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Schottenheimer says he's not a coaching candidate

A day after Marty Schottenheimer’s name surfaced as a potential candidate to coach the Buffalo Bills, Schottenheimer shot down the idea.

“I was a bit taken back,” Schottenheimer said today on Sirius NFL Radio. “It’s flattering but there’s nothing there.”

When asked by Alex Marvez whether he might be persuaded to work again as either a coach or a general manager, Schottenheimer didn’t completely close the door, but he came awfully close, saying he views being a general manager as totally different from what he’s done in the past, and saying that he thinks he’s finished with coaching as well.

“I’ll be very candid with you and say it’s nice to think that people would consider you,” Schottenheimer said, “but the reality of it is is that after 30 great years I’m really not going to go back down that road again.”

Plenty of coaches have said they’re not going to return to the sidelines and then changed their minds, but for now, the 66-year-old Schottenheimer comes across like a man who is content to be retired.

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  1. tian says: Nov 24, 2009 2:30 PM

    I think the Bills will end up getting some young coordinator and get a big name as either GM or President of Football Operations. That person would run the team, and the head coach would just be an x’s and o’s guy.
    Shotty will definitely be up for that sort of job.

  2. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 24, 2009 2:50 PM

    The organizations with openings are the ones with crappy owners. Let’s see, retirement, or go work for some owner that is spoiled, crazy, and rich, and will probably want you to punch a time clock to make sure they are getting their money’s worth.

  3. JimmyY says: Nov 24, 2009 3:17 PM

    The media keeps generating these names as if they’re pertinent. Leave the guy alone, he’s having fun in retirement with his grandchildren. THERE’S NOTHING THERE. OR HERE. It’s just stupid to think someone who’s 66 is going to go into this situation and try to turn it around within, oh, the next decade. It ain’t going to happen. He doesn’t need the money or headaches.

  4. zod says: Nov 24, 2009 3:24 PM

    The Bills need stability and some W’s – Schotzie would bring that and the owener would trust him so it could work as an interim solution.

  5. HarrisonHits says: Nov 24, 2009 3:25 PM

    The Bills have become like the Raiders. No experienced coach who has done well is likely to coach there. Nobody established wants to deal with the ownership.

  6. AutumnWind999 says: Nov 24, 2009 3:25 PM

    Schottenheimer would be a good fit in returning to Cleveland. The knock on Marty has been his playoff record but the Browns need to just post a respectable regular season and worry about the playoffs later. Plus Marty is probably the best coach that city has had in at least the last 30 years.

  7. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Nov 24, 2009 3:49 PM

    Marv Levy’s not busy, and by not busy I mean “not dead yet”. Why haven’t they called him?
    Or how about that guy from the old NFL film reels who screams “They’re killin me Whitey, they’re killin me!”. I don’t know who he is, but he seems to have the right stuff for the job.

  8. Gene Simmons Tounge says: Nov 24, 2009 4:56 PM

    I have to wonder when Marty said ,
    “I was a bit taken back,” Schottenheimer said today on Sirius NFL Radio. “It’s flattering but there’s nothing there.”
    Did he mean the Bills, as in there is nothing worth coming out of retirement for?

  9. em3 says: Nov 24, 2009 5:23 PM

    As a Browns fan, I would welcome Marty back to Cleveland. They should have hired him last year!
    How about Marty as the “czar” with his son Brian as head coach? I think that would certainly entice him into re-joining the Browns. And they could give Kosar the GM title, and have Marty and a few consultants guide him.
    Imagine Marty & Bernie leading the Browns back to relevance? It would be poetic.

  10. tatum32 says: Nov 24, 2009 5:35 PM

    “The Bills have become like the Raiders. No experienced coach who has done well is likely to coach there. Nobody established wants to deal with the ownership.”
    They become the Raiders when they win a SB

  11. em3 says: Nov 24, 2009 5:56 PM

    The Bills are very much like the Raiders. Like Al Davis, Ralph Wilson was around to witness the first Thanksgiving. And now they are both the two biggest Turkeys around.

  12. AutumnWind999 says: Nov 24, 2009 6:13 PM

    tatum32 says:
    November 24, 2009 5:35 PM
    “The Bills have become like the Raiders. No experienced coach who has done well is likely to coach there. Nobody established wants to deal with the ownership.”
    They become the Raiders when they win a SB
    —————–
    Or three.

  13. d.b.cooper says: Nov 24, 2009 6:31 PM

    Is Marty bonafide HOF material?

  14. comment_submission_error says: Nov 24, 2009 6:48 PM

    # d.b.cooper says:
    Is Marty bonafide HOF material?
    Don’t know what the inner circle thinks of him, but this clueless a-hole says no.

  15. slipkid says: Nov 24, 2009 6:58 PM

    i dont think ralph is a bad guy to work for. he is getting impatient however, and he has made some bad hiring decisions.
    al “dracula” davis is another matter.
    and the raiders are now the raiduhs.

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