Former Bills Head Coach Chuck Knox Dies At Age 86

14 May, 2018, 13:16 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Legendary Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dead at 86

He won five straight NFC West titles, from 1973-77, and returned in 1992 for the franchise's final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St. Louis.

The Seahawls also noted Knox's nickname, "Ground Chuck", a reference to his devotion to the running game and a hard-nosed approach to the sport.

The Seattle Seahawks, whom he took to their playoff successes in franchise history, confirmed the death Sunday.

Legendary NFL head coach Chuck Knox has passed away at the age of 86. He was one of the great influences not only in football, but in life, ' the statement added. He coached the Seahawks to three playoff wins and a trip to the AFC title game.

In their statement, the Rams said that Knox "established a winning culture and a legacy that will never be forgotten, being the only coach to lead the Rams to five consecutive double-digit-win seasons".

Born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Knox compiled a regular-season record of 186-147-1 and went 7-11 in the playoffs during his 22 seasons as a head coach.

Knox was available to the Seahawks after resigning as coach of the Bills - a team he had revived and led to two playoff berths in his last three years - following a contract dispute. Between the two times he coached, he had a 69-49 record with the Rams.


Knox was at the helm for the Bills from 1978-1982. Knox had 80 victories and was the team's winningest coach until 2007.

Knox was a two-way tackle at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, serving as a captain on the school's undefeated 1953 team.

He served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest and Kentucky, then jumped to the National Football League, where he worked as an offensive line coach for the Jets and Lions until he was hired by the Rams in 1973. He was Bill Parcell 10 years before Bill Parcell.

"He had a conversation with me when my play was slumping one time, it was the night before a game, he said, 'Look, you need to change the way you're playing and play better, or else you're going to be standing next to me.' It doesn't get more direct than that, and it was message delivered, and it helped me", former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman said.

'He always took the time to know each player well enough that he could talk to each player and hit their hot buttons.

I'll miss you forever.

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