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Schottenheimer has itch to coach?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2010 – 5:14 pm

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen had a lot to say about the Bills coaching search on NFL Countdown Sunday. And as much as he said about Bill Cowher, he also had an interesting comment concerning Marty Schottenheimer’s coaching aspirations.

Mortensen indicated that Schottenheimer could be used as a reference for Buddy Nix, as they share a good relationship from their days together in San Diego. Cowher coached under Schottenheimer as an assistant and Mortensen thought Schottenheimer might be asked by Nix to paint a healthy picture of the Bills for Cowher. But he also said the following about Schottenheimer.

“Nix has a healthy relationship with Marty Schottenheimer from their days together in San Diego, so Marty certainly would give Cowher a favorable endorsement on the new Bills GM – if Marty himself isn’t a candidate,” said Mortensen. “And, yes, Marty has the hunger to coach again, no matter what he’s stated publicly, sources said.”

Schottenheimer is a coach that I felt would be a perfect fit for the Bills. He’s a disciplinarian and would be able to assemble an impressive staff of assistants. He also has one of the best winning percentages in football at .613 of coaches in the modern era that have coached more than 100 games. Only Cowher has a better mark at .623.

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