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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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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:41 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Marty is the man for Tampa - he was let go in San Diego after 14-2 because he wanted to hire son Brian as OC - AJ Smith was emotionally distraught over the NE loss as was team owner Dean Spanos.  So they fired him.

Marty is a guarantee to turn this team around and have them in the playoffs by 2013.  More importantly he will sell TICKETS!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:27 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

What a smart ass this writer is.  Run, run, pass, punt.  While Marty is a run-first guy, his legacy is a strong and productive one, not a three-and-out one.  He's never had a losing record in his 4 head coaching stops in the NFL.  The Bucs (or most teams, for that matter) would quickly improve under Schottenheimer.

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:17 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

All you have to do is pull up his all-time NFL coaching record.  He may not have a championship after his name but when it comes to wins, coaching All-Pro's, Pro-Bowl births, and future NFL coaching hires.  The guy knows his stuff.  I'm not even a Bucs fan and think this is a great interview.  I realize he doesn't have the job but it shows you that ownership is taking this seriously.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:09 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Bus were hoping for Norv Turner.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:03 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

As a Bucs fan, I really don't see how any of these potential coaching moves turn out good.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:56 pm

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

Adreed and as a Jets fan, pls take his son. I won't blame Brian fully, but when you are to Off. Coord. and you have aguy like Plaxico and you never use him inside the 20, with the deep fade, I wonder why, did you sign him. I hope he gets a chance elsewhere, cause I do no think he will last in NY, even if he stays this year. It would be his last win or not.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:18 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.

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