Legendary NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at age 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Schottenheimer put together 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, being ousted as Chargers head coach after a playoff loss to the Patriots.
Schottenheimer is one of just seven NFL coaches who have won at least 200 games in their NFL head coaching career, but he is the only former coach in that group not enshrined 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, playoff success often eluded his teams, thanks in part to difficult roads his squads had to travel in postseason play. Of those six other coaches with 200 wins, Schottenheimer is the only one without a championship ring, with a 5-13 career postseason record. His teams 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 for five seasons in the NFL with the Bills and then Boston Patriots, pre-merger, as a linebacker. Known for his rah-rah speeches and fiery demeanor, Schottenheimer was also the father of “Marty Ball,” a conservative-yet-effective approach to offense in the league that often earned him scorn and criticism for its run-first approach.
Schottenheimer’s son Brian also has spent time as an NFL coach, most recently as the offensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He is currently the passing game coordinator for the Jaguars.
Schottenheimer’s legacy as a legendary head coach in the NFL has endured, and has earned him praise, respect, admiration and remembrance 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 you will be missed. Sending my condolences to Schottenheimer Family!!! pic.twitter.com/3xR8nEiZqS
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) February 9, 2021
I learned to love the @NFL while watching “Marty Ball” and the 1985 @Browns.
Kevin Mack and @EByner both rushed for 1,000 yards and rookie @BernieKosarQB did the rest. They made the playoffs at 8-8 and almost beat @DanMarino in Miami. I was hooked.
RIP, Marty Schottenheimer.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) February 9, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of Marty Schottenheimer. He was a great man and a great coach. He impacted 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 back-to-back AFC Title Games
Immediately turned Chiefs into winners
Coached KC to AFC’s #1 seed twice
Chargers best record ever (14-2)
Eleven 10-win seasons
Two losing 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 built quite a coaching tree. On the 1990 @Chiefs staff alone …
• DC Bill Cowher
• DBs coach @TonyDungy
• RBs coach @BruceArians
• Scout Herman Edwards
Also on that staff: 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 many mistakes under him.” pic.twitter.com/8k818AJR4v
— Steelers Takeaways 🌗 (@PittsburghSport) February 9, 2021
RIP Marty Schottenheimer, great coach, leader and team builder. His 200 wins are Hall of Fame worthy.
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) February 9, 2021
Great Marty Schottenheimer story: In 2001, Deion Sanders retired rather than play for Marty in Washington. In 2002, Marty coached the Chargers. Washington released Deion’s rights so he could join the Raiders for Super Bowl run. Marty claimed Deion on waivers, blocking the move.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 9, 2021
I got into scouting/front office/personnel in 2001 when Coach Schottenheimer became HC in Washington. His leadership, poise, & vision were such that I have often wished that I could have played 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