Mort: Schottenheimer to the UFL?

March, 21, 2011
3/21/11
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One of the most popular AFC West coaches in recent memory is apparently going to get another chance to stroll the sidelines.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Marty Schottenheimer is on the verge of agreeing to coach the expansion Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Schottenheimer, 67, has been sidelined since after the 2006 season when he was fired in San Diego after a 14-2 season. Schottenheimer was fired because of a poor relationship with San Diego general manager A.J. Smith, who remains with the Chargers. In addition to coaching the Chargers, Schottenheimer was had a successful run as Kansas City’s coach from 1989-97.

Schottenheimer was inducted into the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame last year. He was a fan favorite in both Kansas City and San Diego.

While this job is not the NFL, it gives Schottenheimer another chance to do what he does best – teach football. Schottenheimer clearly still has the passion for the game and is willing to go down to a lesser stage to pursue his passion. Good for him.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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