Worth More: Coaches or Players?

This idea isn't my own. It actually came to me while reading a rather uninspiring analysis on (here is the link if you want to read the shallow "expert" analysis).(

Also, here is a link to a fascinating article about a trade that actually went down a few years ago that involved a coach. One team got a Super Bowl out of the deal; the other got... Well, you'll figure it out. Fascinating. (

Here is the question:

If all current players AND coaches were put into a draft pool right now, where would each one go? Are great coaches worth more, or great quarterbacks?

Here are my thoughts, put in mock form, going in reverse order from this years draft (thus allowing the "best" teams to draft first since they have earned the right):

1. Baltimore Ravens: Bill Belichick

2. SF 49ers: Aaron Rodgers

3. Atlanta Falcons: Tom Brady

4. NE Patriots: Jim Harbaugh

5. Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning

6. Houston Texans: Sean Payton

7. GB Packers: John Harbaugh

8. Seattle Seahawks: Drew Brees

9. Indianapolis Colts: Tom Coughlin

10. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Fisher

11. Washington: Robert Griffin III

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Ryan

13. Chicago Bears: Patrick Willis

14. NY Giants: Eli Manning

15. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Smith

16. Pittsburgh Steelers: Adrian Peterson

17. STL Rams: John Fox

18. NO Saints: Andrew Luck

19. Carolina Panthers: Colin Kaepernick

20. TB Bucs: JJ Watt

21. Miami Dolphins: Haloti Ngata

22. SD Chargers: Gary Kubiak

23. Tennessee Titans: Calvin Johnson

24. NY Jets: Russell Wilson (Anything for a QB)

25. Buffalo Bills: Geno Atkins

26. Arizons Cardinals: Mike Tomlin

27. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller

28. Detroit Lions: Marshawn Lynch

29. Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid

30. Oakland Raiders: Marvin Lewis

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Thomas

32. KC Chiefs: Jason Pierre-Paul

It seems that my take would be that the best coaches are slightly more valuable than the best QBs, but not by much. Of course, once you get past the elite level of both, other positions come into play. One thing that I didn't have a chance to do was to include assistant coaches, although I'm not sure that anyone would take one in the first round of a draft like this. I don't doubt that Roman, Fangio and Tomsula would all go at some point, but I just can't see them being better than any of the elite players/coaches already on the list.

As always, thanks for reading andleaving your thoughts!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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