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Page 2's Bang for the Buck, NFL edition

By Patrick Hruby

Page 2

Cork-popping extravagance is out. Belt-tightening austerity is in. Following the Great Recession, doing more with less isn't simply a euphemistic corporate dictum. It's a way of life. And in these cost-conscious, productivity-first times, the sweetest letters in the alphabet have gone from VIP to ROI -- return on investment.

So what about sports?

All this week, Page 2 looks at the athletic world the way financial analysts look at corporations. Which teams are maximizing their returns? Which clubs are woefully inefficient?

In short, who's getting the biggest -- and smallest -- bang for their bucks?

To answer the above, we're comparing teams by a simple, bottom-line metric: Player payroll dollars spent per regular-season victory. Using the most recent and accurate salary figures available, we're also examining which clubs have been penny-wise and which have been pound-foolish.

We begin with the 2010 NFL season:

The top five

1. Atlanta Falcons

Payroll Victories Cost per win

$108.07 million 13 $8.31 million

No NFL team was more efficient than the Falcons. How did they do it? By masterfully following the league's Aughts-era blueprint for success: (A) acquire and replenish a base of young, relatively undervalued players through the draft; (B) splurge for big-ticket free agents sparingly. Case in point: while Atlanta made Dunta Robinson one of the league's highest-paid cornerbacks in the offseason with a six-year deal potentially worth $57 million, the rest of the team's starting secondary -- second-year player William Moore; third-year players Brent Grimes and Thomas DeCoud -- tallied 11 interceptions while earning just $1.34 million in combined base salary.

Penny-wise: A former undrafted free agent who earned $470,000 in base salary, Eric Weems led the NFL in kick return average and had a playoff-record, 102-yard scoring return against the Packers.

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Hey All,

Didn't see this posted yet.

Linkerage

Page 2's Bang for the Buck, NFL edition

By Patrick Hruby

Page 2

Cork-popping extravagance is out. Belt-tightening austerity is in. Following the Great Recession, doing more with less isn't simply a euphemistic corporate dictum. It's a way of life. And in these cost-conscious, productivity-first times, the sweetest letters in the alphabet have gone from VIP to ROI -- return on investment.

So what about sports?

All this week, Page 2 looks at the athletic world the way financial analysts look at corporations. Which teams are maximizing their returns? Which clubs are woefully inefficient?

In short, who's getting the biggest -- and smallest -- bang for their bucks?

To answer the above, we're comparing teams by a simple, bottom-line metric: Player payroll dollars spent per regular-season victory. Using the most recent and accurate salary figures available, we're also examining which clubs have been penny-wise and which have been pound-foolish.

We begin with the 2010 NFL season:

The top five

1. Atlanta Falcons

Payroll Victories Cost per win

$108.07 million 13 $8.31 million

No NFL team was more efficient than the Falcons. How did they do it? By masterfully following the league's Aughts-era blueprint for success: (A) acquire and replenish a base of young, relatively undervalued players through the draft; (B) splurge for big-ticket free agents sparingly. Case in point: while Atlanta made Dunta Robinson one of the league's highest-paid cornerbacks in the offseason with a six-year deal potentially worth $57 million, the rest of the team's starting secondary -- second-year player William Moore; third-year players Brent Grimes and Thomas DeCoud -- tallied 11 interceptions while earning just $1.34 million in combined base salary.

Penny-wise: A former undrafted free agent who earned $470,000 in base salary, Eric Weems led the NFL in kick return average and had a playoff-record, 102-yard scoring return against the Packers.

Outstanding job if the only goal is having a winning regular season. Maybe the few extra bucks spent would have enabled a post season win?

Maybe?

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