Todd Haley wasn’t the only Kansas City Chiefs coach to pick up a big win this weekend. Before Haley took down the Oakland Raiders 28-0 on Sunday, former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer won his first championship on Friday night.
SI’s Peter King chose both men as his “Coaches Of The Week” in the online MMQB column.
Virginia (UFL) head coach Marty Schottenheimer. At long last, in his 22nd season as a pro head coach, Schottenheimer won a professional football championship. His Virginia Destroyers beat Jim Fassel’s Las Vegas Locos 17-3 in Vegas Saturday night. “I’m a simple man,” Schottenheimer said. “I told our guys that we didn’t need to do anything fancy to win the game. Just go back to the basics and execute, and that’s what we did.” Is that a Marty quote or what? I think I’ve heard him say that 67 times as an NFL coach.
Kansas City coach Todd Haley. There’s quite a bit of mayhem swirling around the Chiefs and their third-year head coach in the wake Kansas City’s historically bad start. But to go into the Black Hole with the Raiders all revved up after the big deal for Carson Palmer, and to have the team playing hard, and to have made the cool call of a seven-yard Wildcat touchdown for Javier Arenas … just a very impressive day for Haley’s ability to command his team, even with all the noise reverberating around his job status.
A great 1-2 punch for Chiefs coaches. Schottenheimer should have won a title in the NFL and if he wasn’t fired by the San Diego Chargers, I have no doubt he would have won there (said in my best Rex Ryan voice). It might be the UFL, but big time props to Marty for sticking with the game and walking away with a title.
Even the most ardent Haley haters have to give him credit for winning three straight with his back against the wall and without Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry or Jamaal Charles.