10 January 2012

Why Marty Schottenheimer Would Be a Great Hire for Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put together an interesting and almost bizarre list of candidates for their vacant head coaching position. The list includes Wade Phillips, who is widely regarded by most to be an awful head coach (including me), Brad Childress, who isn't that good of a coach either, Mike Sherman, who did a solid job with the Green Bay Packers but had a less than stellar tenure of late at Texas A&M and Jerry Gray, a longtime and talented defensive assistant. But perhaps the most surprising name on the list is Marty Schottenheimer, who has not coached in the NFL since being fired by the Chargers after the 2006 season and was last spotted in the UFL, leading the Virginia Destroyers to the UFL title. But bringing him in would be a great hire and here is why.
There is no question that the Buccaneers have plenty of young talent. They did go 10-6 in 2010 after all. But it was clear that Raheem Morris was not bringing a stern hand to this club and the immaturity of the team showed when they lost their last ten games of the season this year. Bringing in a disciplinarian like Schottenheimer makes a lot of sense to take this team to another level.
Schottenheimer is not a young guy in any regard, he will turn 69 in late September making him the oldest coach in the NFL, but he's had a long career with success coming at every stop (except for Washington but we'll chalk that one up to Dan Snyder). His teams have always played hard-nosed football with much attention to fundamentals, something that would be much welcomed in Tampa with these very young team.
Now the knock on Schottenheimer has always been and always will be the fact that he cannot win in the playoffs. But take a look at what he was able to do in San Diego, take an underachieving club and built into a top contender that not even Norv Turner could screw up. And that would be much appreciated in the Tampa area.
Schottenheimer is not the guy to take you to the Super Bowl but he is the guy that will make you a consistent playoff team. So if I'm Bucs GM Mark Dominik, why not roll the dice? Especially considering two of his other options are Wade Phillips and Brad Childress.

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