Are NFL coaches working too hard?
In the past couple weeks, we've seen two coaches battling some sort of medical issue, between Broncos head coach John Fox needing heart surgery and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsing on the field at halftime.
Is it football related? Are these guys working so hard that they're putting too much stress on their bodies?
It's well documented that NFL coaches put in ridiculous hours. Is that even slightly connected to Fox's heart valve issues or Kubiak's collapse? How serious is Kubiak's condition?
These are questions that I don't have the answers for, but you have to wonder if it's due to the workload these coaches bring upon themselves.
Today on the Dan Patrick show, former NFL coach Tony Dungy discussed the difference between some head coaches that he worked for as an assistant. Chuck Noll insisted on working no earlier than 7 a.m., and leaving no later than 7 p.m. That gave Dungy (and the other assistants and players) a chance to spend some time with their families and get some rest.
Conversely, Marty Schottenheimer would start work at 7 a.m. and sometimes not call it a day until 2 a.m. the next morning. Sometimes, coaches would sleep in the office because they wouldn't want to take the extra time to drive home and back.
Again… I don't want to speculate too much and blame these recent medical issues on the wrong thing. But is it possible that some NFL coaches are working themselves into the ground?