29 Dec 2005
SFWeekly.com offers an interesting glimpse into the life of Paraag Marathe, the 28-year-old director of football operations for the 49ers (with FO's own, Aaron Schatz, quoted several times in the article). Marathe has an MBA and was a management consultant before joining San Franscisco, and a big part of his job might best be described by this quote from the article:
"The name of the game is not finding the best players, as conventional wisdom says," according to Marathe. "The name of the game is finding the best possible players for the lowest price. ... It's just being smart about managing your money."
Not everyone has embraced Marathe's reliance on statisical analyses, especially since he doesn't have a "football background," but that quote sounds a lot like something Bill Belichick might say, and I have yet to hear anyone question his football pedigree.
25 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 7:25pm by Jonramz
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?