Despite flaws, coaching tough to leave behind
It's a job that is rife with stress, demands long hours away from family and includes the highest highs and the lowest lows. But coaches just can't leave it behind, writes Len Pasquarelli.
PHOENIX -- Deep into thought and slumped even deeper into a plush lounge chair on the sunny veranda of The Arizona Biltmore -- the immaculately manicured resort at which the league convened its annual meetings this week -- John Madden sat and watched the NFL universe slowly pass him by.
The Hall of Fame coach, color analyst and computer-game namesake looked tan. He looked relaxed. And he looked on, at times seemingly bemused by it all, as the NFL proceedings spun wildly around him as coaches ...
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