Greg Knapp Deserves Second Chance with Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders' 18th head coach in franchise history has wasted little time in filling out, or at least seeking members for, his staff.  

Dennis Allen was rejected by former boss John Fox to interview Denver linebackers coach Richard Smith for the Raiders' vacant defensive coordinator job.  

Fox Sports is reporting that Kelly Skipper will be brought back in the same position he has held the last five years in Oakland—running backs coach.  Skipper has been through several coaches in those five years, and he has been re-united with a former co-worker.

It has been confirmed that Greg Knapp will return to the Raiders as offensive coordinator under Dennis Allen.  Knapp was the offensive coordinator for the Raiders during the turbulent 2007-08 seasons that saw Lane Kiffin come and go and then Tom Cable was promoted.  Cable would then strip Knapp of play-calling duties and fire Knapp after that 5-11 2008 season.

I have heard a comparison to Chuck Bresnahan's return, and that's a horrible comparison.  Knapp was fired by Cable, and we know what a brilliant mind "The Cable Guy" is.  Bresnahan never was successful in the NFL, and at his finest hour, had an offense led by Rich Gannon to rely on for a bailout.

Knapp has proven himself elsewhere in the NFL like this last season when he mentored a rookie QB (T.J. Yates) into a playoff winner.  Knapp also had success in Atlanta with Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn.  Before that, Knapp was in the playoffs with the San Francisco 49ers at the beginning of the decade.

The last time Knapp was with Oakland, he had the Al Davis mandated quarterback JaMarcus Russell as well as a battle between Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown while Russell was a holdout in his rookie season.  Although Knapp's offense ranked 27th in 2007, that year began the Raiders return to respectability.  

In 2007, the ...

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