While the Seahawks represented the third stop for Chuck Knox as an NFL head coach, his presence would quickly catapult the team into a real power.
In his first season in 1983, Knox would lead the Seahawks to a 9-7 record and their first-ever playoff appearance: beating the Denver Broncos in a wildcard game at the Kingdome, and then downing the Miami Dolphins in the second round before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship.
The Seahawks’ 12-4 record the following season was only ever topped by the 13-3 Seahawks in 2005.
Referencing games as “knock-down drag-out” affairs, Knox’ emphasis on the running game led to him being known as “Ground Chuck,” making stars out of the likes of running back Curt Warner and John L. Williams.
Knox was named NFL Coach of the Year three times: in his first year ever as a head coach while with the Los Angeles Rams (1973), with the Buffalo Bills (1980), and in his second year with the Seahawks (1984).
He finished his nine-year Seahawks coaching career (1983-1992) with an 80-63 regular-season record, and a 3-4 playoff record.
Knox died on May 13, 2018, at age 86.