By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
If you think your 9 to 5 work week is crazy, maybe consider the life of an NFL head coach, who commonly works over 100 hours in a week.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz understands the risks of lengthy work weeks and the high pressure that comes along with his role, but he’s OK with it. In fact, to curb his weary eyes he turns to “Tylenol (and) caffeine.” And don’t expect anything to change anytime soon.
While both Broncos’ John Fox and Texans’ Gary Kubiak each sustained health scares last week, the burden to win is so great that head coaches go through every minute detail with a fine-tooth comb.
“That’s probably the same way you would talk in the locker room about a player that saw another player get an ACL or have another injury — if you let that affect the way you work, you’re in the wrong boat,” Schwartz said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Coaches don’t work 100 hours a week because they’re doing it because that’s healthy. They do it because the job requires it. It just is what it is.”
Players also understand what comes with the intense, obsessive lifestyle of coaching.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson, who has been recovering from a broken arm, noted that even offensive assistants sleep in their office because they spend so much time away from home.
“People often ask me if I’m going to get into coaching, just because I’m a pretty good motivator, I know the sport and playing a long time,” Burleson said. “One thing I say automatically all the time is: ‘Too many hours.’ It’s one of the more stressful jobs I see out there.
“We’re here a ton, but then I go up and I talk to a coach about anything and I’m sitting in his office and I peek down and glance underneath his desk, and there’s a pillow and a blanket. For a brief moment, I laugh and I’m like, ‘Holy smokes, this guys sleeps in his office.’ But then when you really think about it, it’s like, ‘This guy really sleeps in his office.’
“They give a lot and sacrifice a lot of their time and health to this sport, and it goes unseen.”
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