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Old 10-31-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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Wow.. I missed this over the weekend, or it was fairly well buried news.

Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer battling Alzheimer's disease

Sad.. he'd be talked about as one of the best-ever coaches if he had ever managed to get a team that didn't collapse in the playoffs.
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Old 10-31-2016, 03:45 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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Wow.. I missed this over the weekend, or it was fairly well buried news.

Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer battling Alzheimer's disease

Sad.. he'd be talked about as one of the best-ever coaches if he had ever managed to get a team that didn't collapse in the playoffs.
I always appreciated Marty, and certainly wish the very best for him and his family.
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Old 10-31-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Get well, Marty! You were one of the best coaches in the league.
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Old 10-31-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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Alzheimers is flat out awful. My grandmother had it before she passed and it was heartbreaking seeing her with it.

Marty was a great coach, a shame he never won a title. He has a solid coaching tree and coached 3 different NFL teams to multiple division titles - he was a great coach.
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Wow.. I missed this over the weekend, or it was fairly well buried news.

Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer battling Alzheimer's disease

Sad.. he'd be talked about as one of the best-ever coaches if he had ever managed to get a team that didn't collapse in the playoffs.
Marty was a damn good coach. I hate AJ Smith to this day for firing him after a 14-2 season in San Diego.

Alzheimer's is in my opinion the worst disease to have to see someone suffer through. I have clients who have had it and it only gets worse once you have it, my thoughts go out to his family who have to witness Marty break down.
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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I hate AJ Smith to this day for firing him after a 14-2 season in San Diego.
I never understood how San Diego (or any franchise) could even consider letting a 14-2 coach go!
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Old 10-31-2016, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Sad because he's got a real great head for the game.
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Old 10-31-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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Alzheimers is flat out awful. My grandmother had it before she passed and it was heartbreaking seeing her with it.
Agreed.

It is a disease I despise more than anything. I have a close friend who lives west of Salt lake City and their next door neighbor is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. She's only 57 years old.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Marty was a great coach. Darn near had the Browns in the Super Bowl if not for an Earnest Byner fumble. Fired after a 14-2 season with the Chargers (how do you think Norv Turner was an upgrade??) Fired after one season with the Redskins. MS could have been very bitter toward the game, but he never seemed to be. He was a disciplinarian who could get the maximum effort out of his players. I mean, after a horrible 0-5 start, he guided the 'skins to 8-8 in that year. The only thing I was upset with him over was the fact that he had benched Darrell Green, but the truth is, Green was at the tail end of his career and it was probably for the best.

Great man, great coach. Alzheimers disease is an unforgiven disease that simply seems to rob you, slowly of your life. I used to work in a nursing home about 15 years ago. I remember working on the floor where we put all of our dementia and Alzheimer patients. It was heartbreaking to see what shape some of them were in. Some were basically completely reliant on others to do everything for them. Some of the others would constantly yell and scream and others who were more of the higher functioning ones would come into my office and carry on a conversation with me. They had no idea were they were at or that I wasn't the person they thought they were talking to. I would sit and talk with them, because I honestly didn't know what else to do. I felt like they needed that interaction to keep their mind working, and I would give them simple projects to help keep their motor skills active. They seemed happy being active. But the ones that really broke my heart were the ones that were at the beginning stages of it. They knew the disease was getting to them, and they were at that point where they needed 24 hour care, but they knew enough to know their lives were being robbed from them, and they seemed so sad.

I hope, someday soon, we can rid the world of this disease.
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Old 11-01-2016, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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I'm so sad to hear this. My thought go out to him and his loved ones. Alzheimer's is a dreadful disease.
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