Less than a year earlier, Knox had taken over a team that hadn't won more than six games in any of the previous three seasons and had yet to reach the playoffs since its inception in 1976.
Now, the Seahawks were off to the AFC Championship Game."We win that game, and everybody's in the locker room and I think Chuck had a couple of words to say, but he was almost at a loss for words," Raible said.
But it was Chuck."The fun side of Knox came out more often.
Moyer recalls the coach halting a bus ride to the airport following a comeback win over the Patriots in Foxboro in 1986.
But his approval wasn't easily earned, and it was sometimes subtly expressed, like when Moyer made a late interception of Warren Moon to help the Seahawks beat the Houston Oilers in 1988."I watched the film afterward and I was looking at our sideline because our sideline was going nuts," he said.That was three seasons before Knox -- who died earlier this month at age 86 -- arrived in Seattle."Chuck was superstitious," said Steve Raible, an original Seahawk who spent six seasons with the team as a wide receiver until retiring in 1982 to join their radio broadcast, "so if we lost and had stayed at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City, the next year we'd go in and stay at the Double Tree, and if we lost, the next year we'd go in and stay at the Hyatt."We had stayed every place but the YWCA, it had been so long since we had won at Kansas City."To many, this game is best known for Derrick Thomas setting an NFL record that still stands with seven sacks.Often forgotten is how the Seahawks won it in dramatic fashion when Dave Krieg ducked out of what would have been an eighth Thomas sack and hit Paul Skansi in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown as time expired, tying the game at 16 before Seattle kicked the extra point. Kansas City's airport was one of the few that didn't allow teams to bus onto the tarmac to their plane, so they had to board through the gate."It was so much fun and Chuck was there enjoying it. But for those few minutes, it was really precious."Said Wyman: "He was tough, but he worked hard and he played hard."Knox the intimidator Wyman and Moyer developed a nickname for their coach: Mona Lisa, because it felt like his eyes never left you.He was telling stories and slapping guys on the back, and I guarantee you on Monday, when they went back to practice ... You're not going to win anything by worrying about what you did on Sunday. Only Knox's eyes were steely blue and produced an intimidating glare."It didn't matter where he was, he pulled his cap down, his hat, it always looked like he was looking at you," Moyer said.
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