Manager impacts on worker performance in American football: Do offensive coordinators impact quarterback performance in the National Football League?
Managerial and Decision Economics
Ample research in nonsports labor markets suggests that managerial quality significantly impacts worker productivity; however, studies using sports data have been less likely to find such evidence supporting the importance of managers/coaches. We examine the impact of offensive coordinators on quarterback performance in football. While we find that various offensive coordinator characteristics have little impact on quarterback performance, we show that individual offensive coordinators do seem to play a role in quarterback development. Consistent with research on manager effects outside of sports, this suggests that elite and poor offensive coordinators do significantly impact the productivity of the quarterbacks they manage.
Pitts, J. D. & Evans, B. A. (2019). Manager impacts on worker performance in American football: Do offensive coordinators impact quarterback performance in the National Football League?. Managerial and Decision Economics, 40(1): 105-118.