New York Jets passing game specialist Greg Knapp has passed away as the result of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident last week. He was 58 years old.
News of his passing was broken by Chicago Bears tight end coach Clancy Barone, a college teammate of Knapp at Sacramento State and later a fellow assistant in Atlanta and Denver, who took to Facebook to eulogize his good friend.
KRON-TV in San Francisco later confirmed the news via a statement from Sacramento State University.
Knapp was struck by a motorist while bicycling near his home in Danville, California, last Saturday afternoon, and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Jets confirmed the accident earlier this week, with Knapp’s family and head coach Robert Saleh releasing statements about Knapp’s condition.
The Jets’ rookies reported to training camp on Tuesday, and Knapp, who spent 2018-20 as Atlanta’s quarterbacks coach and had 25 seasons of NFL coaching experience, had been brought in by Saleh to help QB coach Rob Calabrese mentor No. 2 overall pick Zack Wilson.
Knapp was a quarterback at Sacramento State from 1982-85 and started his coaching career at his alma mater in 1986, serving three seasons as a running backs coach, two as wide receivers coach, and four as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
He moved to the NFL coaching ranks as an offensive quality control coach with the 49ers in 1995, and after three seasons in that role, became San Francisco’s quarterbacks coach (1998-2000) and then offensive coordinator (2001-03).
Knapp spent the next six seasons (2004-10) as an OC in Atlanta, Oakland, and Seattle, and then spent two seasons as Houston’s QB coach before a second stint as Raiders OC in 2012. He was the Broncos’ QB coach from 2013-16, and took 2017 off before joining the Falcons.
"Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people. He is our rock and biggest supporter, pushing us to all strive to better ourselves each day with constant love and inspiration. While many know him for his achievements as a coach, his impact as a father and husband are far greater,” the Knapp family said in their statement earlier this week.
Knapp is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and three daughters, Jordan, Natalie, and Camille.