Tag:Marty Schottenheimer
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:13 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 12:27 pm
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Childress would like Bucs job; for now, he waits

ChildressBy Josh Katzowitz

The last time we heard from former Vikings coach Brad Childress, he was talking about Randy Moss’ time in Minnesota and, in one of the most-candid and best-described quotes you’ll ever hear from a head football coach, he gave this golden nugget:
 
"We had good guys, by and large,” Childress said, “[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it."

Now that Childress has cleaned the stench of Moss from his clothes and mustache, he’s looking ahead. To possibly getting the Buccaneers head coaching job. He’s in the Tampa area to coach the East-West Shrine game, and according to JoeBucsFan.com, Childress said he’d like a job, please.

“There is only 32 head coaching jobs in the National Football League,” Childress said. “I have always said it’s important to work with good people. All indications are the Glazers are great folks, so it’s a good job."

While he’s been in touch with the Buccaneers organization for the job, Childress is far from the only candidate. As we’ve detailed, Mike Sherman (seemingly the early favorite to land the job), Wade Phillips (who has pulled his name out of consideration), Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski, John Gray and Marty Schottenheimer (!) are a few of the names linked to the opening.

And Childress, of course. Though he hasn’t heard from the Buccaneers in the past few days, Childress said he’s not frustrated by the process. Besides, he’s in the middle of coaching college players anyway.

“[The Glazers] advertised their process,” he said. “I mean, they were completely candid and accurate in what they said and they said it would be a while.”

So for now, Childress waits. And, in case a player like Moss comes around again, here’s hoping he’s got a mop and an industrial-sized bottle of Lysol.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Bucs will interview Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski

Mike Zimmer's intense style might fit nicely in Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Up until Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hadn't shown much interest in interviewing anyone under the age of 75* for their vacant head-coaching position. So it might be refreshing for fans to hear that the Buccaneers have asked permission to talk with both Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

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According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Bucs plan to speak with both soon.

Previously, Tampa scheduled interviews with Brad Childress, Wade Phillips, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Sherman. That's not the youngest bunch of bucks. (Chilly's the youngest, at 55.)

But that's Tampa's prerogative, especially coming off a disastrous 2011 that saw Raheem Morris, who turned 35 during the season, lose control of his team, possibly because he wasn't seasoned enough to appear disciplined.

Phillips withdrew his name from consideration prior to Friday's scheduled interview, and with the latest additions to the list, it appears Tampa wants to increase the scope of its search.

Of course, Zimmer's actually 22 days older than Childress, so it's not as if he's that different. And, honestly, he makes the most sense for this position, in our opinion.

For whatever reason, Zimmer's struggled to get interviews for head-coaching gigs until this season and has never been up for serious consideration. But he's a hard-nosed coach known for his discipline, and his defenses have always been top-tier: only once in his three stops (Dallas, Atlanta, Cincinnati) since 2000 has his defense ranked below 20th in total yards allowed.

And that was his lone season with the Falcons in 2007, which means he didn't exactly have a lot of time to work his magic. In 2003, Dallas had the top-ranked defense in the NFL under Zimmer, and the Bengals have been a top-10 unit twice since he took over as defensive coordinator there in 2008.

As for Chudzinski, well, he's a hot name on the coaching circuit right now because of his work with Cam Newton. He's going to get a job in the NFL at some point and he's a Florida guy, so Tampa could make sense. But it's hard to imagine that the Panthers would let "Chud" go to a division rival; if Tampa were really impressed with Carolina's offensive coordinator, it wouldn't be that surprising to see them give Chud a raise and a promotion.

*Approximate

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Report: Falcons looking at Schottey, Billick

By Josh Katzowitz

While we speculate about whether former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would join his father if Marty Schottenheimer got the Buccaneers head coaching job, another potential job has emerged for the younger Schottey.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Schottenheimer is on the list to be interviewed for Mike Mularkey’s old job as the Falcons offensive coordinator.

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While Schottenheimer is set to interview for the open University of Alabama offensive coordinator position as well, Atlanta also appears interested in Super Bowl-title winning coach Brian Billick, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements.

Assuming Billick wouldn’t want that job (and assuming that if Billick did want the job, the Falcons wouldn’t want to pay the salary Billick would desire), Koetter seems like a decent option. Although the Jaguars offense was a disaster this year when running back Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t running the ball, Atlanta coach Mike Smith and Koetter worked together in Jacksonville.

Clements, meanwhile, was apparently a candidate for the Penn State job that ultimately went to Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

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Posted on: January 11, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Perhaps Brian Schottenheimer won't coach with dad

Brian Schottenheimer apparently won't coach the same place as his father (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With the news that Marty (Don’t Call Me Brian!) Schottenheimer has drawn the interest of the Buccaneers for their head coaching position and with the news that Brian Schottenheimer won’t return as the Jets offensive coordinator next season, it wasn’t a leap to wonder if the son was planning to join up with the father if the father got the Tampa Bay job.

In fact, as colleague Will Brinson wrote Tuesday, “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.”

But it sounds like the Schottenheimer’s shouldn’t start planning their family reunion in Tampa just yet.

As the Tampa Bay Times aggregates, there are a few scenarios why Brian won’t be going to work for Marty.

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For one -- and this is the most obvious -- it’s not like Marty is assured of the Buccaneers job. In fact, Mike Sherman seems to be the front-runner to replace Raheem Morris, because 1) the front office apparently wants a take-no-BS coach to replace a coach who might have been too friendly with the players and 2) Schottenheimer is 68 years old.

For two, Brian Schottenheimer recently interviewed with Nick Saban for the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama and seems to have a decent shot of replacing the departed Jim McElwain.

For three, it appears the son might be tired of riding on the coattails of his father (that’s not an insult, by the way. I’m just saying he’s worked on his father’s staffs quite a bit).

Besides, his tenure with the Jets did not end well (what with the terrible offense this year, the supposed mutiny attempt and the performance of Mark Sanchez), and maybe Schottenheimer figures if he returns to his father’s side, he’ll probably always be known as Marty’s kid.

If he wants to establish his own name, the 38-year-old probably needs to try a different path. Like, say, for a different team.

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Report: Bucs to interview Marty Schottenheimer

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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Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:13 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 11:14 am
 

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Coaching news and rumors abound through the playoffs. (EoF Illustration)
By Eye on Football staff

Coaching news and rumors don't slow down just because there's football. If you missed all of last week's action, hit it here to catch up and then scroll down. Make sure to bookmark this page as we'll be updating it throughout the week with the latest news and rumors.

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  • Bill Callahan is officially on board with the Cowboys, and he's actually going to be named the offensive coordinator, which is pretty interesting. However, Jason Garrett will continue to call plays. And, presumably, timeouts. Ahem.
THURSDAY
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  • With the loss of Mike Mularkey to Jacksonville, the Falcons reportedly are looking at Brian Billick, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to fill the Atlanta OC job.
  • Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed that Aaron Kromer, New Orlean's OL coach, will interview for the Rams head coaching job.

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  • If the Colts fire coach Jim Caldwell, could new Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson, formerly the personnel director of the Eagles, consider Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg? The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks there might be some merit to that idea.
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  • According to a radio station in Orlando, the Bengals have signed a three-year extension with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. So, it appears that Gruden will be staying in Cincinnati.

WEDNESDAY


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  • Former Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has landed a new job as the defensive backs coach for the Redskins. It's nice to see that Washington DOES provide jobs to the unemployed.
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  • Todd Bowles, formerly the interim coach in Miami, is the first Raiders coaching candidate to emerge in the wake of Hue Jackson's firing, according to ESPN.
  • Mike Mularkey wants to keep former Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker in Jacksonville as the defensive coordinator. That's via the Florida Times-Union, which quotes Mularkey as saying, "I want to really just have a chance to sit down and talk to him. I’ve spoken to him already, prior to this going down. We really have a pretty good relationship, so hopefully it works out.” Tucker has already interviewed for the Vikings defensive coordinator job.
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  • According to the Newark Star Ledger, former Chiefs coach Todd Haley will arrive in New Jersey on Wednesday night to interview for the Jets offensive coordinator job. It's not yet Tony Sparano's gig.

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  • Here are a couple of reasons why we shouldn't be holding our breath about a Schottenheimer family reunion.

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  • Ryan Grigson is the new general manager for the Indianapolis Colts. Grigson served as director of player personnel with the Eagles for the past year and was the director of college scouting before that.
  • The Jaguars hiring Mike Mularkey eliminated Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski from leaving for Jacksonville, but the Associated Press reports he's now interviewing for the Rams job.
  • One report has the Falcons, who "let" Brian VanGorder leave for Auburn, checking out Steve Spagnuolo for the defensive coordinator position. That'd be a nice fit.
TUESDAY
11:45 p.m. ET

  • It's your standard quiet Tuesday night on the NFL coaching rumor front: Brian Schottenheimer is out as Jets offensive coordinator and the latest reports have Tony Sparano stepping into that role in 2012. (Schotty didn't get "fired" by the way, but yeah, it sounds awkward.)
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  • The Dolphins announced that they interviewed Mike Zimmer, defensive coordinator of the Bengals. Meanwhile, Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden declined to interview with the Rams and Jaguars and will stay with Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton.

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  • Winston Moss, the assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Packers, is considered the front-runner for the open Raiders job.
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  • Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has drawn interest from the Rams and will interview for their head coaching position Thursday, according to the Denver Post.
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  • One time-Rams scout Ryan Grigson, now the Eagles director of player personnel, interviewed Monday for the St. Louis general manager job, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
  • As Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was scheduled to interview for the Dolphins head coaching job Monday. Strangely enough, Cincinnati offensive coordinator has NOT been approached by the Jaguars to interview. “I have not heard anything," Gruden said. "I don’t know what’s happening to be honest with you. I don’t know if I’m ready. I’m just dealing with the season that came to an end and whatever happens, happens. I got a couple texts from people that heard I was a candidate for the job but I haven’t heard anything otherwise. I don’t know exactly how it works. I’ll probably find shortly if it is true.”
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  • Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo, formerly Dallas' head coach, will not return for 2012, writes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Apparently, the rest of Jason Garrett's staff should be safe.
  • Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will interview for the Jaguars job on Tuesday.
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Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Spurrier era in DC equal parts sad, hilarious

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This seems like an appropriately awesome way to ease you into another football-less weekend (and who knows, maybe that will change in the next 48 hours). Either way, enjoy!

Before Ross Tucker was a member of the media, he was an NFL offensive lineman. He played for five teams over eight seasons, but we're guessing the two years he spent with the Redskins were among his most memorable. We make that claim based solely on Ross' recent comments to 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC, where  he talked about the three-ring circus otherwise known as the Steve Spurrier era.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder hired Spurrier in 2002, after Marty Schottenheimer's one-and-done 8-8 campaign the season before. In retrospect, that was probably the wrong move.

Spurrier went 7-9 in '02 and 5-11 in '03 before heading back to the SEC and the University of South Carolina. But to hear Ross tell it, Spurrier squeezed more unintentionally hilarious moments into two years than most of us experience in a lifetime. Here, for your amusement, the choicest nuggets from Ross' radio appearance (thanks to the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg for the transcription).

“Marty [Schottenheimer] was the only guy that literally I think almost all of us would run through a wall for,” Tucker said. “I mean, he could just get the hair on the back of your neck standing up. He was awesome....But then the next year Spurrier comes in and we go to ... training camp and his opening meeting was, ‘You know men, I played 12 years in the NFL and went to 12 of these here training camps and I can’t remember one darn good thing I ever got out of it. But you know what, Mr. Snyder wants us to be here, so let’s try to get something done.’”

Just to reiterate: this is the man Snyder fired Schottenheimer for. This reminds us of another story. In 2002, after Spurrier had resigned from the University of Florida but before he was hired by the 'Skins, here's what he said during his farewell Florida press conference about then-Saints coach Jim Haslett: "I saw a story saying Jim Haslett comes in at 4:30 every morning - that's not doing him much good."  (The Saints were 7-9 in 2001, the same record Spurrier had in his first year in Washington.)

The Redskins went 4-1 during the 2002 preseason largely because they played their starters longer than their opponents. During Week 3 of the preseason, Washington defeated Pittsburgh 35-34 to go to 3-0. Ross says that at the time "I was like, wow, we’re awesome, I’m awesome, life is awesome, this is fantastic. And then I realized wait a minute, we actually only have two pass protections, and the Steelers are laughing at us because they say they know what our protection is, and Shane Matthews and Danny [Wuerffel] are getting blown up, and our poor running back, there’s no hot reads, there’s no sight adjusts."

The Redskins released Ross midway through the 2002 season and he was picked up on waivers by the Cowboys. "So I went into Redskins Park to get my bag and all my stuff," Ross begins, "and [Spurrier] looks at me and he says Cowboys, huh? And I’m like yup. And he’s like, well, don’t be telling ‘em any of my secrets. I’m sitting there thinking number one, dude, your secrets are pathetic, and number 2, as soon as I get there tomorrow, I’m actually going to tell them every single thing I can remember about your pathetic offense.”

We lived in Washington, DC during those heady times with the ol' ball coach and we distinctly remember the clown-college atmosphere Tucker describes. We just had no idea how bad it was. Upside: it makes for a great story nine years later. So there's that.

Further reading:
Okay, we promise to never speak of this again.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Pat White to look for success in UFL

WhitePosted by Josh Katzowitz

The last time we left former Dolphins QB Pat White, he had been cut by Miami, retired from the NFL and decided he wanted to continue on with a pro baseball career within the Kansas City Royals organization.

That was about nine months ago. Now, White has a new pro sports goal. He wants to play football again, and this time, he’s going to do it in the UFL with the Virginia Destroyers.

"I'm excited about my next step," White said via the UFL website. "My blood is boiling. I guess I kind of feel like a little kid again, a kid in a candy store. Hopefully, we'll be playing for another 5-10 years. I just love to compete.

"It puts a smile on my parents' face. I'm just excited to get back out there and run around in the heat."

It will be very interesting to see how White performs in what is basically the NFL’s minor leagues. He was awesome at West Virginia -- by my estimation, he’s the most-important collegiate player ever to emerge from the Big East -- and though he was taken way too soon by the Dolphins in the 2009 draft (really, Miami, in the second round?!?), he’s obviously got the athleticism that made him such a danger when he had the ball in his hand at West Virginia.

With the Destroyers, White will play for coach Marty Schottenheimer -- who, you might recall, doesn’t want to have anything to do with Terrelle Pryor -- and he’s hoping to parlay what he learned in the NFL to success in the UFL (so that, perhaps, he might get another chance in the NFL).

"(Schottenheimer) is looking for a leader," said White. "He's looking for somebody who enjoys the game, somebody that other players see as their quarterback, and I hope I fit that description.

"It's a great opportunity. I've heard nothing but good things about coach Schottenheimer. It's a competitive league. It's new, up-and-coming, and, hopefully, we can make a name for ourselves."

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