Former Seahawks HC Chuck Knox Dies at Age 86

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Chuck Knox of the Seattle Seahawks watches the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 20, 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 27-24.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox died in hospice care Saturday at the age of 86, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

Knox had been diagnosed with dementia.

He spent 22 seasons as an NFL head coach in stints with the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77, 1992-94), Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and Seahawks (1983-91).

The Seahawks released a statement on Knox's death:

Seattle Seahawks @Seahawks

Our statement on the passing of Chuck Knox. https://t.co/npXULySvTG

Knox finished his career with a 186-147-1 record. He led his teams to the playoffs 11 times, going 7-11. He made the postseason in each of his first five years in Los Angeles and coached Seattle to four playoff berths in the 1980s, including a trip to the AFC Championship Game in 1983. That campaign marked his Seahawks debut and the first postseason appearance for the franchise, which started playing in 1976.

As Condotta wrote: "He won three NFL Coach of the Year Awards—including in 1984 with Seattle—and earned a reputation for sayings that his players fondly termed 'Knoxisms.' They were as straightforward as the style of play he preferred, such as, 'Play the hand you're dealt' and, 'Football players make football plays.'"

His teams in Seattle were memorable for some of the stars they employed as well, from running back Curt Warner to Hall of Famers in wideout Steve Largent and safety Kenny Easley.

Only Mike Holmgren (86-74) has more wins in Seahawks history than Knox (80-63). Current coach Pete Carroll is 79-48-1.


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