They will study anything these days and a recent story in the Wall Street Journal is proof of that as they took on the task of actually counting how frequently head coaches and quarterbacks are shown during TV broadcasts.
For their study, the WSJ watched two full games from the 2014 season for all 32 teams and they tallied the number of times each broadcast cut to a shot of the head coach or quarterback. Duration time of each cut to didn’t matter. (I’d actually like to know that number)
Here is an excerpt from the explained the results.
In the average game, the coach was shown 28 different times—but this number is misleading. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh was shown a total of 91 times in two games, giving him a 45.5 average that was tops in the league. By comparison, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy had an average of 13.5 appearances a game.
As for Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, he averaged 37.5 cut tos during the two games they watched of him. That number was good for a fifth overall ranking just behind New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (39).
As for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he was shown an average of 15.5 times during the two games watched for this study.
Full rankings are below.
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) October 16, 2014