Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/19/14

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- NFL players, by and large, aren't the brightest candles in the box when it comes to a lot of things -- money, personal safety, friends, agents, crisis management, the opposite sex -- but when it comes to coaches, they can smell a phony from a mile away. The glorious myth is one heartbeat, one pulse, 53 hands pulling on the same rope. The truth, as it is with most things, offers more shades of gray. College football players are indentured (if often -- gasp! -- slyly compensated) servants of the mighty dictator with the whistle, the long-term contract and the control over one-year-at-a-time scholarships. Pro football players are 53 small businesses gathered under one roof, grown men who need convincing that this is expletive deleted going to work. And, as much as anything, this is the most pressing challenge of the NFL coach, especially if they've led and enjoyed the dictator life. "Because I say so" suffices when you're herding 18-year-olds. A 29-year-old lineba...
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