Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer is back at work on the football field, this time running the show for the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL. Believe it or not, listening to Schottenheimer talk to The Roanoke Times, it seems like the 67-year-old has mellowed.
“When you first put the pads on, it takes a couple of days to get adapted to it, but the adrenaline is going in these guys,” Schottenheimer said. “So we’ve got to make sure we don’t get them all banged and beat up.”
He paused and smiled.
“If somebody would’ve said to me 20 years ago that I would have this philosophy, I would’ve said, ‘You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.’”
Twenty-seven years after he took over the Cleveland Browns at mid-season, the record says Schottenheimer has as good an idea as anybody about what he’s talking about.
The only people that aren’t excited to see the NFL end the lockout come from the UFL. If the work stoppage had carried through the beginning of the regular season, there would have no doubt been an uptick in interest for the minor league. Though I can promise you my eyes will be on Marty’s first game, no matter what is going on with the NFL.
If you put together a list of the best living football minds, you’d be hard pressed to get too far before including Schottenheimer. This league might not be around too long, but the Destroyers are worth watching for as long as Marty is around them.