When a nomadic head football coach named Chuck Knox stepped off the plane in Seattle, Washington, in January of 1983, he was taking on a challenge which he had not faced before in his decade of coaching. He was taking the reins of the Seattle Seahawks, a nondescript, history-poor team that hadn’t even existed when Knox got his first head coaching gig during the Nixon Administration.
From their inception in 1976 until the strike season of 1982, the Seahawks – though hardly the worst expansion franchise in NFL history – were still finding trouble making it out of abject mediocrity. Though they finished their third and fourth seasons with back-to-back 9-7 records, they weren’t able to make it into the playoffs. In fact, their fraternal expansion twins, the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who had lost their first 26 games) had already made the playoffs three times by the time Knox rolled into Washington State.