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Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:40 pm
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MartyBall last appeared in the NFL in 2006. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Buccaneers aren't playing any games when it comes to seeking out a discipline-heavy coach to replace Raheem Morris, having already interviewed Mike Sherman for the open position.

And now, in some shocking news, they'll also talk to Marty Schottenheimer. Yes, Marty. That's according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who reports that Schotty will talk with the Bucs on Tuesday about their head-coaching gig.

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Marty last coached in the NFL in 2006, when he went 14-2 with the Chargers, won the AFC West, made it to the AFC Divisional Game and came one Marlon McCree dive to the ground after an interception shy of upsetting the Patriots and advancing to the AFC Championship Game.

After that season, Marty was fired when assistant coaches Cam Cameron, Wade Phillips (who's also talking to the Bucs this week), Rod Chudzinski and Greg Manusky all bolted for other gigs and his relationship with general manager A.J. Smith became extremely strained.

Schottenheimer, who has a career 61.3 winning percentage as a head coach in the NFL, won his first championship at any level with the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Though Marty might seem a bit old (68) to dive back into the NFL with a young team like the Buccaneers, it's possible that his hard-nosed, disciplined approach and an emphasis on "MartyBall" (read: run, run, pass, punt) could help reverse Tampa Bay's fortunes in 2011.

Another interesting aspect of a potential Marty hire in Tampa is the effect it would have on Brian Schottenheimer, the Jets offensive coordinator. Marty's son is believed to be out of New York one way or another, and jumping ship from the Jets to the Bucs would be a logical move for a coach who's already worked under his father at three different stops in his career.

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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Even if he doesn't win in the playoffs with the Bucs, he can get the team back on track for success (just as long as they don't replace Schottenheimer with Norv Turner).



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

That would be awesome with the great defensive front they have. He would be a great fit.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:26 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

nice PR for a loser in the playoffs. EVERY YEAR.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Why picky on Marty's age? From what we have seen thus far hiring 40-seomthing year olds to be head coach is a certain recipe for disaster....unless the team has a very good offense and somewhat capable offense. Hire the best person for the job regardless of age, gender or ethinictiy.

On that note I would love to see Marc Trestman get hired as an NFL head coach. He has taken his CFL team to three straight Grey Cups and winning his last two appearances.

The guy is simply too good for the NFL to ignore and yet the NFL continues to hire retreads like Tom Walsh and Jimmy Raye who have no business directing an NFL offense. 



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Good for Marty.  As a Broncos fan, I was rooting for us to hire him over the past 2 hires.  He's a great coach.

Fourth time is a charm, Marty!



Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

It would be a great move for the Bucs.  It make me a lil uneasy being a Saints fan and having to play them twice a year, but it would be nice to see him coaching again.



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

I have huge  repect for Marty and I think htat this young team needs his discipline  but....  Lookat the division and I don't think martyball will get the job done.  



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

I'm sold. Hurry up and sign him already. Time is a wast'n. A basic mediocre coach is fine, but the Bucs need a really good D-coordinator though.




Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

There is really only one question he had to be asked in the interview........"Will you run the dam ball"?



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Marty Schottenheimer would be a perfect fit for what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need in a head coach and they will get his son in the process as well. Then when Marty steps down his son will get the job. I know the knock on Marty about his postseason failures, but he's a great football coach and I believe he would have finally had some playoff success in San Diego if A.J. Smith didn't screw him over after a rock solid 14-2 season! That was a very young team with the potential to do great things, but Smith decided to replace Marty with Norv Turner, wow I still can't believe that!


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