Late Monday night, coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer passed away at the age of 77. Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and entered hospice care last week.
Marty Schottenheimer’s teams were some of the most consistent with winning in NFL history. In his 21 seasons of coaching, his teams would only put up two losing seasons. Schottenheimer won eight division titles, thirteen playoff berths, and one coach of the year award. Schottenheimer is also 8th on the all-time wins list for NFL coaches. With different coaching stints between the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and the San Diego Chargers, Schottenheimer impacted many teams.
Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has died at 77 due to Alzheimer’s.
He has the eighth-most wins of all time.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 9, 2021
Schottenheimer finished his career with a record of 200-126-1, which made him one of eight coaches with 200 or more wins. Out of those eight coaches, Schottenheimer is the only one not coaching still and not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Even with 13 playoff berths, Schottenheimer never reached the Super Bowl. However, Marty had some unlucky and memorable playoff games, such as “The Drive” by John Elway against Schottenheimer’s Cleveland Browns. Along with coaching, Schottenheimer played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and played for 5 years in the NFL before switching to coaching.
Marty Schottenheimer often went by names like the “player’s coach”. Schottenheimer formed many outstanding bonds with his players and was often known for his great motivational speeches. This was one of the main reasons for Schottenheimer’s success. You can view some of his best speeches below.
Schottenheimer’s legacy still lives on, with many of his former assistants being NFL head coaches later in their careers. Bruce Arians, Bill Cowher, and Tony Dungy, all former assistants, went on to have successful coaching careers. Marty Schottenheimer’s son, Brian Schottenheimer, served as an assistant on the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff and is now working with Urban Meyer in Jacksonville.