Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Former Chiefs coach denies interest in coaching position, encourages ownership to carry on.
The Kansas City Chiefs have denied that team owner Clark Hunt has met with former coach Marty Schottenheimer about taking over as the team's general manager, according to Pro Football Talk. The denial came just hours after KCTV in Kansas City, citing Sirius XM radio, reported that Schottenheimer had been spotted at Arrowhead Stadium. Schottenheimer has since denied that he was in Kansas City and disclaimed any interest in coaching the team, though he did admit he talks frequently with Hunt:
"I stay in touch with the Hunt family. Of late, I've called to encourage them for whatever they're doing. They've got a lot of young players. And they're working their butts off."
Schottenheimer was 101-58 in a ten-year run as head coach of the Chiefs, guiding the team to seven playoff appearances. He holds a 203-127 lifetime record as an NFL head coach, though his well-documented playoff struggles put him on the hot seat both in Kansas City and, later, San Diego. Schottenheimer last coached in the NFL in 2006, when he was fired by the Chargers after a 14-2 season ended in a second-round playoff loss. In 2011, Schottenheimer coached the Virginia Destroyers to the UFL championship.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments this season, starting with just one win in their first eight games, and general manager Scott Pioli is widely rumored to be on the way out.