Schottenheimer to the Saints?
According to Jake Scott of 97.5 the Zone, the New Orleans Saints may be looking at Marty Schottenheimer to be the interim head coach while current Head Coach Sean Payton serves his one year ban from the league.
This is stemming off of Bill Parcells announcing that he will remain retired after the Saints vigorously pursued his services to take over the team for the one-year suspension. Payton’s suspension starts on April 16th, and the team has been been rumored to announce Joe Vitt as the interim coach. The problem there is that they’d still need someone to take over the duties for the first six weeks, while Vitt also serves his suspension.
Schottenheimer is an interesting name to be brought into the discussion, many know him as “the guy that can’t win the big one” however, in his current role as the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL, he is coming off his first Championship as a Head Coach (I know, the UFL is nothing like the NFL).
Schottenheimer has been a Head Coach in the NFL for four different teams, lastly being the San Diego Chargers, where he was fired after a 14-2 season. In his time in San Diego he worked with QB Drew Brees, who is currently franchise tagged with the Saints. Schottenheimer also drafted and coached former Charger and current Saints RB Darren Sproles.
The situation in New Orleans is one that will require a hard-nosed disciplinarian to run the team while those suspended serve their time, and he fits the bill just right. Schottenheimer was rumored to be making a comeback to the NFL this off-season already when there was talks between him and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but those talks fell through and the Bucs hired Greg Schiano.
The more I think about this, the more it makes sense for the Saints on a one-year basis.
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