Former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

Blake Schuster
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Chuck Knox, who coached Seattle, Los Angeles and Buffalo, has died at the age of 86. (AP Photo).

Former longtime Seattle coach Chuck Knox died on Saturday at the age of 86.

Knox took over the Seahawks in 1983 and led them to the AFC championship game that year behind a nearly 1,500-yard rushing campaign from rookie running back Curt Warner. Over nine seasons, Knox compiled an 80-69 record from 1983-1991 and oversaw a team that finished with a winning record six times.

The Seahawks inducted Knox into their Ring of Honor in 2005, but the Pacific Northwest was hardly the only place the coach made his mark.

Before and after his time with Seattle, Knox was named head coach of the Los Angeles Rams (1973-1977, 1992-1994). He also spent five seasons in Buffalo (1978-1982), where Knox took over following the departure of O.J. Simpson to San Francisco.

Knox finished his coaching career with a 186-147 regular-season record, but didn’t find as much success in the playoffs, going 7-11 in the postseason. He won NFL Coach of the Year three times in his career (1973, 1980, 1984).

The Pennsylvania native was reportedly in hospice care as he suffered from dementia.

Knox is survived by his wife, Shirley, his three children and six grandchildren.

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