Discover The Impact of Having Offensive or Defensive-Minded Head Coaches On Young NFL QBs - Here's What Stats Say!

In the NFL, a team's success often hinges on the performance of its quarterback. As such, teams must provide their young quarterbacks with the necessary support to succeed. One aspect that has gained attention in recent years is whether having an offensive-minded head coach significantly impacts a young quarterback's development and performance.

A study conducted by CBS Sports analyzed the performance of quarterbacks drafted between 2011 and 2020 who made at least 25 starts during their rookie contracts. The study compared the performance of quarterbacks drafted by teams with offensive-leaning head coaches (18 players) and those with defensive-leaning head coaches (17 players).

The results showed that quarterbacks with offensive head coaches performed slightly better regarding win-loss records, but the difference was marginal. However, when examining passing stats, quarterbacks with offensive head coaches completed passes at a higher rate, averaged more yards per attempt, and had a higher touchdown-to-interception ratio. They also generated more expected points added (EPA) per drop back and created explosive plays more frequently.

Regarding rushing stats, quarterbacks with offensive head coaches outperformed their counterparts with defensive head coaches. They averaged more yards per carry, had a higher success rate, and generated more explosive plays.

However, it is essential to note that correlation does not equal causation, and several factors could influence these results. For instance, some quarterbacks played under different head coaches or teams during their rookie contracts, and others performed better later in their careers. Additionally, the quality of the head coaches and team surroundings varied significantly among the players studied.


While the study shows that young quarterbacks with offensive-leaning head coaches tend to perform better in both passing and rushing stats, it is difficult to definitively attribute their success solely to the head coach's offensive background. Nonetheless, these findings may be worth considering when evaluating the development and performance of young quarterbacks in the NFL.