Chuck Knox, the first NFL coach to win division titles with three different teams, died Saturday night at 86 after a long battle with dementia.
Known for his "Ground Chuck" offense that relied heavily on the run game, Knox was an instant success as a head coach -- compiling a 54-15-1 record with the Los Angeles Rams (1973-77) where he won five straight NFC West titles and guided them to three conference championship games in his first five years there.
But a conflict in 1978 with then-team owner Carroll Rosenbloom caused him to leave for Buffalo where he led the Bills to the playoffs twice in five seasons. That, too, was a five-year hitch, with Knox departing after a 4-5 finish in the strike-shortened 1982 season for Seattle. There, he was successful again -- taking the Seahawks to the playoffs in four of his first six seasons.
But that was it. In his last six seasons with the Seahawks and the Rams (again), three with Seattle and three with L.A., he failed to make the playoffs and finished with a career-record of 186-147-1 and a playoff mark of 7-11.
Knox, who is sometimes mentioned as a Hall-of-Fame possibility, is profiled ... along with his greatest players ... in this tribute by NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal.
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