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Marty Schottenheimer
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Schottenheimer in 2013
No. 56, 57, 54
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1943-09-23)September 23, 1943
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Died: February 8, 2021(2021-02-08) (aged 77)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Cherry
(McDonald, Pennsylvania)
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 49
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 7 / Pick: 56
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (2010)
  • UFL Championship (2011)
  • UFL Coach of the Year (2011)
  • AP NFL Coach of Year (2004)
  • PFW NFL Coach of Year (2004)
  • Maxwell Club NFL Coach of Year (2004)
  • UPI NFL Coach of the Year (AFC) (2004)
  • UPI AFC Coach of the Year (1986)
  • AFL Champion (1965)
  • AFL All-Star (1965)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season: NFL: .613
UFL: .750
Postseason: NFL: .278
UFL: 1.000
Career: NFL: .596
UFL: .833
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Martin Edward "Marty" Schottenheimer ( September 23, 1943 – February 8, 2021) was an American retired-professional American football player and coach. He served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers. He had the most wins of any NFL coach to never coach a team in a Super Bowl.

Early life

Schottenheimer was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was raised in McDonald, Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh.

Career

From 1965 through 1968, he played for the Buffalo Bills. From 1969 through 1970, he played for the Boston Patriots.

In 21 years as an NFL head coach, Schottenheimer won 200 regular season games and 5 out of 18 games in the postseason. He had only two seasons with more losses than wins in his entire career, and none until his 15th season; the Browns finished with a losing record in his first season, but with Schottenheimer as their coach, they were 4–4. He is the only coach in NFL history with at least 200 wins that has a losing playoff record.

He was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 2002 through 2006. He was fired from his head coaching position with the San Diego Chargers in 2007, after leading the Chargers to a 14–2 regular season record but a disappointing second round playoff loss.

After being fired as head coach of the Chargers, he became the head coach of the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He would later win his only championship as a coach in his lone season there.

Schottenheimer was heavily influenced by Lou Saban, his first professional head coach in the American Football League. In turn, several NFL head coaches trace their lineage back to Schottenheimer.

He gave many head coaches their first coaching jobs. All of these coaches coached under Schottenheimer:

Schottenheimer was never able to either win a Super Bowl championship or even reach a Super Bowl as a head coach. However, four of his former assistant coaches won Super Bowls as head coaches: Cowher with the Steelers in 2005; Dungy with the Colts in 2006; McCarthy with the Packers in 2010; and Arians with the Buccaneers in 2020. Additionally, Wade Phillips has never won a Super Bowl title as a head coach, but he did win a Super Bowl title as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos in 2015.

Schottenheimer's son Brian has served as a coach for multiple NFL and college teams since 1997. His longest tenure was with the New York Jets, as their offensive coordinator from 2006 through 2011. In January 2018, the Seattle Seahawks announced that they had hired Brian as their offensive coordinator, a post he would hold until January 2021.

Schottenheimer's younger brother Kurt coached for multiple professional and college teams. His first position was as defensive coordinator for William Paterson University in 1974; he then coached for a total of 12 different teams from 1978 through 2012. He most recently served as Marty's successor as head coach with the Virginia Destroyers of the now defunct UFL.

Personal life

In 1968, he married his wife Pat. They have two children including Brian, who serves as the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Schottenheimr's younger brother Kurt has also served as an NFL coach.

In October 2016, it was revealed that Schottenheimer was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2011.

On February 3, 2021, his family announced he had been put into hospice care the week before in Charlotte, North Carolina. He died on February 8, 2021 from problems caused by Alzheimer's disease, aged 77.

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