Not since 2006 has Marty Schottenheimer been on the sidelines for a professional football team and coaching his style of play. It was then he led the San Diego Chargers to a 14-2 record but was released thanks to a timultuous relationship with general manager A.J. Smith. Now the NFL is in lockout mode due to labor discussions going the wrong way.
But Marty Schottenheimer is still going to be coaching next season anyway.
Sixth on the NFL’s all-time coaching victories list, Schottenheimer will join the United Football League (UFL) and coach the Virginia Destroyers, formerly known as the Florida Tuskers.
“I am excited to lead the Destroyers and am eager to return to the football field in Virginia,” Schottenheimer said in a statement announcing his hiring. “I have been impressed with the fervor and passion that has been created in the region for a team that has yet to play a down of football. I promise the fans there that we will repay them with a great product on the field and a franchise to make them proud.”
Schottenheimer has a career NFL regular season record of 200-126-1 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins. His postseason record is a lot less promising at only 5-13.
The UFL should not be taken lightly or as if they are the minor leagues because the action is very competitve and Schottenheimer is actually taking over one of the top teams in the league. Virginia is going to be in their inaugural season but still have the roster of a Tuskers team that reached the first two UFL title games.
Paul Hackett, former NFL assistant to Schottenheimer, is expected to be named the Destroyers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach according to ESPN.
“The Destroyers fans have been very patient in waiting for a head coach and we believe we have rewarded them with a great leader and a proven winner,” UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue. “Marty Schottenheimer is among the NFL coaching greats and his record speaks for itself. He is another quality coach whose appointment will benefit all areas of the United Football League from player development to ensuring we continue to provide great entertainment for our fans.”
Former Atlanta Falcons’ head coach Jerry Glanville also recently joined the UFL coaching ranks when he signed on to coach Hartford.
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