Marty Schottenheimer — who led the Virginia Destroyers to the United Football League title in October — is itching to get back onto an NFL sideline. On Tuesday, he’ll get a chance to make his case when he interviews with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Schottenheimer, 68, led the San Diego Chargers to a 14-2 record in 2006, but another early playoff defeat and an “irreparable relationship” with general manager A.J. Smith led to his ouster.
Despite a 200-126-1 career coaching record in the NFL, Schottenheimer’s 5-13 playoff mark lingered with him during a tumultuous 21 years at the helm for the Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers.
Naples News columnist David Moulton, for one, would be glad to welcome Marty Ball to Tampa.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a clueless, rudderless ship. They are the youngest team in the league, but that’s not why they need someone with experience (Green Bay is the second youngest).
They need a proven leader and winner because the Bucs are one of the most immature teams in the league. One that proved this year they do not know how to consistently play and win in the NFL.
Marty Schottenheimer does.”
The Buccaneers are also considering former Packers head coach Mike Sherman and will interview former Vikings coach Brad Childress today and Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Friday.
Schottenheimer’s age may be a limiting factor for a team looking for a long-term coach, but Marv Levy was string of four straight AFC championships with the Buffalo Bills came when he was well into his 60s.
The Bucs fired third-year coach Raheem Morris (17-31) after the team finished the season with 10 consecutive losses following a 4-2 start.
Schottenheimer’s son, Brian — currently the offensive coordinator of the in-fighting Jets — may be on the outs in New York and will interview for the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching position. Which means, in theory, father and son could both be coaching in the Sunshine State next fall.
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