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You want winners? Here's a formula

According to a Ph.D. (and Patriots fan), math can help derive successful coaching hires

Originally Published: December 30, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

During the past 10 years, a few NFL teams and some outside researchers have attempted to discover a quantifiable method for finding a great coach.

The Philadelphia Eagles are believed to be the first team to commission a study, a 14-page report in 1999 that led them to hiring Andy Reid. The late Johnnie Cochran -- yes, him -- in 2002 did a paper about minority coaches. The San Francisco 49ers completed a study in 2005.

And two researchers at New York University completed an 82-pager ...

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