldwell’s calm demeanor fits perfectly with quarterback Peyton Manning and was a major contributor to the Colts being able to rally from large deficits this year in wins over the New England Patriots and later in the AFC Championship Game against the New York Jets.
Caldwell had a major role in the development of Manning and the Colts offense when Dungy was the boss and that allowed the Colts to not miss a step in the transition. He now has the shot to win the Lombardi Trophy as a rookie head coach!