NFL Rumor: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interested in UFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer

Jordan HeckContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2012

Schottenheimer won the UFL championship last year with the Virginia Destroyers.
Schottenheimer won the UFL championship last year with the Virginia Destroyers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been searching for a new head coach after firing Raheem Morris. Many names have shown up on the radar.

One of those names, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, is 68-year-old Marty Schottenheimer. Schottenheimer’s last job in the NFL was when he was a head coach for the San Diego Chargers in 2006. He was fired after a 14-2 season.

The veteran coach has not been in the NFL since he was fired, but he has had a coaching job elsewhere. Just last year with the Virginia Destroyers in the United Football League, Schottenheimer won the UFL Championship. It was his first football championship win.

He lead his team to a 4-1 record (including postseason) in a shortened UFL season. His starting running back, Dominic Rhodes, was named the MVP of the 2011 UFL season.

Rhodes gained 410 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry in four games. He scored six touchdowns.

The biggest knock on Schottenheimer’s career is that he has failed to deliver in the postseason. His regular season record of 200-126-1 is impressive, but his 5-13 record in the postseason is the reason why San Diego fired him.

Other names that have appeared on the Buccaneers radar are former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress (the Bucs will interview him on Monday, according to Mortensen) and current Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (his interview is Friday).

The leading candidate, however, has been rumored to be former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman.