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Marty Schottenheimer died at 77; NFL world mourns all-time great head coach

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Legendary NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Schottenheimer set a dazzling career record of 200-126-1, spending 20 years as a head coach with the Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Chargers. He last coached an NFL game in 2006, after being ousted from the Chargers head coach position after a playoff loss to the Patriots.

Schottenheimer is one of seven NFL coaches to have won at least 200 games in their NFL head coaching career, but he is the only former coach in that group not to be entered into 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 each, but are active coaches.

Unfortunately for Schottenheimer, playoff success has often eluded his teams, in part thanks to the rough roads his teams had to travel in the playoffs. Of those six other coaches with 200 wins, Schottenheimer is the only one without a championship ring, going 5-13 in the playoffs. His teams have reached the AFC Championship game three times: twice with the Browns, losing to John Elway and the Broncos, and once with the Chiefs, losing to Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly and the Bills in 1994.

As a player, Schottenheimer played five seasons in the NFL with the Bills and then the Boston Patriots, before the merger, as a linebacker. Known for his rah-rah speeches and fiery demeanor, Schottenheimer was also the father of “Marty Ball,” a conservative but effective approach to offense in the league that has often earned him contempt and criticism for his first-rate approach.

Schottenheimer’s son Brian also spent time as an NFL coach, most recently as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. He is currently the passing game coordinator for the Jaguars.

Schottenheimer’s legacy as a legendary NFL head coach has endured and earned him praise, respect, admiration and remembering from all corners of the NFL world.


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