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Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer dies at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness with Alzheimers
Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer died on Tuesday, he was 77. Schottenheimer died from Alzheimer's disease. He was diagnosed with the illness in 2014. He was recently moved to a hospice in Charlotte, North Carolina back on January 30.
Schottenheimer is the 7th winningest head coach in the NFL with 200 wins. He coached in the NFL for 21 seasons. He coached the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and the San Diego Chargers.
Shottenheimer was always known for "Martyball", a conservative style of play that he implemented into his coaching, which included a strong potent running game, and a tough defense. He successfully coached his teams to 10 or more winning games eleven times in his coaching career. His only dismal record was in the postseason. He was 5-13 in the playoffs. One of his best seasons was when he coached the San Diego Chargers to a 14-2 record in 2006. They were the were the top seed in the AFC that season, only to fall to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the divisional round 24-21.
Schottenheimer coached 3 teams to the postseason and has coached his teams in the playoffs 13 times in his 21 seasons.
Schottenheimer never coached in the Super Bowl. Both of his Cleveland Brown teams in '86, and '87 were close to making the Super Bowl but fell short twice to the Denver Broncos. During the '86 AFC Championship game, Broncos quarterback John Elway led his team 98 yards down the field to tie the game. The Broncos later won in overtime. The following season, the Browns were losing 38-31 to the Broncos, Browns running Earnest Byner fumbled on the Broncos 3-yard line with 1:12 seconds left in the game. Broncos won the game 38-33. They took a safety to run the clock out to head back to the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos sent out a statement today on his former coach.
" You couldn't outwork him. You couldn't out-prepare him. And you certainly always knew exactly where you stood with him. I am grateful that he was our head coach for five seasons, and I am even more fortunate to have been able to call him a friend."
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who played for Schottenheimer with the San Diego Chargers sends a statement about his former coach on his Instagram.
" The lessons and wisdom of Marty Schottenheimer will forever ring in my ears. He loved his players and he loved his family. I am so grateful and honored to have played for him. Rest in peace Coach Marty!"
Schottenheimer is survived by his wife Pat, two children, and four grandchildren.