Reports out of Oakland following the final game of the regular season indicated that offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was finished with the Raiders after one year on the job.
Those reports have been proven correct. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Knapp has been relieved of his duties. The offense was down across the board this season — they had lower totals in yards per game, points per game, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns than they did in 2011 — and running back Darren McFadden’s averaged two fewer yards per carry than he did last season. Knapp’s not responsible for all of the problems, but it’s tough to skate by as an offensive coordinator when you’ve got a resume like that.
The Raiders are also parting ways with offensive line coach Frank Pollack, special teams coordinator Steve Holland and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.
“Decisions like this are very difficult,” Allen said in a statement. “I have a great deal of respect for all of these men and I appreciate their contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season.”
The Raiders finished the year 4-12 and they’ll pick third in April’s draft.