Former Chargers coach battles Alzheimer’s, expected to begin trial of new preventative drug

CLEVELAND (KUSI) — Marty Schottenheimer coached four different teams through almost 360 games and five years ago, he faced his biggest challenge yet when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

According to, Schottenheimer, 73, is expected to start a trial of a new drug that could help slow the progress of the disease.

"He’s in the best of health, (but) sometimes he just doesn’t remember everything," Marty’s wife, Pat, said during an interview with ESPN’s Tony Grossi. "He functions extremely well, plays golf several times a week. He’s got that memory lag where he’ll ask you the same question three or four times.

Schottenheimer coached the Browns from 1984 through 1988, the Chiefs from 1989 through 1998, Washington for the 2001 season, and the Chargers from 2002 through 2006, with his NFL career ending after a 14-2 season and a divisional-round exit from the playoffs, according to to NBC Sports.

According to, Schottenheimer ended his coaching career with a .613 winning percentage and 5-13 record in the postseason. No other Browns coach has 

This weekend, Schottenheimer will be in Cleveland supporting the Browns in their 30-year reunion of the last Browns team to win 12 games.

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