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Report: Clark Hunt Met With Marty Schottenheimer

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, 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)

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  • Danny W

    I don’t know about him coaching, his decision to bench Dick Gannon still haunts me. Maybe an advisor or possible GM.

    • KCMikeG

      Glad I’m not the only one not jumping up and down about the news. Yes we won lots of games with him but struggled in the playoffs. He lost control of the team on the infamous MNF “Monday Night Meltdown” and brought in a bunch of criminals who ended up getting arrested for a burglary ring. Explain away all of this with his winning if you like but the game has passed him by (passing over running) which is why NO team wanted him and why he was coaching in the UFL. “Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer claims in court that United Football League founder Bill Hambrecht owes him $2.3 million for coaching and managing.” Not what we need in KC. Give me Cowher, Gruden, Billick, Mariucci, even Jimmy Johnson.

      • Chief Hokie

        I get the whole “if it didn’t work then, how can you expect it to work now?” concern. But you have to wonder, maybe he’s adjusted and learned from his mistakes, maybe his age has brought with it some newfound wisdom? That might very well be wishful thinking, but at this point he sure sounds a lot better than pioli. One thing we can all agree on is that the guy is hungry for a superbowl.

      • Big Jim

        Mike is right. With the Gruden leaks out there. He would be a great fit for HC. He could hand pick his franchise QB and match him up with a boatload of weapons. Gruden has a keen gift for working with QB’s. I still like the idea of Pollian as GM. He has built a great franchise from the ground up.

        • KCMikeG

          Thanks Jim. I strongly believe that we have to have a tough, NO BS HC. We have talent that isn’t performing and I have failed to see RAC discipline anyone for their failings. Cutting Routt was right up there with cutting Gaither last year – flat out stupid when we have nothing better to fill the spot. I like Pollian also. What other candidates would you consider for GM? What do you think about Marty as GM? I’m hesitant for him at any position since he obviously had character issues of his own and completely lost control of the team plus the Gannon decision (not just sitting him down for Grbac but then handing him over to our hated rival faiders).

        • sean summers

          Gruden is not coming to KC. Get real….And Polian won’t either. Clark Hunt has screwed this teams, and his reputation. Those guys aren’t going to want to go to KC. We are a joke.

          • KCMikeG

            If you are right and no one of any quality will come here then why get rid of anyone? No benefit in just rolling the dice again on another long shot.

      • tm1946

        I can agree with your point about Marty. But assuming it was not a “hi, how have you been doing’ meeting, Clark is talking to non NEway/Cleveland guys.

        • KCMikeG

          Although Marty actually “did time” in Cleveland. I want someone with no connections to either team. I doubt he was here for no reason at all so hopefully Clark was just picking his brain.

      • Cha-iefs

        I agree mike, lets not look for Marty to be some football God for KC and come in and fix everything. This guy did great things but to add to your list, was also caught up on his being TOO conservative,and it cost him games. Important games. Bill Parcells fell flat on his “god of football” team tour. Lets just honor marty and let him out to pasture to run wild. …..Moving on.

        I like the list you have at the bottom mike,take your pick. As far as others suggesting him as GM,whatever I guess, KC just needs a good coach that has the freedom to run HIS football team. The talent to win is there mostly,short of a QB, but [tho i dont like him] im not blaming Pioli for this either, in a KC franchise that hasn’t drafted a QB in 5,000 years. I’m not hanging the most recent guy thats done the same as everyone before him. Maybe theres owner pressure about drafting QBs,thats been the constant in this equation. Reguardless, I want a TOP rated QB in the draft..or I better get Manti Te’o!

        • KCMikeG

          Thanks. I agree with your point too on the QB situation and the talent Pioli has assembled and retained. Everyone agreed we had a talented team at the beginning of the year. Leading the league in turnovers by almost double the next worst team is a discipline issue. That is on the players and ultimately on the HC and his staff. The right HC will fix this mess and lead us in the right direction with the critical choice at QB being made successfully.

      • Jonathan Aldridge

        i dont understand that $2.3 million thing wasnt marty’s fault why take it out on him

        • KCMikeG

          We must be in agreement on all of the other negatives I have outlined since the UFL lawsuit is the only one you questioned. I’m not blaming Marty for having to sue for his pay. Strange though that if it is such a bad situation why would his brother Kurt take the his job?? I listed it as an example of where he has ended up as a coach. A financially insolvent league where ex-NFL coaches go to die. No other NFL team wanted him in ANY capacity over the last TWO YEARS.
          He lost control of the Chiefs and left KC in disgrace because of his own character failings. He fought with management in SD until they let him go even though the team was successful. The LAST thing this team needs is character issues and more instability. I truly appreciate the winning years he brought to KC and hope that his legacy remains in his past achievements.

  • ChiefsFanSince69

    GM position would be a perfect fit for him. MARTY = TOUGHNESS + DISCIPLINE = WINS. Go for it, Clark!

  • spencer

    Marty could do one thing, turn an untalented team to be a top tier team talent wise every year…dude couldn’t ever win the big games, sadly, very few can and a lot try…but he could do one thing that was for sure, get us in a position to win the big games rather than not even being able to think about it, as a GM i would love, as a Head coach maybe…maybe….he mgiht be past the coaching period, but the gm period? he could have that ability…

  • Arrowhead Magic

    Marty was before my time so I don’t know much about him in terms of his coaching ability. But from what I’ve heard he sounds like he would make a far and away better GM than Pioli.

  • Kansas_City

    You can’t go back. Marty is too old. He was a very good coach. But he was never real bright. He was never, and certainly is not now, GM material. Or, at his age, coach material. If Hunt wants to talk with him, or keep him around as an adviser, I could see how that might help. But not as coach or GM.

    • calciomoti

      why is he not GM material? Just wondering, because if things are the way they should be, he would answer to the president of the Chiefs…not answer to himself as pioli does now. Plus, Marty does recognize talent, and I doubt he would draft us a dline from lsu this year with the first pick. Not to mention, I believe that bill cowher has the utmost respect for Marty…I don’t believe it would be an ego fight like everything seems to be with our pos dbag GM now…just sayin’

    • Drew Douglas

      Haha. Pretty laughable statement.

  • Chief Hokie

    Hmm I’m torn. If the chiefs can land an elite coach on top of this then I say go for it.

  • ChiefsFanSince69

    What Marty brings to a team…( from Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post):

    When the Redskins lost to the winless Cowboys in October of 2001 to fall to 0-5, Marty Schottenheimer didn’t change his brand of coach-speak.“The goal is to win one game,” he said. “And after that, to win a second game. And at the end you add it all up.”

    Internally, though, he was apparently talking to players about going on a playoff run.

    “I can remember exactly what happened,” former Redskins linebacker Antonio Pierce told the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio this week. “He came in that meeting room, he told Stephen Davis, stand up. He said Stephen, I’m gonna wear you out the rest of the season. He told Bruce Smith, Darrell Green, I’m gonna rely on you guys for leadership in the locker room.

    “He said we WILL turn this around. It wasn’t Okay young guys, get ready, it’s your turn. It was this next meeting, this next practice, we’re gonna get better. We’re gonna make the playoffs this year.

    “And I was shocked. I was going We’re 0-5, we’re horrible, everybody’s talking trash about us. But what did we do? We were one game away from making the playoffs that year.”

    Clark — Marty for GM…GO FOR IT!

  • unklbrad

    Can Marty get his old booth at Tanner’s back?

    • KCMikeG

      For a family reunion?

  • AKChieffan

    I love it when a plan comes together. I hope he is looking at Marty as GM. I have said I thought Marty would be a great GM. Now just convince Bill Cowher to be our coach, and we have a good front office. I made this suggestion before on AA, You have to look at the winning history of these men. The bonus is they have worked together and Marty gave Bill his first NFL coaching job with the Chiefs. Cowher always got the most of his players, and scouted good talent. Marty also got the most out of his players and did well scouting players. They are winners! I see winning all over this combo.

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    this better be legit

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    i hope this guy has lived a healthy life cuz hes only 4 years away from the average age of people that die from old age

  • KCinTX

    Probably just old friends eating dinner together. Clark was a child when Marty was coaching. This could be the same as you visiting your old grade school teacher.

  • sidibeke

    Not saying Marty is my guy per se, but imagine what Marty could do with the talent on this D. Man.

  • sean summers

    Marty would be a heck of a GM. Marty had alot of input on those drafts in the 1990′s, which built agueably the most dominant defense in the history of the NFL. Not excited about Marty coming back as coach though. He just doesn’t have the “take a chance” attitude you need to win big games in the NFL. At Marty’s age I think he would rather be a GM anyways. Plus hiring him as GM makes the Chiefs a reputable franchise instantly. Hiring Marty will give us a chance to get a high caliber, real, Nfl quality coach, and hopefully sign bowe to a long-term deal.

    • KCMikeG

      Just to refresh your memory Marty left KC in disgrace having brought in a bunch of criminals and lost control of the team completely during the infamous “Monday Night Meltdown”. So how does he make us reputable? Why would a high caliber, real, NFL quality coach want to come to KC to work for Marty as our GM when he hasn’t been in the NFL for two seasons and was last coaching in the UFL? No other team wanted him in any capacity so I am struggling to see how he makes things instantly better for us? I do agree that his defenses were one of the most dominant ever but that was 15-20 years ago and the game has changed immensely.