Legendary Browns Coach Marty Schottenheimer Has Died


(Charlotte, North Carolina) - Marty Schottenheimer, who took the Cleveland Browns to two AFC Championship games during his five seasons as head coach, has died. Schottenheimer, who was 77, died at a hospice near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by family. He had been battling Alzheimer's since 2014.

Schottenheimer was hired as Browns defensive coordinator in 1980. He replaced Sam Rutigliano as head coach in 1984. Along with the signing of quarterback Bernie Kosar in 1985, Schottenheimer took the browns to an AFC Central title in 1985, and got them to AFC Championship games in 1986 and 1987. Both games were losses to the Denver Broncos. Schottenheimer stepped down as Browns coach in 1988.

He also coached the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers. Schottenheimer is said to be the only coach, eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame with more than 200 regular season wins, to not be inducted.

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