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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

"Marty is a guarantee to turn this team around and have them in the playoffs by 2013." And then knocked out of the playoffs in their 1st game.

Seriously, Mrty is an excellent regular season coach who just can't win in the post season.
You just never know.  Bill Cowher was in this category too, and then he took a #6 seed to the Super Bowl and won.  That all changed big time, and now Cowher is always on that list of veteran coaches who "might" come back every time there is an opening. 
Marty is capable; just hasn't happened yet.  I'm glad the article pointed out how if not for McCree fumbling back an INT (down, down, you idiot!) then they would have won and it wouldn't have been on Marty.  Players still have to execute what the coach is teaching and preaching....at ANY level of sport. 




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

wow marty schottenheimer. i know th plan, get good dfense players coach them well. he will hire a defensive coordinater, but he will run the defense. a good defense. get a big surly offensive line. get a couple of 250 lb running backs. (like tebow haha). 1 2 3 punt and a cloud of dust. in the last 40 years marty is the only one that made the chiefs a consistent winner. i think he would be a good coach. he needs to improve his bedside manner with general manager.it has got him fired at last twice.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Probably a better hire than Romeo!  Come back to KC Marty!  Carl P is gone nowadays!



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Maybe he can talk that youngster Monte Kiffin into coming back too.....



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

If my options are Shotty vs Sherman I'd take Shotty every time!  Can't say I'd be crazy with Shotty but he might be the perfect person to act in a transition capacity, give the Bucs a couple of solid if not spectacular years and get them ready for the next coaching superstar.  Other than Jeff Fisher (who apparently is talking to everybody BUT Tampa) not sure any other coach available would be more desireable.  Given the circumstances I'd prefer tried and true versus another flyer.  



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Another interesting connection is that Terry Shea, current Offensive Coordinator for the Virginia Destroyers trained Josh Freeman prior to the NFL Draft.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

"Marty is a guarantee to turn this team around and have them in the playoffs by 2013." And then knocked out of the playoffs in their 1st game.

Seriously, Mrty is an excellent regular season coach who just can't win in the post season. 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Marty would be a good hire. Marty should still be in San Diego.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

As a long time Buc fan, I hope they hire Schottenheimer.  I think he got a bum deal in San Diego, plus he is a very good coach who can and will instill discipline.  A much better choice than Sherman
The lack of discipline was pretty much Shermans downfall this year and yes more pro teams lack success not from a lack of talent but due to too many prima donnas on the team.  So, I agree that Schottenheimer is what is needed (reagradkless of his age). 



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

I think Marty would be a GREAT hire in Tampa...he may be old school, but maybe that's just what that team needs.  He's a proven winner and would get the Bucs back on track. 


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