Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp Has Got to Go

Raider Nation, it brings me no great pleasure to tell you this: but I told you so.

Ever since I heard two dreadful words in the offseason, I told you things were going to be bad. I knew this season was going to require many sighs and alcoholic beverages in order to stomach it. What were those two little words, you ask?

Greg Knapp.

Or as I like to affectionately refer to him, Greg “The Offense Takes a” Knapp. Raider fans told me to give him a chance. “Look what he did in Houston!” they argued (even though he was a quarterbacks coach there, not a coordinator).

Let’s be clear about one thing: Knapp hasn’t been a good offensive coordinator in almost a decade. In fact, he’s barely been a passable offensive coordinator since getting canned from the 49ers in 2003. He’s terrible. His schemes are unimaginative, he wastes offensive talent… He’s just no good.

Look what he’s done to Darren McFadden. The guy who was in consideration for MVP midway through 2011 looks like Chris Johnson in 2012; not a comparison any running back wants made about them. 

You know what Knapp’s greatest career highlight is? Getting reamed on the sidelines by Terrell Owens in 2003.

As I pointed out in an article earlier this year, Knapp’s been an offensive coordinator for six seasons since San Francisco. Here’s where his offenses ranked: 20th, 12th, 12th, 25th, 29th and 21st in the NFL.

Those two years where his offense was 12th? Michael Vick was his quarterback, when Vick was still actually good. He gets no credit for that.


Sure, the Raiders lost a lot of players from last year’s underachieving 8-8 team. But a lot of those players were on the defensive side of the ball. Carson Palmer is still here. McFadden is still here. Darrius Heyward-Bey, coming off a breakout seaso...

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