Are NFL Coaches Working Too Hard & Ultimately Paying The Price For It?
Over the weekend, we saw not one, but two different NFL head coaches suffer serious health scares. First, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox suffered what was believed to be a heart attack on Saturday while playing a round of golf during his team’s bye week. He was rushed to a hospital and, while it was later found that he did not have a heart attack, Fox will miss the next six weeks of the NFL season or so because he is set to have heart surgery this week. And then last night, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was rushed to a local hospital in Houston after he collapsed on the field during a game between the Texans and Indianapolis Colts. The Texans later said that he did not have a heart attack, either, but doctors are running tests to find out why he collapsed and what could have caused him to need medical attention.
So what exactly is going on with NFL head coaches right now? Was it just a coincidence that two of them went down with major health scares this week—or is this something that’s going to turn into a trend? We won’t know for sure for awhile. But it’s clear that NFL head coaches are putting themselves at risk every single day simply by doing their jobs. That’s because NFL coaching positions cause a ton of stress. They require coaches to work long hours and put their bodies and minds through a series of torturous tasks. They also prevent coaches from seeing their families regularly, eating right, and even getting exercise. It may seem like a great job. But the truth is that being an NFL head coach is incredibly demanding work.
So what should the NFL do to prevent head coaches from suffering health scares like the ones that Fox and Kubiak just went through? The truth is that there’s nothing that they can do to stop guys from putting in a lot of work. But they can suggest that coaches take a closer look at their work days and find ways to get out of the office more and reduce the amount of stress they’re under. Otherwise, head coaches are going to continue to put themselves at risk. And they are ultimately going to end up paying the price for it.