Gary Kubiak collapses on field at halftime

Are NFL coaches working too hard?

11/4/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak (left) on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY SportsIt could be a coincidence. It could be related to their work in the NFL. It could be a complete ignorance of all things medical, on my part.

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?
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11/5/13   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Rumor mill says Coach Kubiak had a stroke. Anyone else hearing different or same? I may not like all the coaches, but I sure don't wish them harm. I think coaches need to start having physicals just like the players. Sems they don't take care of themselves very well.

11/4/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61943 respect

I'm sure Kubiak was working too hard and not sleeping. His season is ridiculous.