y'all keep saying you want a return to "the glory days"
oh.. but.. wait -- there's this
Marty Schottenheimer: No desire to coach, offers advice
5:29p.m. EST November 11, 2012
(Photo: Kirby Lee, US Presswire)
Marty Schottenheimer says he has no desire to coach again and that contrary to reports he was not in Kansas City on Friday
But he has indeed been in constant contact with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and within the past few days lent encouragement to embattled coach Romeo Crennel
Schottenheimer, 69, guided the Chiefs to seven playoff berths and three division titles during a 10-year reign
Marty Schottenheimer says he has no desire to coach again and that contrary to reports he was not in Kansas City on Friday.
But the most successful coach in Kansas City Chiefs history told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that he has indeed been in constant contact with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and within the past few days lent encouragement to embattled coach Romeo Crennel.
"I stay in touch with the Hunt family," Schottenheimer said from his home outside Charlotte, during a phone interview on Saturday. "Of late, I've called to encourage them for whatever they're doing. They've got a lot of young players. And they're working their butts off."
Schottenheimer is aware of a rumor, started by a caller on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday, that maintained he was at Arrowhead Stadium meeting with Hunt, who took over the Chiefs after his father and franchise founder Lamar Hunt passed away in 2006.
The Chiefs, heading into Monday night's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 1-7 record, are engulfed by speculation that Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli could be fired. Hunt has not publicly addressed the issue. Pioli was unavailable when USA TODAY Sports attempted to make contact on Saturday.
Schottenheimer, 69, guided the Chiefs to seven playoff berths and three division titles during a 10-year reign from 1989-98, when he posted a 101-58-1 record.
Considering his legacy in Kansas City, Chiefs fans were buzzing with Friday's erroneous report. Schottenheimer last coached in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers in 2007. He also had head coaching stints with the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.
Would Schottenheimer return?
"Life is good," he said. "I just feel badly because I have great affection for the Hunt family and the Kansas City Chiefs. Those were the best 10 years of my career. But I think the world of Romeo Crennel."
Schottenheimer is not lobbying for the job, yet realizes the "hot seat" speculation in many situations across the league is intensifying.
"Scorched earth!" he said.
He compiled a 200-126-1 career regular season mark, but was undone by playoff failures. No coach who hasn't been to a Super Bowl has more career victories than Schottenheimer, who also had a 5-13 playoff record.
He wishes teams would exhibit more patience before making front office and coaching moves.
What did he tell Crennel?
" 'Hang in there, brother,' " Schottenheimer said. "I have deep affection for him and the Chiefs, so I'm disappointed. But you've got to keep going, put one foot in front of the other."
Schottenheimer says he also knows and supports Pioli, the embattled GM.
"The thing is, it's a young team," he said. "It's tough right now. I have confidence they'll get it done."
If not, Schottenheimer and Hunt will have plenty to talk about.