Chuck Knox was a head coach in the National Football League on four separate occasions, for the Los Angeles Rams (twice), Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks. He was very successful and his teams put up some very good regular season records, but his teams were also noted for several early round exits from the playoffs. In a number of his stops around the league, the offense that he put in emphasized the running game and was often nicknamed “Ground Chuck”.
Some interesting facts about longtime NFL head coach Chuck Knox:
-Chuck Knox coached the Rams on two different occasions, first from 1973 to 1977 and then again from 1992 to 1994.
-Before entering the ranks of professional football assistant coaches, Chuck Knox coached at the collegiate level with Juniata College, Wake Forest University, and the University of Kentucky.
-In 1974, in his second season as head coach of the Rams, Chuck Knox started James Harris at quarterback. This is notable as Harris was the first African-American to start and play regularly as a quarterback in the NFL.
-Before becoming head coach of the Los Angeles Rams in 1973, Chuck Knox’s only head coaching experience was three years at Ellwood City High School in the late 1950s.
-In 1974, 1975, and 1976 the Rams under Chuck Knox won their division, advanced through the playoffs, and then lost the NFC Championship Game to the Minnesota Vikings.
-The Los Angeles Rams won their division in each of Chuck Knox’s five seasons as the team’s head coach during the 1970s.
-Chuck Knox’s first year as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in 1983 was also the first year the team made the playoffs.
-Chuck Knox was the first NFL head coach to win a division title with three different teams.
-Chuck Knox’s son, Chuck Knox Jr., has been an assistant coach in the NFL.
-Chuck Knox’s final record in the NFL as a head coach was 186-147-1.