- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chuck Knox, one of the few coaches to take three different NFL teams to the playoffs twice, died this weekend in hospice care. He was 86.

The Seattle Seahawks, whom he took to their playoff successes in franchise history, confirmed the death Sunday. He had been battling symptoms of dementia, the Seattle Times reported.

Besides the Seahawks, the coach nicknamed “Ground Chuck” took the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs and was three times named NFL coach of the year.

All three teams tasted their first playoff runs after a period as NFL doormats under Knox, but he never took any to the Super Bowl, losing three conference titles with the Rams and one with the Seahawks.

He had a regular-season record of 80-63 with the Seahawks, still the second-most wins in franchise history, behind Mike Holmgren’s 86, though Pete Carroll at 79 will almost certainly overtake at least Knox this season.

He also went 54-15-1 in the first stint with the talent-laden Rams team of the 1970s, and went 37-36 with Buffalo, the first two years of which in the late-70s were rebuilding years.

His second stint with the Rams in the early-1990s was not so successful — the team went 15-33 and left Los Angeles for the St. Louis the season after Knox was fired.

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