Eventually the rumors regarding former San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer will die down as it seems that they have a shelf life fast approaching a Christmas fruit cake. But nonetheless, Matt Palmer of the San Francisco Examiner is reporting that Schottenheimer told the Miami Herald last Saturday that he is “very unlikely” to return to the head coaching ranks of the National Football League.
This would be the second time in three weeks that Schottenheimer has ruled out another coaching opportunity. According to Schottenheimer, he is comfortable and happy with his current life in North Carolina. But for whatever reason, Trace Armstrong, Schottenheimer’s agent, floated Marty’s name out there to the Baltimore Ravens, who happen to have a head coaching vacancy. And there is a history between Schottenheimer and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and team senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne; the trio had a working relationship when Schottenheimer was an assistant and head coach with the Cleveland Browns.
From what I gather from all of this, I really do not see Schottenheimer coaching again in the NFL. His legacy is secure (200-126-1 overall record), and he isn’t in the position to have to prove himself to anyone at this juncture of his professional career. I do realize that Marty is saying “you never say never” right now, but very few NFL coaching vacancies are “tailor-made” for unemployed NFL head coaches these days. I can only speak for myself when I say that Schottenheimer should enjoy his life in North Carolina – grandkids and all – and leave the headaches to someone else.