Former NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

Former NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

Former NFL coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

The Seahawks on Sunday confirmed the news of Knox's death.

Knox, who was nicknamed "Ground Chuck" because of his preference for attacking via the ground game, was responsible for the first division title in Seahawks history as well as their first playoff win.

Knox spent 22 years as a coach in the National Football League, starting his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1973.

"His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players", the Seahawks said in a statement.

Regardless of their common season successes, Knox groups routinely got here up brief within the playoffs.

The Pennsylvania native left the Rams in 1978 for the Buffalo Bills. He led the Payments to 2 playoff appearances, however by no means acquired previous the AFC divisional spherical.

Knox went 80-63 in the regular season during nine years as the Seahawks' head coach, earning him the distinction as the second-winningest coach in franchise history, behind Mike Holmgren's 86 victories. Knox's Tremendous Bowl goals ended there, because the Seahawks misplaced to the eventual champion Los Angeles Raiders.

After 1984, Knox coached seven extra years in Seattle however exclusively gained 10 or extra video games as soon as, in 1986. He was also inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor in 2005. He won five straight NFC West titles from 1973-77, and he returned in 1992 for the franchise's final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St. Louis.

Knox entered professional football in the AFL with the New York Jets as offensive line coach in 1963, and played a key role in the recruitment of quarterback Joe Namath.

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