Schottenheimer denies meeting with Hunt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The inevitable rumors that former Kansas City Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer will return to rescue the floundering 1-7 Chiefs finally surfaced into an actual report Friday.

SiriusXM NFL Radio reported on air that Schottenheimer was in Kansas City on Friday and met with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt — at least according to a KCTV report, the CBS television affiliate in Kansas City.

But Schottenheimer told FOX Sports Kansas City by phone Saturday morning from his home in Charlotte, N.C., that there was no truth to the report. Schottenheimer also said that there were no plans to meet with Hunt.

The Chiefs also denied the Sirius report on Friday.

Schottenheimer, 69, was in town for the Chiefs’ annual alumni weekend in late September, and, with his wife, Pat, sat with the Hunt family in the owners’ suite. But the Schottenheimers have sat with the Hunt family in each of the last three years during alumni weekend.

The September trip this year was planned, too, because Schottenheimer had two scheduled book signings in Kansas City for his biography “Martyball!

Friday’s report naturally created a huge stir among Chiefs fans, who enthusiastically lit up the comment sections on local blogs in support of bringing Schottenheimer back in some capacity, perhaps even as general manager.

Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has been under increasing criticism for the team’s historically bad start — the Chiefs are the first NFL team since 1929 to not have held a lead in regulation through the season’s first eight games.

Schottenheimer, though, has not indicated an interest in returning to the NFL.

Schottenheimer, along with general manager Carl Peterson, was the architect of the Chiefs’ revival in the 1990s. Over a 10-year span, Schottenheimer posted a 101-58-1 regular-season record and led the Chiefs to the playoffs seven times.

The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since January 14, 1994, when Schottenheimer’s team beat the Houston Oilers.

Schottenheimer last coached in the NFL with San Diego, leading the Chargers to a 14-2 record in 2006. But he was fired after that season when the Chargers lost their first-round playoff game.

With 200 career wins, Schottenheimer is the sixth winningest coach in the history of the NFL.

In 2011, Schottenheimer coached the Virginia Destroyers to the UFL title, but he did not return to the team this season.