Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp dies at 58
Former Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp died Thursday of complications from a bicycle accident on Saturday, his agent Jeff Sperbeck said. Knapp was 58.
“Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called home to Heaven where he will be reunited with his father,” Sperbeck said, according to Denver 9 News reporter Mike Klis, who tweeted the news. .
“On SAT. On July 17th, Greg was hit by a car while riding his bike and lost consciousness immediately. Greg never regained consciousness. He was surrounded by his mother, his wife, his 3 daughters and his brother.
Sperbeck then, according to Klis, cited some of the notable players who had been coached by Knapp: “Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan and, most recently, Zach Wilson. Those of us fortunate enough to have known him know that he wished even this moment was a good time for learning. “
Jeff Sperbeck, Greg Knapp’s agent, has just announced that Coach Knapp died of injuries sustained while cycling in California on Saturday and was struck by a vehicle.
“Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back to his home in Heaven.” (Following). # 9sports
– Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 22, 2021
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky also tweeted his condolences.
Greg Knapp was all that was amazing about NFL assistant coaches – the investment. He invested me and so many others with such rare joy. Devastating news for his family. My prayers of comfort are with his family.
– Dan Orlovsky (@ danorlovsky7) July 22, 2021
Knapp was riding a bike near his home in San Ramon, California when he was hit by a car. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
Hired by the New York Jets in January as a passing specialist, Knapp was expected to help bring in second draft pick quarterback Zach Wilson in the coming season.
The Jets confirmed the tragic news Thursday afternoon by sharing a statement from his family, and the Raiders followed up with their own message of remorse to Knapp.
A statement from the Knapp family.
– New York Jets (@nyjets) July 22, 2021
The Raiders are saddened and stunned to learn of the passing of Greg Knapp, who served as the offensive coordinator for two stints with the Silver and Black.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with Coach Knapp’s family during this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/EdU6TGOncF
– Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) July 22, 2021
Knapp was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 200-7-08 and again in 2012. A former Sacramento State quarterback, Knapp was with the Raiders as a player during the offseason from 1987 to 1990.
He was entering his 25th season as an NFL coach. In addition to the Raiders and Jets, Knapp has coached the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.
Knapp was known as one of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL. Our deepest condolences go out to Knapp’s family, friends, colleagues and players. TO TEAR APART.