Mike Greenberg and Jeff Saturday reflect on their relationships with NFL coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer (1:29)

Marty Schottenheimer, who thanks to his Smashmouth brand “Martyball” won 200 regular season games with four NFL teams but regularly missed out in the playoffs, has passed away. He was 77 years old

Schottenheimer died Monday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, his family said through Bob Moore, a former Kansas City Chiefs publicist. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 Moved to a hospice on January 30

Schottenheimer was the eighth-winning coach in NFL history, going 200-126-1 in 21 seasons with the Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Chargers

His success was rooted in “martyball,” a conservative approach that involved a strong running game and tough defense. He hated the raiders and loved the “game at a time” mantra that he gave his players in the pre-kickoff huddle yelled at

Winning in the regular season was never a problem Schottenheimer’s teams won 10 or more games 11 times, including a 14-2 record with the Chargers in 2006, which earned them the AFC No. 1 seed in the playoffs

In his last game on Jan On 14, 2007, Schottenheimer’s Chargers, with NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and a supporting cast of Pro Bowlers, imploded with nerve-wracking mistakes, losing a playoff game to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 24-21

A month later, owner Dean Spanos stunned the NFL when he fired Schottenheimer over a conflict between the coach and the strong-willed General Manager AJ Schmied Schottenheimer and Smith hadn’t spoken for about two years

A breaking point for Spanos – the head of the family-run team – came when Schottenheimer wanted to hire his brother Kurt as defensive coordinator after Wade Phillips was hired to head the Dallas Cowboys, Kurt Schottenheimer had been on his brother’s previous staff, and Marty Schottenheimer’s son Brian was Chargers quarterbacks trainer from 2002 to 2005

Schottenheimer was 44-27 with Cleveland from 1984 to 1988; 101-58-1 with Kansas City from 1989 through ’98; 8-8 with Washington in 2001 and 47-33 with the chargers from 2002 to ’06

Schottenheimer failed to make it into the Super Bowl as a player or coach. He was a backup linebacker for the Buffalo Bills when they lost the 1966 AFL Championship Game to Kansas City, which then beat the Green in the first Super Bowl Bay Packers played

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Bills linebacker and NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who passed away at the age of 77,” tweeted the Bills

His Browns came excruciatingly close to earning Super Bowl berths twice, only to be ripped off “The Drive” and “The Fumble” in consecutive AFC championship games against personal enemy John Elway and the Denver Broncos >

At the 1986 AFC championship game in Cleveland, Elway led the Broncos in 15 games by 98 yards to secure Mark Jackson’s score with a 5-yard pass 37 seconds remaining in regular time Denver won in extra time with a 33-yard field goal from Rich Karlis

A year later, with the Browns trailing the Broncos 38-31 by 1:12 in Denver, Earnest Byner fiddled with the Broncos 3-yard line. The Broncos won 38-33 after taking a deliberate safety had

“As head coach, he led the organization to four playoff appearances and three division titles, but it was his tough, die-hard, never-given fighting stance that embodied the team that made him popular with Brown’s fans and often led to excitement Win, “the Browns said in a statement

Schottenheimer’s Chiefs made it to the AFC title game in 1993, but lost in Buffalo. Two of his Chiefs teams took the lead 13-3 and secured the home advantage during the playoffs before a shocking breakout in the divisional round

“When Marty arrived in 1989, he reinvigorated what was then a troubled franchise and quickly made the Chiefs a consistent winner,” said Clark Hunt, chairman and CEO of the Chief, in a statement. “Marty’s teams have made Chiefs Football proud again Made part of Kansas City’s identity, and the team’s resurgence has forged a strong bond with a new breed of fans who created the iconic home advantage at Arrowhead Stadium

“Marty will always have a special place in Chiefs history, and he will be greatly missed by all of us who have been blessed to call him friends”

The Chargers thought they had a Super Bowl team in 2006, but Schottenheimer’s career ended in a brutal playoff loss to the Patriots in the first quarter, Schottenheimer insisted on finishing fourth and eleventh on the Patriots’ 30-yard line to play Mike Vrabel sacked Philip Rivers and New England recovered
The biggest case Chargers fans still haunt, however, was when San Diego led 21-13 by just over six minutes, Marlon McCree intercepted Brady and instead of going down he tried to run and became hit and fumbled, with the Patriots recovering New England rallied for victory

After winning just 12 games in Schottenheimer’s first two seasons, the Chargers fell 4-12 behind Tomlinson and a rejuvenated Drew Brees in 2004 to end an eight-year playoff drought

But they lost a home game against the New York Jets in extra time Schottenheimer, who was named Associated Press Coach of the Year that day, was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for running onto the field in the second quarter, to argue with the referees

In extra time, the Chargers had a first outage at the Jets ’22, but Schottenheimer went conservative and called three direct runs in the middle from Tomlinson to start a 40-yard field goal attempt by Nate Kaeding, who missed the Jets then moved down the field to score the winning field goal

Tomlinson, now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, called Schottenheimer “the best coach I’ve ever had” “

“I never went into a game with Marty as a coach because I felt I wasn’t fully prepared to win,” said Tomlinson. “He really wanted you to understand every detail of the game plan. I considered him to be a true All-American man. He was a great father figure, and I was fortunate that my wife and I got to know him and [his wife] Pat beyond the typical player-coach relationship. He was a well-rounded person. He cared more about the man than the athlete I will remember him more because he taught me lessons for life “

“You couldn’t over-work it, you couldn’t over-prepare it, and you certainly always knew exactly where you were with him,” said Spanos, the owner and chairman of the Chargers, in a statement, “I’m grateful that he’s been five seasons was our head coach for a long time, and I’m even happier to call him a friend “

Schottenheimer was born on Sept. born 23, 1943, in Canonsburg, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. He played for Pitt before a six-year professional career with the Bills and Patriots

Brian Schottenheimer recently agreed to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ passing coordinator, a source shared with ESPN’s Adam Schefter after previously serving as the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator

“We know that he looks down at us from heaven and smiles,” said his daughter. “We are incredibly proud of the man he was and how he lived his life”

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