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NFL: The 10 Most Watched Quarterbacks and Coaches on TV

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The Wall Street Journal recently released the results of a study aimed at finding out which quarterbacks and which coaches got the most face time during broadcasts of NFL games. To determine this, they watched two full games from each team during the 2014 season and counted up every time the screen cut to each quarterback and head coach. The results were eye-opening. Peyton Manning, the quarterback with the highest average face time in his games, had almost six times as many shots per game as Mike Glennon, the quarterback with the lowest average face time per game. Likewise, Jim Harbaugh had just over three times as much face time per game as Mike McCarthy. Here is a look at the top five quarterbacks and the top five coaches in average face time per game.

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Top 10 Quarterbacks in Average Face Time Per Game in 2014

  1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos — 31 shots per game
  2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots — 29.5 shots per game
  3. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings — 22.5 shots per game
  4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints — 21.5 shots per game
  5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts — 20 shots per game
  6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers — 18.5 shots per game
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers — 17.5 shots per game
  8. Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns — 17 shots per game
  9. Geno Smith, New York Jets — 16.5 shots per game
  10. Eli Manning, New York Giants — 16 shots per game

The results of the study on quarterbacks show a direct correlation between average face time per game and quarterback rating (good or bad). With the exception of Geno Smith and Teddy Bridgewater, who have the two worst quarterback ratings in the NFL in 2014, the rest of the list has quarterback ratings that are near the top of the league.

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Top 10 Coaches in Average Face Time Per Game in 2014

  1. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers — 45.5 shots per game
  2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots — 44.5 shots per game
  3. Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles — 44 shots per game
  4. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants — 39 shots per game
  5. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers — 37.5 shots per game
  6. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys — 37 shots per game
  7. Rex Ryan, New York Jets — 35 shots per game
  8. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks — 34.5 shots per game
  9. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars — 34 shots per game
  10. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings — 33.5 shots per game

The results of the study on coaches show a direct correlation between average face time per game and the temperament of each coach. Not surprisingly, Jim Harbaugh (44.5 shots per game), who is notorious for his sideline meltdowns, gets far more face time than an even-keeled coach like Mike McCarthy (13.5 shots per game).