The 2016 NFL draft is 56 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 56?
Buffalo has drafted one player at pick 56. Here’s a look at the former Bills player.
Marty Schottenheimer, LB, Pittsburgh (1965)
Buffalo selected Schottenheimer in the 1965 AFL draft, while the Baltimore Colts selected him in the 1965 NFL draft. Schottenheimer opted to play with the Bills and lasted four seasons with the team.
During his career in Buffalo, Schottenheimer played in 56 games and recorded five interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one defensive touchdown. He won an AFL title with the Bills in 1965 and was an AFL All-Star in his rookie season.
After playing for Buffalo, Schottenheimer’s next stop was with the Boston Patriots. He played in Boston for two seasons. Schottenheimer retired after his stint with the Patriots, but came out of retirement in 1974 to play for the Portland Storm of the World Football League. He was signed as a player-coach but a shoulder injury kept him off the field. That said, it was the first of many coaching jobs for Schottenheimer.
In the NFL, Schottenheimer coached the Giants linebackers (1975-76) before taking over as defensive coordinator in 1977. He moved onto the Lions as linebackers coach in 1978-79 before joining the Browns. In Cleveland, Schottenheimer was the team’s defensive coordinator from 1980-84 and their head coach from 1984-88. He later went on to coach the Chiefs (1989-98), Washington (2001), and the Chargers (2002-2006). In 2004, Schottenheimer was the AP’s NFL Coach of the Year.
Schottenheimer was a very successful NFL coach. He held a professional record of 200-126-1 in the regular season. Despite his successful regular season record, Schottenheimer will always be criticized for his playoff record of 6-13.
His last coaching stint was in the UFL with the Virginia Destroyers. He won the UFL Championship in 2011.