Has coaching in NFL become loaded with stress or are recent events coincidental?
The country has had many stressful events with political problems and others. I have noticed people in general are more stressed Maybe it carries over into the football arena. The media doesn't help.
Absolutely! Your looking at a job that's nearly all year around now. Even if you don't make the playoffs, your instantly thrown into the combine, draft, scouting, and looking at free agents. OTAs start soon after, mini camps, and the nest thing you know, the season is starting again. I believe social media has increased stress on coaches also, especially when their not performing good. I agree with you in for the many social platforms.
I think about Lovie going 10-6 with Chicago a few years back and lost his job. A 10 win season is pretty solid. Expectations are always growing and everyone wants to win now. Watching over players, signal calling, coaching assistants, a job for NFL head coaches is certainly stressful.
I think you're touching on a truth that these are stressful times and ours is a stressful place. But we all could take steps to relieve stress. I think coaching in the NFL is a job where long hours are part of the job description. I'm not sure it needs to be that way. NFL teams have huge staffs. The Denver Broncos have no less than 23 assistant coaches including interim head coach Jack Del Rio. That's enough coaches for each of them to coach just one starter on one side of the ball. The greatest coaching staff in the history of the NFL was probably the 1950s era New York Giants coached by Jim Lee Howell. He had two assistants, Tom Landry on defense and Vince Lombardi on offense. Historically, coaches have worked long hours and if a team isn't doing very well its often assumed the coach needs to work harder, even though by now championships are often won in the offseason when team personnel is assembled. Did any coaching move by John Fox have as much impact on the Broncos as the acquisition of Peyton Manning? I don't mean to discount the credit that coaches can have. But I'm not sure long hours are the answer. A coach's decision-making acumen is something he brings to the job. It's not enhanced by a lack of sleep.
The Head Coach position in the NFL is arguably the most difficult job in sports. Right now the longest tenured coach with his team is Bill Belichick. He has won 3 Super Bowls, led the Patriots to ten division titles, including a perfect 16-0 regular season. If this is the model of efficiency that the NFL is looking for, if I was a coach, I'd be stressed out too.
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