Checking In With Marty

Last weekend, former Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer was in Cleveland holding an open tryout camp for his newest team – the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

The trip brought back a lot of memories for Marty and his nine seasons spent with the Browns as an assistant coach and then head coach. When he and owner Art Modell agreed to disagree after the 1988 season, he left Cleveland and became head coach of the Chiefs for 10 seasons.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer talked with him and there were several items worthy of passing on from the Q&A session.

What was your best team ever?

“I think the ’93 team of (Joe) Montana and Kansas City. We had arguably one of the finest quarterbacks of all time under center. We had a really good defensive team. . . . We went to Buffalo in the AFC championship game and Joe was injured in the first half, at some point in time, and we couldn’t overcome that. I’m not suggesting we would have won even if he had played the game throughout. To me that was the team.”

Even better than the 14-2 San Diego team?

Yeah, the Kansas City team, to me, has always been the best that we ever had.

Who’s the best player you ever coached?

You know, that’s hard to say. Montana was terrific. Philip Rivers is a terrific, terrific quarterback. LaDainian Tomlinson, Derrick Thomas, I mean, you know, I could build a team of them, if you would, by position … there’s been a lot of terrific, terrific players that I’ve been fortunate enough to be associated with, and I’ve always maintained I was always a much better coach when I had good players.

Here’s the link to the complete Q&A.

One Response to “Checking In With Marty”

  • June 10, 2011  - Justin says:

    I always thought that team had the best shot of bringing the Lombardi trophy to KC. Utter dispair when they lost.

    Can’t say I did not love Vermeil’s high flying O but we all knew Greg Robinson’s D would never get us anywhwere. Marty knew you had to have both…

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