Marty Schottenheimer: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Should Hire Him

Hugo OlguinContributor IIIJanuary 8, 2012

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 14:  Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots held on January 14, 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired coach Raheem Morris on January 2nd, it came as a bit of a surprise. 

Although the Buccaneers went 4-12 this season, I figured that the Tampa Bay front office would give Morris one more chance after going 10-6 in 2010.  

It seems coaches don't have as much time as they used to.  

Now the Buccaneers are searching for a coach who can groom this young team into Super Bowl contenders.  

The man who can turn this team around is Marty Schottenheimer.

Schottenheimer is hungry to coach in the NFL again.  It was a shock when he was fired by the San Diego Chargers in 2007 after going 14-2.

Schottenheimer is ready to prove that he can take a team to the Super Bowl.  He wants to coach so badly, that he is currently the coach of the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL league.

He joined the team for the 2011 season and led the Destroyers to a UFL Championship.

In one year in a different league, with a new team, to lead that team to a championship should be a reminder to NFL teams that this man can coach.

The issue that matter is Schottenheimer's age.  He is 68, and people are going to wonder how long he can last out there and if he can connect with this young team.

I believe he is exactly what the players need.

Schottenheimer is a leader and well-respected for his success.  His experience can guide the Buccaneers to handle pressure and not give up in tough situations.

Also a good response to Schottenheimer's age issue is that Marv Levy led a team to the Super Bowl at age 68.

Give Marty a chance, he'll bring a winning tradition to Tampa Bay.