It seemed hard to believe when the rumors started to swirl, but indeed former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer is returning to the sidelines as coach of the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.
“I am excited to lead the Destroyers and am eager to return to the football field in Virginia,” Schottenheimer said in a statement announcing his hiring. “I have been impressed with the fervor and passion that has been created in the region for a team that has yet to play a down of football. I promise the fans there that we will repay them with a great product on the field and a franchise to make them proud.”
Schottenheimer is expected to name a former NFL assistant, Paul Hackett, as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Schottenheimer joins Hartford’s Jerry Glanville, Las Vegas’ Jim Fassel and Sacramento’s Dennis Green as UFL coaches who previously had worked in the NFL.
I am 100% fascinated by Marty’s move here. To think that one of the winningest coaches in NFL history would get back into coaching isn’t totally shocking since coaches coach. But for a 67-year old to choose a league struggling to survive financially and desperately trying to find an identity as the vehicle for his comeback is a tad confusing.
Not that I think NFL teams were lining up for Schottenheimer’s services, but there had to be a job for him somewhere in a league that gives Chan Gailey a team to run.
Congrats to Marty and if the UFL is trying to use big name coaches to draw in skeptical NFL fans, you have succeeded with me.