[Note: With the recent amazing addition to my office, I’ve considered just turning this site into a full-on baby photo-blog (much like my Twitter feed). While that would probably mean a more steady stream of content, it would also probably require a new name, a re-design, and massive structural changes. Which, in turn, would raise a whole bevy of ontological issues that I’m too tired to deal with at the moment. So I guess back to sports analysis!]
In “A History of Hall of Fame QB-Coach Entanglement,” I talked a bit about the difficulty of “detangling” QB and coach accomplishments. For a slightly more amusing historical take, here’s a graph illustrating how first round draft picks have gotten a much better return on investment (a full order of magnitude better vs. non-#1 overalls) when traded for head coaches than when used to draft quarterbacks:
Note: Since 1950. List of #1 Overall QB’s is here. Other 1st Round QB’s here. Other drafted QB’s here. Super Bowl starters here. QB’s that were immediately traded count for the team that got them.
Note*: . . that I know of. I googled around looking for coaches that cost their teams at least one first round draft pick to acquire, and I could only find 3: Bill Parcells (Patriots -> Jets), Bill Belichick (Jets -> Patriots), and Jon Gruden (Raiders -> Bucs). If I’m missing anyone, please let me know.
But seriously, the other 3 bars are interesting too.
How does this graph show the Brady/Bledsoe 2001 season? #1 overall Bledsoe started in 2001, and of course we know how that ended up.
Credited to Brady.