Remembering a Legend: Marty Schottenheimer
Former Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer passed away in his home state of South Carolina on February 8, 2021. He succumbed to his condition of Alzheimer's that Monday night; we send our condolences to all his friends and family.
Schottenheimer was a head coach in the NFL for 21 years. In those 21 years, Schottenheimer amassed an amazing record of 200-126-1. He is currently 8th on the most wins list for a NFL coach.
During Schottenheimer's two-decade career, he coached four different teams. His first team, and by far the team he did the most for, was the Kansas City Chiefs. Though he was never able to grab his team a Super Bowl, he was able to accumulate an outstanding record of 101-58-1 with this team. After giving his all to the Chiefs for over a decade, Schottenheimer resigned in 1999 and went to the Cleveland Browns after having his first losing record and having missed the playoffs all together with a record of 7-9 .
With his five-year tenure on the Cleveland Browns, Schottenheimer finished with a record of 44-27. With the Browns, Schottenheimer came close to getting to the Super Bowl several times, as he did with the Chiefs. However, his departure for this club came after he and the owner of the Browns couldn't see eye-to-eye about whether or not to hire an offensive coordinator. Schottenheimer, who had assumed the role after the former offensive coordinator went to the Green Bay Packers, believed that hiring a coordinator would actually set them back. However, the owner did not see it this way and Marty left for the Washington Redskins.
Since the retirement of the legendary Joe Gibb in 2008, the Washington Redskins were looking for someone to fill his role. They were looking at several other candidates, however, they ultimately were able to talk Schottenheimer out of retirement. Once there Marty was given almost complete power over the team. With his new found power and his coaches, Schottenheimer was ready to whip his team into shape. Although Washington had a bad start with a 0-5 record, they bounced back by the end and came up with a 8-8 record, a save to the season even though they missed the playoffs. After that season, Dan Snyder, one of the more controversial owners of an NFL team and owner of the Washington Redskins, wanted all his powers back; however, Schottenheimer wouldn't budge and was fired that offseason. Many considered this one of the worst decisions made by Dan Snyder, a man notorious for bad decisions.
Marty Schottenheimer's final stretch as a head coach was with the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers, Schottenheimer accumulated a record of 47-33. The duo of the future Hall-of-Famer Drew Breeze and the legendary coach, also destined for the hall of fame, Schottenheimer was a scary sight for teams during the mid 2000's.
Every game was a battle when going up against his team. He even won Coach of the Year in the NFL for his masterful performance during the 2004 season. In that season, the Chargers had a record of 12-4 and won the AFC championship. In his final season, Marty and the Chargers went 14-2 and won the AFC division.
A legendary way to go by a legendary coach.