UPDATE: I received this in an e-mail from Sirius XM NFL Radio.
A caller to the SiriusXM NFL Radio channel brought it up on air, saying he had heard that Schottenheimer was at the stadium. Our hosts had no knowledge of it and did nothing to further the caller’s comments as a report.
According to a report from KCTV5.com, SiriusXM NFL Radio is reporting that Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt met with former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday.
The team has denied any such meeting has happened.
This makes a ton of sense and I believe it. Current Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is under serious fire right now. The Chiefs are the worst team in the NFL and it seems like only a matter of time before Hunt makes a move to clean house. The Chiefs Chairman and CEO has been quiet lately, a telling sign considering how much heat his GM, head coach and organization have been taking in recent weeks.
Most Chiefs fans look back on the Schottenheimer era with fondness, despite the former coach’s ability to make it to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since Schottenheimer was their coach.
Hunt could be interested in Schottenheimer for a number of different reasons. Hunt could be probing Shottenheimer’s interest in returning to Kansas City in some capacity. It could be an in adviser role or even to be the new GM or head coach.
Hunt seems to be taking things slowly. He likely wants to have a plan in place should he decide to cut ties with Scott Pioli.
For a franchise with a fanbase longing for the glory days, bringing back one of the team’s most successful head coaches would certainly be a popular move. At the very least it would give Hunt more time to try to turn things around, cooling the tempers of angry fans and season ticket holders.
We will be monitoring this situation. Stay tuned.
(h/t reader Matthew Ridgway)