Former LA Rams, Seattle Seahawks Coach Chuck Knox Dies at 86

Lynette Rowe
May 15, 2018

Knox made his name as a coach for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, but he did coach in 73 games for the Buffalo Bills as well. Knox was able to take the Bills and the Rams to the playoffs, becoming the first coach in National Football League history to ever lead three different teams into the postseason. Knox also coached the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.

Knox's died Saturday night at the age of 86 following a long fight with dementia. "His presence projects an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players".

"Chuck Knox was the best coach I ever had", Tom Mack, a former Rams guard and Pro Football Hall of Famer, was quoted as saying in a 2016 Los Angeles Times story.

He then coached the Bills for five seasons and led them to the AFC playoffs in 1980 and "81. We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time", according to the Rams statement. Seattle earned one of the biggest upsets in Seahawks history when they knocked off Dan Marino's Dolphins in Miami during the 1983-84 playoffs. After being fired by Rams owner Carroll Rosenblom, Knox spent five season in Buffalo.

Knox is the only coach to be enshrined in the Seahawks "Ring of Honor".

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Youngblood also shared this post on Twitter Sunday after learning of the news. Kicker Efren Herrera catching passes was fun, but Seattle never had more than nine wins in a season and was a sub-.500 team again the year before Knox arrived. The legendary coach is the only coach to ever win AP Coach of the Year with three different franchises. Jack." He added, "Chuck Knox was one of the most influential men in the early days of my career.

Ewbank needed an offensive line coach and he plucked Knox, then 31, out of the college ranks, where he had followed up his Juniata College playing career with coaching stints in high school and then at Wake Forest and Kentucky.

"You know that if you prepare well, you are probably going to play well", Knox once said. God bless you always.

Even the New York Jets took the time to honor Knox, who was their offensive line coach from 1963-1966.

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