Marty Schottenheimer
American football player and coach
Marty Schottenheimer
Martin Edward "Marty" Schottenheimer is the current head coach of the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. Over his career, he has served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers. He has the most wins of any NFL coach since 1966 to never coach a team in a Super Bowl (which was first held in that year).
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Texans’ Bill O’Brien just another branch of Bill Belichick’s coaching tree
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
If you’re a successful NFL head coach, at some point members of your staff will get opportunities elsewhere, creating a coaching tree. That was the case for the likes of Paul Brown, Sid Gillman, Tom Landry, Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Holmgren. It’s also the case for Bill Belichick, with the New England coach who’s won four Super Bowls in the past 14 seasons facing off with ex-lieutenant Bill O’Brien on Sunday night when the Patriots visit the Texans. O’Brien is among many members of the Belichick tree who’ve coached or been executives in the NFL. Many have tried to imitate Belichick once on their own, but the results have been mixed, to say the least. Click through the gallery above to see members of the Bill Belichick coaching and management tree.
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Texans’ Rick Smith in dubious company among NFL general managers
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
Texans general manager Rick Smith is a polarizing figure among the team’s fan base during its struggles over his tenure, with a particular emphasis on the team’s drafting miscues. He’s also in dubious company among his fellow NFL general managers. Smith is one of only two general managers in the past 25 years to serve at least 10 seasons with his team not reaching a conference championship game. In his 10th season, Smith has two playoff appearances as Texans GM, with a 74-79 record through week 10 of this season. The only other GM to match Smith is Cincinnati’s Mike Brown. But unlike Smith, Brown also owns his franchise, so his job security as GM seems pretty safe. Since Brown took over as the owner/GM in the 1991 season, the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game – including wild-card losses to the Texans in 2011 and 2012 – and lost more than 10 games nine times from 1991 to 2002. Dallas’ Jerry Jones is the other member of the NFL’s owner/GM club, and his team hasn’t reached the ...
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Chiefs Q&A with Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride + Texans notes
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Want to know more about the Texans matchup against the Chiefs? I couldn’t think of a better person to do Q&A with this week than Joel Thorman, who along with Chris Thorman have been running Arrowhead Pride blog for 7 years. Chris works for SB Nation in DC. Joel is in KC and is SB Nation’s league manager for the NFL blogs. If you aren’t familiar with the SB Nation blog network, I think they have one of the best interfaces for creating blog content and fan communities. (Battle Red Blog is the Texans SB Nation blog). On Twitter, you can find Joel at @ArrowheadPride and Chris is at @christhorman. Chiefs Q&A with Joel Thorman What is different/same between this Chiefs team and previous ones? “The obvious ones are Andy Reid and Alex Smith. Both have been great at times, OK at others, but there’s no doubt they’ve been good enough. It really starts with Reid, in my opinion. One of our readers wrote this recently –“Be smart tonight” – which shows that we’re still starting to ...
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Chargers’ playoff failures provide Texans path to avoid
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
A good but rarely great quarterback, who often thrilled but annually finished short of full-season fulfillment. A once-overlooked running back, whose rare blend of natural athleticism and pure power peaked when another end zone and touchdown were in sight. A well-respected and long-tenured coach, who balanced a devotion to old-school football with a gradual embrace of the high-volume, pass-first modern game. A city that fell back in love with the pro sport, channeling hope, pride and frustration into some of the deepest and most talented teams in recent NFL history. No, not the Texans, whose quest for a first Super Bowl appearance begins Monday in San Diego. Instead, the 2004-09 Chargers. Dynamic but ultimately depressing teams that went a combined 67-29, turning an era defined by names such as Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marty Schottenheimer into a lasting reminder about what happens when loaded rosters and packed stadiums end up as regular playoff defeats. “L.T ...
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Marty Schottenheimer hails Andy Reid hiring as 'spectacular'
USA Today- Sports - about 4 years
Kansas City Chiefs get ex-Eagles head coach before he has a chance to listen to pitches by Cardinals and Chargers
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Schottenheimer For Chiefs GM: WWMD?
Arrowhead Addict - over 4 years
I cannot say that it is an incompetence thing, a pride or arrogance or attitude thing, a corporate culture thing, or simply a bad luck thing, but I do know that whatever it is, it is without question a very exasperating, very disappointing, excuse-exhausted thing.  I am talking about Scott Pioli’s tenure as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club. A hire that initially seemed all hopeful and shiny new has lost all of its brilliance, all of its hope. Sadly for us weary, die-hard fans, the time has come for Clark Hunt to own this failure, start fresh, and try once more. To that end, I contribute my voice and my vote. I suggest a GM with a proven track record of fixing broken teams, re-infusing them with fundamental football and fiery motivation, and galvanizing all that into a highly competitive, highly feared NFL team, year in and year out. I suggest somebody who is out front with the media, articulate, unafraid to speak his mind and connects with fans in a natural, ...
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Barbara Bruno: NFL 2012 Preseason Preview: The AFC West
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The Chargers have already lost their RB and a major WR, Kansas City is a sleeping tiger for 2012, Oakland still goes as Darren McFadden goes and, despite appearances, it's not all about Peyton Manning in Denver. Denver Broncos It's the nature of having one of the biggest all-time NFL stars move into your neighborhood that you will lead the breakdown. For the sake of enjoying football, let's assume that Manning will be at least back to 2010 form (66.3 completion percentage with 4,700 yards, 33 TDs). Denver fans will be quite happy with that. Especially since Willis McGahee averaged almost 5 yards per carry last year. 2011 wrap-up: 1. Not including Tim Tebow runs, the Broncos rushed for 1,972 yards last season. 2. The 19th-ranked defense should be better in its second year with coach JohnFox (although the Elvis Dumervil arrest could hurt and Champ Bailey is, well, old). They need to improve to tenth. 3. Tebow completed 46.5 percent of his regular-season passe ...
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Ohio State's spring game an exercise in Urban Meyer toughness: Bill Livingston
Cleveland - almost 5 years
Urban Meyer's first spring game at Ohio State as head coach shows his intent to create intensity and toughness on his team -- including quarterbacks -- in the hard-hitting pre-game "circle drill." View full sizeJohn Kuntz, The Plain Dealer"We're looking for intensity," new OSU head coach Urban Meyer said Saturday during full-contact "circle drills" before the Buckeyes' Scarlet-Gray Game at Ohio Stadium. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It isn't about the ball, even though it is about football. So there wasn't one placed on the strip of field turf that separated the players. It is purely an exercise in aggression, a one-on-one test that Urban Meyer uses to determine which player is up to the standards of what he expects at Ohio State and which does not. An assistant coach separates two players, both of them quivering with barely suppressed fury in their stances a yard apart. The aide drops his arm and dances back. D ...
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NFL Confidential: Tampa Bay taking a look at Marty Schottenheimer
Jacksonville - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-269800" href="/tom+coughlin">Tom Coughlin</a> will be coaching the New York Giants in a playoff game at Green Bay Sunday as the oldest coach in the league at age 65. Since nobody expects Coughlin to retire — that word doesn’t seem to be in his vocabulary — he will be coaching the Giants next year at age 66 when he will become the second-longest tenured coach in the history of the franchise. (No. 1? Steve Owen, 22 years). But there’s a chance that Coughlin won’t be the oldest coach in the NFL next year. read more
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Marty Schottenheimer, who has an indirect tie to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, is eager to return to NFL
The Palm Beach Post - about 5 years
With a handful of NFL teams still seeking a head coach, high-profile names are in short supply. Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden have chosen to remain in TV and Jeff Fisher decided Friday to join St.
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Some Smart NFL Team Should Hire Marty Schottenheimer, The Most Underappreciated NFL Coach of All-Time
Midwest Sports Fan - about 5 years
This post is going to be relatively quick, because the point is an easy one to make. It boils down to this: Some smart NFL franchise that values winning and player development should hire <a class="fplink fp-592812" href="/marty+schottenheimer">Marty Schottenheimer</a>, who is one of the most underrated coaches, in any sport, of my lifetime. We hear often, and correctly, that winning football games in the National Football League is hard. When there is a movie called Any Given Sunday based on the well-known and legitimate sentiment that margins between winning and losing in the NFL are razor thin, extra value should be placed on a coach who can win consistently, at a high level, and in multiple places. Allow me to introduce you to <a class="fplink fp-592812" href="/marty+schottenheimer">Marty Schottenheimer</a>. All He Does Is Win (In The Regular Season Anyway) I have been very encouraged by recent reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to hire Marty. If I ra ...
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Marty Schottenheimer, former Cleveland Browns coach, is a candidate in Tampa Bay - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-592812" href="/marty+schottenheimer">Marty Schottenheimer</a> is a candidate for the Tampa Bay coaching vacancy.
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Turner, Chargers need to toughen up vs. Pats - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
That game was like the climax of a Greek tragedy, then-Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer losing his mind when he went for it on fourth-and-11 in the first quarter and safety Marlon McCree (notes) losing the game when he didn&#39;t just fall down after a
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UFL gives two ex-NFL stars a chance at redemption - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
Peterson (not the Vikings&#39; star) and Rhodes needed no formals when head coach Marty Schottenheimer convened training camp last month. Both are 32 and entered the NFL a year apart – Rhodes first in 2001. They each spent eight seasons there and combined
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Raiders coach Jackson reflects on 9/11 - Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Google News - over 5 years
I was at the Washington Redskins, coaching for Marty Schottenheimer, in a room with receivers coach Richard Mann. And I was putting the blitzes up, I was the running backs coach at the time, and I looked up at the TV. Richard would work on one side of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marty Schottenheimer
  • 2012
    Age 68
    Schottenheimer's son Brian was the New York Jets offensive coordinator before announcing his intent to leave in January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details When the Jets defeated the San Diego Chargers in the 2009 Divisional Playoffs, Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan sent Marty the game ball as a friendly gesture regarding the team that had fired him three years earlier. Brian later became the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams and is currently the offensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs football. Schottenheimer's younger brother Kurt coached the Green Bay Packers' secondary from 2006 to 2008 before he was fired. Kurt was most recently serving as Marty's successor as head coach with the Virginia Destroyers of the now defunct UFL (this is not reflected in the above tree, which shows only NFL-based relationships).
    Schottenheimer abruptly resigned from the Destroyers shortly before the 2012 season, citing discomfort over unspecified issues facing the team that season and the failure of the team to meet also-unspecified conditions for his return.
    More Details Hide Details Schottenheimer later sued Hambrecht after not receiving any of the money he was owed. Soon after being replaced as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, he was hired by ESPN to work as an NFL Insider on the network, returning to a role he had served in between his coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. He has recently been seen on SportsCenter and NFL Live. Schottenheimer was heavily influenced by Lou Saban, his first professional head coach in the American Football League. In turn, several current NFL Head Coaches trace their lineage back to Marty Schottenheimer on his Coaching tree: Schottenheimer gave many head coaches their first coaching jobs. All of these coaches have coached under Schottenheimer:
  • 2011
    Age 67
    His starting running back, Dominic Rhodes, was also named the MVP of the 2011 UFL season. On October 21, 2011, the Virginia Destroyers derailed the two-time defending UFL Champion Las Vegas Locomotives 17–3 in the 2011 UFL Championship Game at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
    More Details Hide Details It was Schottenheimer's first ever championship as a coach.
    Schottenheimer's efforts earned him the 2011 United Football League Coach of the Year award.
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    He led the Destroyers to a 4–1 record in the shortened 2011 regular season, earning a playoff berth with home-field advantage in his first season.
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    In March 2011, the Virginia Destroyers hired Schottenheimer to be their first head coach and general manager, at the age of 67.
    More Details Hide Details In order to lure Schottenheimer to the Destroyers, league majority owner William Hambrecht personally guaranteed he would pay Schottenheimer's $1.1 million salary for the eight-game season.
  • 2007
    Age 63
    Schottenheimer was abruptly fired by San Diego on February 12, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Reasons for his firing include a strained relationship with general manager A. J. Smith, which reached a breaking point when four assistants (Cam Cameron, Wade Phillips, Rob Chudzinski and Greg Manusky) left for positions with other teams. These coaches all left to pursue higher level opportunities with other teams, which cannot be prevented by the team they are leaving under NFL rules; two of them became head coaches, instead of merely making a lateral move to the same position with another team. Jim Trotter, of the San Diego Union Tribune, also believes that Schottenheimer's insistence that his brother, Kurt Schottenheimer, replace Phillips as the defensive coordinator further strained the relationship between team president Dean Spanos and Schottenheimer. Spanos had always been against the idea of allowing relatives to be on the same coaching staff, even though Schottenheimer's son Brian was the Chargers' quarterbacks coach. Schottenheimer even went as far to book a flight to San Diego for his brother, Kurt, against Spanos' wishes. This act of defiance increased the gap between Spanos and Schottenheimer.
  • 2004
    Age 60
    He was named NFL Coach of the Year for the 2004 NFL season.
    More Details Hide Details Schottenheimer led the team to two playoff appearances, his 12th and 13th as a head coach. However, both appearances resulted in disappointing losses; to the underdog New York Jets in overtime in 2005, and to the New England Patriots in 2007, bringing his playoff record to 5–13.
  • 2003
    Age 59
    His success didn't come immediately, as the team posted a 4–12 record in 2003, thereby "earning" the first overall pick in the draft.
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  • 2002
    Age 58
    The San Diego Chargers hired Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach on January 29, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Schottenheimer posted a 47–33 record (.588) with the Chargers.
    Despite this, in a controversial move, Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, fired Schottenheimer on January 13, 2002 after just one 8–8 season to make room for former University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier.
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  • 1999
    Age 55
    After working as a football analyst for ESPN from 1999 to 2000, Schottenheimer was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins for the 2001 season.
    More Details Hide Details Schottenheimer's Redskins became the first team in NFL history to win five consecutive games immediately after losing its first five games. The Redskins won eight of their final eleven games to narrowly miss the post season.
  • 1998
    Age 54
    After a disappointing 7 - 9 season in 1998, Schottenheimer resigned as Chiefs head coach on January 11, 1999.
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  • 1989
    Age 45
    Schottenheimer spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, from 1989 to 1998 recording a 101–58–1 regular season record (.634) and had three division titles, seven playoff appearances, and a trip to the AFC Championship game in 1993, losing to the Buffalo Bills.
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  • 1988
    Age 44
    Schottenheimer would remain with the Browns until 1988, amassing a 44–27 (.620) regular-season record and a 2–4 (.333) mark in the playoffs, including four playoff appearances, three AFC Central Division titles, and two trips to the AFC Championship Game (both against the Denver Broncos).
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  • 1984
    Age 40
    On October 22, 1984, Schottenheimer replaced Sam Rutigliano as Browns head coach.
    More Details Hide Details The 1–7 Browns then went 4–4 under Schottenheimer to finish the season with a 5–11 record.
  • 1980
    Age 36
    In 1980, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
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  • 1978
    Age 34
    Schottenheimer spent 1978 and 1979 as the linebackers coach for the NFL's Detroit Lions.
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  • 1975
    Age 31
    In 1975 he was hired as a linebackers coach for the NFL's New York Giants and in 1977 became defensive coordinator.
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  • 1974
    Age 30
    Schottenheimer's professional coaching career began in 1974 when he became linebackers coach for the Portland Storm of the World Football League.
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    Schottenheimer came out of retirement in 1974 to sign with the Portland Storm of the World Football League as a player-coach.
    More Details Hide Details He injured his shoulder prior to the start of the season, but stayed on with the Storm as their linebackers coach.
  • 1971
    Age 27
    He retired from football in 1971 and spent the next several years working in the real estate industry.
    More Details Hide Details Schottenheimer credits his professional playing career as being his inspiration for coaching.
    He was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1971 but was traded again to the Colts before the beginning of the 1971 season.
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  • 1969
    Age 25
    Some time between the 1969 preseason and regular season, Schottenheimer was sent to the Boston Patriots and spent the next two seasons with the Pats.
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    Schottenheimer was still with the team during the 1969 preseason and intercepted two passes in a game against the Houston Oilers.
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  • 1965
    Age 21
    He signed with the Bills and spent the next four (1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968) seasons with Buffalo, including the Bills' 1965 AFL Championship season, when he was selected to the AFL All-Star Team.
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    Schottenheimer was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Fort Cherry High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Schottenheimer, a linebacker, was selected in the fourth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts and in the seventh round of the 1965 American Football League draft by the Buffalo Bills.
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  • 1943
    Born on September 23, 1943.
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