Raiders offer Greg Knapp offensive coordinator job

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New Raiders head coach Dennis Allen knows who he wants as his offensive coordinator: Greg Knapp.

Knapp, who currently serves as the Texans’ quarterbacks coach, was offered Oakland’s offensive coordinator position, Alex Marvez of is reporting.

If Knapp takes the job it won’t be the first time: He was also the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. He has also been the offensive coordinator of the 49ers, Falcons and Seahawks in other NFL stints, and he and Allen were on the same coaching staff in Atlanta.

52 responses to “Raiders offer Greg Knapp offensive coordinator job

  1. I hope this isn’t true, or that Knapp doesn’t take the job.

    If they keep Al Sauders, they keep the offense.

  2. I know he was around when we had that waste of a no.1 pick BUT no way do I want him near our team.

    Saunders deserves to stay.

    Please, Allen and McKenzie don’t do this

  3. You fire a guy who had the#9 ranked offense after losing his best offensive player Darren McFadden, QB, and best 2 wide receivers and hire this guy? I’ve seen Knapp’s offenses over the years……not impressive. This hire is nothing more than the good ole boy network.

  4. Reggie, why!?!!! Oakland only needed a competent DC with Hue as your OC. Knapp’s offense will be boring, conservative and consistently score less than 20 points. Oakland now needs a great DC. One step forward two steps back.

  5. Probably not Knapp’s fault but ALL I can think of when I see his face is Michael Vick beside him ignoring 100% of what he’s trying to show/teach Vick during the game.

  6. I hope this is a joke. We finally got rid of the vanilla offense and you did this. We’re fixing something that ain’t broken..We need dc NOT oc..Our division rivals must be laughing at us right now.

  7. Hard to believe this. First move by Allen is very disheartning. Next you’ll be posting he retained Breshnehan as D.C.
    Crap, this just ruined my day!

  8. Wow……I thought things would get better. I agree with what everyone alse is saying. The smart move would be to keep Al Saunders and focus on finding a good DC. The offense was not a problem last year. If Allen wants a new OC, find a young inovative guy, not a re-tread like Knapp. Al Davis’ control over the team is so strong, he can influence the coaching decisions from the grave. Spooky.

  9. This is really surprising news . I don’t really see the Raiders as a west coast offense with all the tiny receivers and all . …and that is what Gregg Knapps O is all about .

  10. Two things:

    First, why complain to Reggie? He has said all along the new HC would have full license to choose his staff. Contract probably includes that language.

    Second, it’s Alex Marvez. When was the last time Marvez had anything relevant to say about the Raiders. Now he has inside information? Not buying it just yet.

  11. 44mpo says:
    Jan 31, 2012 8:43 AM
    Hard to believe this. First move by Allen is very disheartning. Next you’ll be posting he retained Breshnehan as D.C.
    Crap, this just ruined my day!
    This is a rumor, nothing more.

    Some of you guys should try reading the article before posting.

  12. Jamarcus Russell had his best year under Knapp. Check the stats. Its why Al was able to say….Jamarcus is a great QB, get over it…He didn’t regress until Cable took over play calling duties. Then when Cable got rid of Knapp in 09…it was all bad for #2.

    I say, no bueno, because Carson Palmer is a Coryell QB where he’s asked to throw to a spot on the field. He’s a disaster in the West Coast Offense.

  13. The Raiders had to do this to satisfy the NFL’s Retread Rule.

    The rules states that if you insist on hiring a young coordinator instead of picking someone from the Old Failed Coaches List, you must hire someone as coordinator who has failed in at least two other locations.

    It was either Knapp or talk Mike Martz out of retirement.

  14. tatatoothy says: Jan 31, 2012 7:20 AM

    Well you can cross Michael Vick off the list of potential future QB’s in Oakland

    No sane Raiders fan would want that sorry washed up pile of dung.

  15. I think a lot of you guys are forgetting that Al Sauders wasn’t running his offense. He was running Hue Jackson’s offense, so there is no guarantee things would stay the same if he was retained for the position. I was hoping he would we remain with the team, but it was obvious during yesterday’s press conference that Allen has other plans.

  16. Come on, Saunders. Come back to KC.

    Raiders may have made a huge mistake. Saunders is about as good as OC’s get.

  17. This sort of decision makes me want to hide. I have nothing against either OCs, but the constant changing, even with a GM its like things are done as they happen, purely reactionary. How can it constantly seem like there is no plan. Where the hell is our identity, I thought this fluid dynamic would have ended with Mr. Davis. We are the damn Silver and Black, not a bunch of vultures circling a dieing animal! Enough with the re-hashes.

  18. I thought when Knapp came to Oakland the first time he had an excellent reume. But, they had Russell at QB, enough said. Now he is QB coach in Houston where Schaub has gone to a new level, then he has Leinart playin well for the first time in his career. And to top it off Houstons 3rd string qb, also coached by him, wins them their first playoff game (TJ Yates).

  19. Well I can recall some games when we couldn’t even get a first down we went 3 n out many times and that Miami game was the worst plus the BIGG egg we layed at home against KC…just thinking is our offense to predictable what happen on using our tight ends in the passing game a good OC whould had a better game plane when we couldn’t move the ball..

  20. bad decision.Saunders offense was one of the bright spots for the Raiders the past 2 years.Knapp is a west. last offense oriented coach.I know they want to make changes but this is the one area where they were doing well.I don’t like this move.

  21. Thought McKenzie was going to clean house and bring in a new approach. We’ve seen the Knapp offense and it’s boring and predictable. Was hoping for new blood all around, not revisiting past failure. There’s a reason this guy is coaching QB’s and no longer running an offense.

  22. Not a follower of the Raiders and know nothing of either of these two OC’s but, just asking:

    everyone here is saying that they should’ve just kept the old OC because the offense had gotten much better over the last couple years. To my recollection, Hue Jackson was the OC for Tom Cable, then became HC. So, who’s to say that the offense that the old (current) OC was running would be the same as what Hue ran? Did Hue call the plays while he was HC as well?

  23. 44mpo says:
    Jan 31, 2012 8:43 AM
    Hard to believe this. First move by Allen is very disheartning. Next you’ll be posting he retained Breshnehan as D.C.
    Crap, this just ruined my day!

    I feel the same exact way right now. After watching the press conference I was feeling pretty good about the hire and how well Allen could communicate and get this team on the right path.(cutting back the penalties and stupid costly mistakes) I went online to rewatch the press conference again last night and saw that he had offered the OC job to Knapp and all those good feeling went right out the window. This will be a huge mistake! Welcome back to 25th or worse in scoring . This is some straight up Bull S**t!! Knapp really???? It didnt work out the first time and I have no optimism that any thing will change the second time around. Why change from Saunders just to have his “buddy” there to kiss his ass at a huge cost to the team. NO ON KNAPP!!!

  24. celly 84 makes a valid point. It was Hue’s offense the last 2 seasons. I just don’t want any retreads. If we really are changing the culture, bringing back guys who were part of past failure doesn’t seem to be moving in the right direction. Gannon said the whole thing needed to be blown up – he was right. He would be a guy I’d be looking at to join the staff.

  25. One more team you can scratch off Terrell Owens’ list of potential suitors.

    The list of teams he is not wanted on/no longer wanted on is pretty long and distinguished… and getting longer every week: 49ers, Raiders, Eagles, Ravens, Bills, Cowgirls, Bengals, Browns (since Chilly is the new OC there), wherever Todd Haley ends up (probably AZ or Pittsburgh)….

    Poor fella… must be hard to have to sleep in that bed he’s made…. if he could afford a bed now.

  26. It was NOT Hue’s offense, never was, it was and IS Al Saunders offense.

    Hue called plays from Al Saunders playbook.


  27. tatatoothy says: Jan 31, 2012 7:20 AM

    Well you can cross Michael Vick off the list of potential future QB’s in Oakland


    Think that would be the only good thing to come out of this!

  28. This hiring proves 5 things.

    1. Michael Silver is a fraud, Knapp was here in 07 exposing Silver’s report about Mark Davis not bringing in anyone from the past as Libel & Yellow Journalism.

    2. Dennis Allen may not have a clue what he’s doing.

    3. Reggie Mckenzie may not have a clue what he’s doing.

    4. Our offense will probably not be as “explosive” as it was the last 2 years.

    5. Zone blocking is for losers.

  29. I always defended Hue, still do. Raiders aren’t making this any harder. Greg Knapp, seriously? Are we going to make Carson Palmer run bootlegs and throw timing routes now?

    At the very least, somebody please draft DHB in fantasy football because he’s the only receiver on our team that can work in Greg’s offense.

  30. “Knapp & Kiffin helped ruin the Raiders…”


    Actually, we should have just kept Kiffin. He may be a drama queen, but he’s proven he’s a really good coach!

  31. “It was NOT Hue’s offense, never was, it was and IS Al Saunders offense.
    Hue called plays from Al Saunders playbook.”


    That’s funny, I don’t remember Saunders being there when Hue was the OC and resurrected the offense (ya know, when Cable was the HC)…

  32. I think its a great move seeing how he handled QB’s dropping left and right in Houston and still was able to have a rookie 5th round pick play good enough to make the playoffs.

  33. Now I’m REALLY going to miss Hue Jackosn.

    Seriously, Allen?! How can you do that to this offense? You said they were gonna be agressive and ‘attacking’ – that’s NOT what Knapp is.

    And Knapp is a WCO guy. Palmer isn’t.

    Raiders moved away from the ZBB and got bettter in pass protection – now they’re going to go back? Jesus Christ!

    Skeptical to say the least on this move

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