No. 4: Marty Schottenheimer
Marty Schottenheimer is on the list of potential enshrinees next season and if we’re honest, he absolutely deserves to be there.
Sadly, the coach is remembered far more for his failures than for everything he did so well. He was successful everywhere he went, unless you count his lone season with the Washington Redskins, where he went 8-8, as a failure.
San Diego was the fourth and final stop of his NFL coaching career and though the team was pretty successful while he was there, his poor relationship with ownership as well as general manager A.J. Smith led to his ouster despite a 14-2 season in 2006. He was fired following a crushing playoff loss to the New England Patriots.
Though things ended on a sour note with the Chargers, Schottenheimer was one of the most successful coaches in league history. And though he’s not a name that immediately comes to mind when discussing Hall of Fame candidates, perhaps he should be.
Schottenheimer sits at No. 7 on the NFL’s all-time win list for coaches. Five of the six guys ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame and the other, Boll Belichick, is a lock to get in as well.
His 205 wins are nothing to sneeze at. That’s 22 wins more than Bill Parcells had, 30 more than Paul Brown and an eye-popping 103 more than the legendary Bill Walsh. All of those men are in the Hall of Fame as well.
So what’s the knock on Marty? Obviosuly, the playoff record.
Though he took a team to the playoffs 13 times, he owns just a 5-13 postseason record. In addition to that loss to the Patriots, two ugly defeats when he coached the Browns against the Denver Broncos in back-to-back AFC Championshiop games are hard to erase from memory.
Still, there’s a spot in Canton for Marty and hopefully he sees his gold bust at some point down the line.