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Legendary coach and longtime Raiders rival Marty Schottenheimer dies at 77

No coach won more games against the Raiders than the former Chiefs and Chargers head coach

San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders - September 11, 2006
Marty Schottenheimer
Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary

Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers players always knew it was Raiders Week when Marty Schottenheimer was their coach.

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.

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.

This sounds like something Davis would do ...

Raiders Nation never liked Schottenheimer, but you had to respect him. He was a big part of the old AFC West.

RIP, coach.