WaPo changes 'shameful' Schottenheimer obituary headline amid backlash

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The Washington Post came under harsh criticism on social media on Tuesday over a questionable headline on a story about the death of NFL coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer.

The venerated outlet quietly edited a headline which originally described Schottenheimer as a "coach whose teams wilted in the postseason."

About an hour-plus after it was published -- following several critical posts from prominent users on Twitter -- the headline was changed to describe Schottenheimer as "one of the NFL's winningest coaches."

Schottenheimer retired with 200 regular-season wins, to just 126 losses.

The former Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Chargers coach was revered for his program building and ability to motivate his players, but several of his teams were sent home early from the playoffs in bitterly disappointing fashion.

Countless football reporters and fans joined in to vent their anger and disappointment at the seemingly reductive headline.

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