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.
Sad day for me. We have lost a great coach, man, father and husband in Coach Marty. I love you and we will miss you. Sending my condolences to the Schottenheimer family !!! pic.twitter.com/3xR8nEiZqS
– ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@ CRO31) February 9, 2021
RIP, Marty Schottenheimer.
– Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) February 9, 2021
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Marty Schottenheimer. He was a great man and a great coach. He had a positive impact on so many lives, including mine. My heart goes out to the Schottenheimer family. pic.twitter.com/Hsdj6kV071
– Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 9, 2021
Marty Schottenheimer was an incredible CH.
Led Browns to back-to-back AFC title games
Immediately turned chefs into winners
Checked KC to the # 1 seed in AFC twice
Best loaders record (14-2)
Eleven seasons with 10 wins
Two losing seasons in 21 years
13 playoff appearances #RIPMarty pic.twitter.com/wrQyawhvoH
– Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) February 9, 2021
Marty Schottenheimer has won a lot with the Browns, Chiefs and Chargers. Also built a whole coaching tree. On the 1990 @Chiefs staff alone …
Also on this team: Howard Mudd, Al Saunders.
– Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 9, 2021
Reggie Langhorne on Marty Schottenheimer:
“Schottenheimer was a hell of a coach and we all respected him. We didn’t make a lot of mistakes under him.” pic.twitter.com/8k818AJR4v
– Steelers Take Away ? (@PittsburghSport) February 9, 2021
RIP Marty Schottenheimer, great coach, leader and team builder. His 200 victories are worthy of the Hall of Fame.
– Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) February 9, 2021
Great Marty Schottenheimer Story: In 2001 Deion Sanders retired rather than playing for Marty in Washington. In 2002, Marty coached the Chargers. Washington released the rights to Deion so he could join the Raiders for the Super Bowl race. Marty demanded Deion on the waivers, blocking the move.
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 9, 2021
I entered Scouting / Front Office / Personal in 2001 when Coach Schottenheimer became HC in Washington. His leadership, composure and vision were such that I often wished I could play for him. May he rest in peace and my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. https://t.co/dwYrLoalWk
– Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) February 9, 2021