Marty Schottenheimer Confirms He's Headed To UFL

Marty Schottenheimer confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday he would be the next head coach of the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL.

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Marty Schottenheimer Confirms: He's Headed To UFL's Virginia Destroyers

Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer made it official Wednesday afternoon announcing he was getting back into coaching with the UFL's Virginia Destroyers. He made the announcement in his very first tweet:

I have returned to Coaching with the Virginia Destroyers and the UFL.

A report came out earlier this week indicating Schottenheimer was close to making the leap to the UFL.

It'll be interesting to find out why Schottenheimer made this move.

The NFL lockout could be part of the reason. We're not sure when the league will get started up again but if the lockout goes into late summer, or even into the season, Schottenheimer wouldn't have an opportunity to join a team considering coaches and players can't have contact with each other until the lockout is over.

I also wonder if it was because there's not a spot for him in the NFL. If that's the case, I'd be surprised. Perhaps he only wanted a head coaching job and didn't want to go back to being a coordinator and, right now, there are no open head coaching jobs.

Schottenheimer has never won a Super Bowl as a head coach so we'll see if he can get that ring in the UFL.

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Marty Schottenheimer To UFL? It's Close To Happening, Report Says

Maybe Marty Schottenheimer isn't done in pro football. There haven't been any rumors connecting him to the NFL but, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Schottenheimer is on the verge of becoming the head coach and GM of the Virginia UFL team called the Destroyers. 

The Destroyers were previously the Florida Tuskers until deciding to move the franchise to the Virginia Beach area this year. If Mort's suggestion is accurate, Schottenheimer will be their next head coach and GM.

It's a surprising move because I always felt that if Schottenheimer came back to pro football he'd have a place in the NFL. It's unclear if this move is being done because he simply wants a new challenge and that's the UFL, if he wants to coach again right now and the NFL is locked out or if there is no place for him in the NFL.

This news is surprising because it's coming completely out of the blue. I'll be curious to hear Schottenheimer's reasoning for the move if and when it happens.

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