Marty Schottenheimer, coach of the successful and memorable Browns teams of the 1980s, dies at the age of 77

CHARLOTTE, NC. – After seven years of fighting Alzheimer’s disease, ESPN says former Cleveland Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer died at the age of 77.

Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. On January 30, they moved to a hospital near their home in Charlotte.

Schottenheimer was survived by his 54-year-old wife, Pat, children Kristen and Brian, and grandchildren Brandon, Sutton, Savannah and Catherine.

The Cleveland Browns issued the following statement on the passing of Schottenheimer.

“The Cleveland Browns sadly heard about Marty Schottenheimer’s passing. As head coach, he led the organization to four playoffs and three division titles, but tough, tough, he never gives up the fighting attitude that the team embodied that loved Browns fans and often led to exciting victories. His impact on the game of football was felt not only in northeast Ohio but throughout the NFL. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Pat, and his entire family. “

The life of football

Born in Canonsburg, Paonson in 1943, Schottenheimer lived and breathed in football, playing linebacker through high school to college at the University of Pittsburgh. In the fourth round of the 1965 NFL draft, he was chosen by the Baltimore Colts, and in the seventh round of the AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, he chose the Buffalo player.

After spending four years at the Bills and winning the AFL, Schottenheimer played for two seasons for the Boston Patriots before bouncing from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Baltimore Colts and retiring in 1971.

While enjoying several years as a professional footballer, Schottenheimer gained a reputation as a coach a few years later.

An unforgettable coaching legacy

Schottenhemier began his coaching career before his time as head coach of the Browns, working as a coach for the New York Giants linebackers in 1975 and 1976, as a defensive coordinator for the Giants in 1977, and as a coach for linebackers in 1978 and 1979 for the Detroit Lions. He was hired in 1980 as Browns Defense Coordinator.

A head coach break occurred at the Browns in 1984 when he replaced Sam Rutigliano, and in 1985 he received his first full season as head coach. That year, Schottenheimer and quarterback Bernie Kosar, who had just been selected for an additional draft in 1985, ushered in an era of success in Cleveland that surpassed even the era of Kardiac Kids, which fans toured around.

While Schottenheimer and his Browns never made it to the Super Bowl, during his tenure he helped make the team an eternal playoff racer. During this time, Schottenheimer held a record of 44-27, a victory rate of 0.620, and played in four playoff games. Under the direction of the Browns Schottenehimer, he won three AFC Central Division titles. After the 1988 season, the Art Model mingled with the successful coach (not for the first time), causing a rift that could not be reconciled and Schottenheimer walking away from the Browns.

Schottenhemier became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs the following season, where he spent the next 10 years accumulating a 101-58-1 record in the regular season and seven playoff games, with three division titles. Despite the success of the regular season, Schottenheimer and the Chiefs never made it to the Super Bowl and resigned from their head coach after the 1998 season.

After spending time as an ESPN analyst, Schottenheimer restarted his head coaching career and took on a season at Washington before being fired by owner Daniel Snyder with an unpopular move.

Schottenheimer spent his NFL coaching days at Chargers, spent five years on the team, and was fired in 2007 after controversy erupted within the organization.

During his years as head coach of the NFL, Schottenheimer developed a coaching strategy called “Marty Ball,” or run, run, pass, punt. He worked well in the regular season during his coaching years, but never made it to the playoffs. Schottenheimer’s 205 victory among most head coaches who didn’t reach or win the NFL championship.

But even though he never won it all, Schottenheimer’s legacy is truly unforgettable, and his coaching tree continues to make an impact in the league to this day, with names like Bruce Arians, Mike McCarthy, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Hue Jackson, Mike Tomlin , Jim Caldwell, Doug Marrone, Todd Bowles and Leslie Frazier can all be traced back to it.

Basket reminds

Bernie Kosar, a former Browns defender, had known this news was coming for some time, but learning about Schottenheimer’s death was still a blow.

“Remembering Marty is someone you absolutely love and nurture, and I can’t thank him enough for his build, discipline, and faith in me,” Koszar said.

Schottenheimer’s first full year as head coach was in 1985 as Basket’s starting quarterback. Together, they turn around a team that started 1-7 last year and has been transformed into a franchise that will go into two straight conference tournaments. According to Basket, Schottenheimer, a former player himself, brought hardness, roughness and discipline to the work, as well as paying attention to the details that awaited the players for Sunday.

“The exercises were actually harder than the games, the two-day, three-day exercises, the amount of contact you went through during the exercises, in fact, Sunday didn’t prove to be that hard for other teams,” he said. “Probably many players’ careers were shortened, but in the short run of the game, our teams were tough, disciplined, and we knew every Sunday we were ready to play.”

Then he did it again with the Bosses.

“In order to put together the structure for two organizations, the organization that did not win football matches and did not win the playoffs before it got to put together these two teams and these two organizations within a decade to qualify for more AFC Conference Championship matches. “It’s absolutely not an easy thing to do,” Koszar said.

Schottenheimer was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 when he returned to Cleveland to be honored with his 1986 team. It’s a disease that robbed him in his last days, Kosar said he really appreciated the show between the two most successful franchises of this year’s playoffs.

“It’s a real shame that a man who has had such a huge impact on so many of us can’t really understand, doesn’t really know the magnitude of the Browns-Chiefs game where he had such an influence,” Koszar said.

In life, fate has held Schottenheimer back from the game’s biggest stage, but Kosar hopes to still be able to achieve the game’s greatest honor in his death. A football trail began in Cleveland that runs along the road in Canton.

“When we talk about the history and traditions of the Cleveland Browns, going back to the great Paul Brown and Otto Graham, and mentioning Marty Schottenheimer in the same breath in this type of organization, it completely confirms our earlier statement of claim. Right to a house in Guangzhou, Hall of Fame,” he said. Basket.