Jason Garrett: Coaches need balance too

IRVING, Texas -- There is no life out of football for coaches during the season. There is barely a life for them when it is not football season.

The recent health scares involving Denver Broncos coach John Fox and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has brought examination of just how long a day coaches put in on a daily and weekly basis.

Fox underwent heart surgery on Monday and will miss multiple weeks to recover with the Broncos naming ex-Cowboy Jack Del Rio their interim head coach. Kubiak collapsed at halftime of the Texans’ Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kubiak was treated with medicine designed to break up clots consistent with people who suffer strokes.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wished his contemporaries well but acknowledged time is not always a coach’s friend. The days are long, but he attempts to break them up with workouts or other activities away from the game.

“Coaches work hard,” Garrett said. “That’s well-documented. We work long hours and there’s a lot of commitment that goes into the jobs that we have, but nobody would trade these jobs for anything. We’re fortunate to do what we do, and certainly you have to try to have balance in your life and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle given some of the circumstances that we find ourselves in, but that’s what we signed up for, and again, we wish Gary and Fox nothing but the best in coming back. They’ll be back as good as new in no time.”