Chiefs Hall of Honor

AFL

Marty Schottenheimer

Marty Schottenheimer

COACH

Intense, sincere, empathetic and tireless, Marty Schottenheimer was the head coach who presided over the glorious era of the ‘90s, when the Chiefs were a perennial playoff power and the Arrowhead faithful became the loudest crowd in the NFL. Arriving early in 1989, Schottenheimer began the hard work of building a champion. “The best way that I know to realize success in the NFL,” he said, “is to expect it.” From his 1989 debut, his teams were smart, well- coached and resilient. “Martyball” featured a marauding, opportunistic defense that punished quarterbacks, and an offense that was fanatical about establishing the run and avoiding turnovers. But Schottenheimer was also flexible, changing his offense in 1993 with the arrival of quarterback Joe Montana. Over 10 seasons, Schottenheimer developed a reputation as a coach who truly cared about his players, and his Chiefs earned seven playoff appearances, won three division titles, and made the franchise’s first trip to the AFC Championship game. Though he left following the 1998 season, Schottenheimer’s heartfelt, oft-repeated credo —“Focus!… and Finish!” — would remain an indelible part of the Chiefs’ proud history.

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