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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Fort Knox no longer

   Jan. 25, 1983 -- By the time the 1982 season ended, it was more or less an open secret that Chuck Knox's days of coaching the Buffalo Bills were about over. He made it official on this date.

   Knox was a rare hire by the Bills in their history … a big-name coach. He had been with the Rams from 1973 to 1977, where he won five straight division championship. However, Knox never could get the Rams into the Super Bowl, so he jumped to the Bills.

   There he took the Bills up from more or less dead to respectability. Buffalo reached the playoffs in both 1980 and 1981, and the team beat the Jets in a first-round playoff game in 1981. However, the team went 4-5 in 1982 and had some internal problems caused by the strike of that season.

   Knox also supposedly had trouble reaching an agreement with owner Ralph Wilson about a contract. So, he left the Bills at that point and immediately jumped to the Seattle Seahawks as the head coach.

   In Seattle, Knox reached an AFC championship game in his first season, but lost to the Raiders. Knox later went back to the Rams for three seasons through 1994 and then retired.

   Knox never did get to a Super Bowl in his career as a head coach, but he won a lot of games in trying to reach that goal.

--- Budd Bailey

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