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So does a fat head coach have a detrimental affect on a team's overall performance? It's still up in the air.
One might say that it is purely coincidental. However, one might argue that if they were a player and Andy Reid came up to them and said, "Hey you need to lose some weight to get better, go and run some laps," they would laugh right in his face.
One might find it hard to accept something like this when coming from someone who has no self-discipline in their own lifestyle, health and fitness. Furthermore, one would argue that they are much more likely to listen to someone like Mike Tomlin, who is very much in shape, as he adheres to the standards which he asks the players to abide by also.
You should always practice what you preach, regardless of what profession you are in, and this is something that is beginning to permeate the world of football more than ever.
This argument does have a certain amount of validity to it and is something to consider as the league continues to change. However, as long as we have exceptions to the rule like Mike McCarthy and Mike Holmgren, there will always be naysayers who put it down to coincidence and I am not entirely sure if I am not one of them.
It's obvious that coaches ARE becoming younger and fitter, but the jury is still out on whether that makes them better coaches than the overweight ones.
It most certainly SHOULD (practice what you preach), but whether or not it does is still up for debate. It is impossible to truly know whether or not a coach's weight is made redundant by the overwhelming respect that players have for him regardless, as seems to be the case with Rexy!
I, for one, would like to celebrate our lovable bags of fun, as they really help us get the most out of our 3D TVs!