Schottenheimer returns

Assistant, fired by Sherman after 2004 season, to coach DBs

The Green Bay Packers Thursday named Kurt Schottenheimer to the coaching staff as a defensive backs coach. Schottenheimer returns to Green Bay after getting fired by former head coach Mike Sherman following the 2004 season.

Schottenheimer, 56, joins the Packers from the St. Louis Rams, where he spent the 2005 season as defensive backs coach. He coached Green Bay's defensive backs in 2004, but was released by Sherman, along with defensive coordinator Bob Slowik, after Green Bay finished 25th in the league in total yards allowed.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has added another coach with whom he has coached in the past. Both McCarthy and Schottenheimer were assistants with the Kansas City Chiefs in the mid-1990s. McCarthy was offensive assistant/quality control in 1993-94, and quarterbacks coach from 1995-98 with the Chiefs. Schottenheimer served as the Chiefs' special teams coach (1989-94), defensive backs (1995-98), and defensive coordinator (1999-2000).

Schottenheimer will team with Lionel Washington, who was retained as a defensive secondary coach. McCarthy has yet to designate the specific areas for each coach. It is likely that Washington will coach the cornerbacks, like he has since he began in Green Bay in 1999. Washington also was the team's defensive nickel package coach last year.

"I'm pleased to add Kurt Schottenheimer to our defensive staff," McCarthy said. "As a former coordinator, Kurt brings a great deal of experience to the staff, which will be important in the defensive backfield. His extensive knowledge of the game will serve the team well and I know he'll work well with Bob Sanders and Lionel Washington."

Schottenheimer served as defensive coordinator for Detroit (2002-03) and Washington (2001). He coached Cleveland's special teams in 1987 and '88.

The Rams secondary, under Schottenheimer last season, were ranked 23rd in yards allowed in the National Football League. He did have some success converting Mike Furrey from wide receiver to free safety. Furrey led the team in interceptions with four (one returned for a TD) and recorded one fumble recovery.

Schottenheimer, the younger brother of San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer, coached two Pro Bowl players in Kansas City - James Hasty and Dale Carter. In 1999, Schottenheimer's defensive unit led the league with a franchise-record nine defensive touchdowns. A plus-21 turnover ratio also was a league-high number. The team finished second in takeaways (45), fumble recoveries (20) and points off turnovers (125).

Schottenheimer worked 10 seasons as a college coach – William Patterson (1974), Michigan State (1978-82), Tulane (1983), Louisiana State (1984-85) and Notre Dame (1986).

Schottenheimer was a JUCO All-America quarterback at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College where he led the nation in passing as a sophomore in 1968. After shifting to defensive back, he started two seasons (1969-70) at the University of Miami where he earned his degree in 1971.

Married to Collen Duffey, the couple has two daughters, Steele and Sloane.


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