Greg Knapp

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Greg Knapp
Greg Knapp in 2008.jpg
Knapp in 2008 as Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator
Denver Broncos
Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-03-05) March 5, 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Career information
College: Sacramento State
No regular season or postseason appearances
Coaching debut in 1986 for the Sacramento State Hornets
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason, preseason, or practice squad only
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

Gregory Fishbeck "Greg" Knapp (born March 5, 1963) is a football coach and the current quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos. He has previously held several other assistant coaching positions, including offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.

Playing career[edit]

As a quarterback at Sacramento State University, Knapp enjoyed a distinguished career where he ranked among the Hornets' career leaders with more than 3,800 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes. He went to training camps with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1986, Los Angeles Raiders in 1987-1990 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1992-1994.[1][2][3] Prior to joining the 49ers as a coach, Knapp spent nine years on the coaching staff of Sacramento State, as running backs coach from 1986–1989, receivers coach from 1989–1990 and offensive coordinator/assistant head coach from 1991-1994. Knapp's coaching career at Sacrmaneto State included the 1988 season where Sacramento State reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Football Championship.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Knapp spent nine years in various positions with the San Francisco 49ers: offensive quality control from 1995 to 1997, quarterbacks coach from 1998 to 2000, and offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003, featuring the West coast offense. [5] He was named offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons from 2004 to 2006, helping to form Michael Vick at quarterback as a potent two-way offensive threat. The 2004 Atlanta Falcons finished first in the NFC South with an 11-5 record. Knapp then went to the Oakland Raiders as offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008, but these teams struggled on offense. In 2009, he shifted to the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator and then as quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans from 2010 to 2011, helping mold Matt Schaub into a premier quarterback. The 2011 Texans finished the season 10-6 and first place in the AFC South.

Before the start of the 2012 NFL season, he was named by new head coach Dennis Allen, whom he met as a fellow coach in Atlanta, as offensive coordinator of the Raiders a second time around. To strengthen the offensive line, the Raiders' general manager, Reggie McKenzie, picked the Texans' right guard, Mike Brisiel, as a free agent. After a season marked by a switch to a zone-blocking scheme at Knapp's urging, and the resulting ineffectiveness of the Raiders' key offensive threat, running back Darren McFadden, Knapp was relieved of his duties as the Raiders offensive coordinator on December 31st, 2012.

Knapp was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos on January 18th, 2013.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Rich (August 21, 1987). "Raiders Sign 2 Free Agents, Cut a Quarterback". Los Angeles Times. The Raiders signed punter Jeff Hayes and defensive back Don Brown and cut quarterback Greg Knapp, a free agent from Cal State Sacramento, Thursday. 
  2. ^ "Shanahan's Shenanigan: Young Coach Comes In and Changes the Raiders' Looks". Los Angeles Times. August 4, 1988. 
  3. ^ "Broncos hire Greg Knapp as quarterbacks coach". Denver Broncos. January 18, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ 2013 Sacramento State Football Media Guide, p. 99.
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/KnapGr0.htm
Preceded by
Marty Mornhinweg
San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinators
2001-03
Succeeded by
Ted Tollner
Preceded by
Pete Mangurian
Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinators
2004-06
Succeeded by
Hue Jackson
Preceded by
John Shoop
Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinators
2007-08
Succeeded by
Ted Tollner
Preceded by
Gil Haskell
Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinators
2009
Succeeded by
Jeremy Bates
Preceded by
Al Saunders
Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinators
2012
Succeeded by
Greg Olson