Marty Schottenheimer lifeless on the age of 77; The NFL world is in mourning for the nice head coach of all time
Legendary NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at the age of 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Schottenheimer set a dazzling career record of 200-126-1 and spent 20 years as head coach with the Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Chargers. He last coached an NFL game in 2006 and was ousted as head coach by Chargers after a playoff loss to the Patriots.
Schottenheimer is one of only seven NFL coaches to have won at least 200 games in their NFL head coaching career, but he is the only former coach in this group who is not anchored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The others: Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry and Curly Lambeau. Andy Reid and Bill Belichick also have over 200 wins apiece but are active coaches.
Unfortunately for Schottenheimer, the playoff success could often elude his teams, also thanks to difficult roads his teams had to drive on in the postseason. Of these six other coaches with 200 wins, Schottenheimer is the only one without a championship ring with a record of 5 to 13 careers after the season. His teams reached the AFC championship game three times: twice with the Browns, lost to John Elway and the Broncos, and once with the Chiefs, in 1994 against Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly and the Bills.
As a player, Schottenheimer played five seasons in the NFL with the Bills and then the Boston Patriots as a linebacker prior to the merger. Schottenheimer, known for his rah-rah speeches and fiery demeanor, was also the father of "Marty Ball," a conservative yet effective approach to crime in the league, which often earned him contempt and criticism for his first approach.
Schottenheimer's son Brian has also spent time as an NFL coach, most recently as the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He is currently the temporary game coordinator for the Jaguars.
Schottenheimer's legacy as the legendary head coach in the NFL has endured, earning him praise, respect, admiration and memories from all corners of the NFL world.
Sad day for me. We lost a great coach, husband, father and husband in Coach Marty. I love you and you will be missed. I would like to express my condolences to the Schottenheimer family !!! pic.twitter.com/3xR8nEiZqS
– ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@ CRO31) February 9, 2021
I learned to love the @NFL when I watched Marty Ball and the 1985 @Browns.
Kevin Mack and @EByner both rushed for 1,000 yards and rookie @BernieKosarQB did the rest. They reached the playoffs 8-8 and almost beat @DanMarino in Miami. I was hooked.
RIP, Marty Schottenheimer.
– Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) February 9, 2021
I'm sorry to hear of Marty Schottenheimer's death. He was a great man and a great coach. He's changed so many lives for the better, including mine. My heart goes out to the Schottenheimer family.???????? pic.twitter.com/Hsdj6kV071
– Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 9, 2021
Marty Schottenheimer was an amazing HC.
Led Browns to consecutive AFC title games
Chiefs became instant winners
Trained KC twice to become number 1 AFCs
Chargers best record ever (14-2)
Eleven seasons with 10 wins
Two lost seasons in 21 years
13 playoff appearances #RIPMarty pic.twitter.com/wrQyawhvoH
– Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) February 9, 2021
Marty Schottenheimer won a lot with the Browns, Chiefs and Chargers. Also quite a coaching tree built. The @Chiefs employees from 1990 alone …
• DC Bill Cowher
• DB's Coach @TonyDungy
• RBs trainer @BruceArians
• Scout Herman Edwards
Also on this staff: Howard Mudd, Al Saunders.
– Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 9, 2021
Reggie Langhorne on Marty Schottenheimer:
"Schottenheimer was a damn good coach and we all respected him. We didn't make a lot of mistakes under him." pic.twitter.com/8k818AJR4v
– Steelers Takeaways @ (@PittsburghSport) February 9, 2021
RIP Marty Schottenheimer, great trainer, leader and team builder. His 200 victories are Hall of Fame worthy.
– Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) February 9, 2021
Great Marty Schottenheimer Story: In 2001, Deion Sanders retired instead of playing for Marty in Washington. In 2002, Marty was training the chargers. Washington released Deion's rights so that he could join the Raiders for Super Bowl run. Marty asked Deion to surrender and blocked the move.
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 9, 2021
I came to Scouting / Front Office / Personnel in 2001 when Schottenheimer became HC coach in Washington. His leadership, demeanor and vision were such that I often wished I could have played for him. May he rest in peace and offer my condolences to his family and loved ones. https://t.co/dwYrLoalWk
– Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) February 9, 2021