His message early in the week was always clear and concise: “Punch them in the f—ing mouth.”
Perhaps apart from Mike Shanahan, there was no greater rival coach for the Raiders over the years than Schottenheimer, who sadly died on Monday at age 77 after a long illness.
No coach won more games against the Raiders and few enjoyed doing it more than Schottenheimer, who had two remarkable stints in the AFC West — with the Chiefs and then the Chargers.
Marty Schottenheimer had a 27-7 record against the #Raiders, the most wins by any coach against the team. Talking to Marty on conference calls during Raiders Week was always enjoyable. RIP https://t.co/DwczyaLWLT— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) February 9, 2021
Schottenheimer loved playing the Raiders. There was a healthy respect for Al Davis from Schottenheimer and he, while he didn’t admit it, had love for the Raiders’ style and he was actually a lot like Davis.
They both wanted to badly beat their greatest rivals but there was clear respect between them.
To the Schottenheimer family and to the @Chiefs organization - my heartfelt apology for the inopportune appearance of my kitty, she jumped in as I was sharing memories of Marty and it thus appeared that I was lighthearted, when I was not. https://t.co/IsWqYqG0Be— Amy Trask (@AmyTrask) February 9, 2021
This sounds like something Davis would do ...
Great Marty Schottenheimer story: In 2001, Deion Sanders retired rather than play for Marty in Washington. In 2002, Marty coached the Chargers. Washington released Deion's rights so he could join the Raiders for Super Bowl run. Marty claimed Deion on waivers, blocking the move.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 9, 2021
Raiders Nation never liked Schottenheimer, but you had to respect him. He was a big part of the old AFC West.