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Greg Knapp

Passing Game Specialist

College: Sacramento State

Hometown: Seal Beach, Calif.

Experience: 26 years

Biography

Greg Knapp begins his first season with the New York Jets after joining Robert Saleh's staff as the passing game specialist on January 21, 2021. For Knapp, 2021 marks his 26th season coaching in the NFL, the last 22 spent as either a quarterbacks coach or an offensive coordinator.

In his time in the NFL as an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach, Knapp has been part of nine different 4,000+ yard passing seasons. Additionally, he has coached 13 different Pro Bowl players, including 11 appearances by his quarterbacks, as Jeff Garcia (2000-02), Peyton Manning (2013-14), Michael Vick (2004-05) and Steve Young (1998) all earned Pro Bowl recognition.

Prior to joining the Jets, Knapp spent three seasons (2018-20) as the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta. Over that span, Ryan threw for 13,971 yards, the most in the league, with 87 touchdowns and a 66.9% completion percentage and a 97.7 passer rating.

Spending four seasons with the Broncos, first as quarterbacks coach (2013), and later adding the title of passing game coordinator (2014-16), he was part of staff that helped Denver register winning records in all four seasons, advancing to two Super Bowls, and winning Super Bowl 50. In 2013, his first season with the Broncos, Manning established single season NFL records with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns as the offense set NFL marks in points per game and passing yards per game. Under Knapp, Manning averaged 296.5 passing yards per game and a 100.2 passer rating between 2013-15.

Before his time in Denver, Knapp served as the offensive coordinator with Oakland (2007-08, 2012) and Seattle (2009). He also spent time as the quarterbacks coach with Houston (2010-11), helping Matt Schaub throw for 4,370 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in 2010.

During his first stint in Atlanta (2004-06), Knapp served as offensive coordinator and helped the Falcons to the league's top rushing offense all three seasons. Under Knapp, Vick became the league's first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (2006).

Beginning his NFL coaching career in San Francisco, Knapp started as an offensive quality control coach (1995-97) before serving as the quarterbacks coach (1998-2000) and ultimately the offensive coordinator (2001-03). With the 49ers, he helped coach Garcia to three Pro Bowl selections (2000-02). He also coached Hall of Famers Young, and wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens, made it to three Pro Bowls with Knapp as the offensive coordinator, and posted the highest three-year receiving yardage total of his career (3,814) while combining for 290 receptions and 39 total touchdowns.

Knapp began his coaching career at Sacramento State as the running backs coach and spent nine years (1986-94) there, serving as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the final four. A former quarterback at Sacramento State, he was in multiple NFL training camps as a player or coaching intern, including Kansas City (1986), the L.A. Raiders (1987-90) and San Francisco (1992-94), all while coaching at his alma mater.

Knapp and his wife, Charlotte, have three daughters, Jordan, Natalie, and Camille.

FLIGHT PATH

New York Jets | 2021-Present

Passing Game Specialist - 2021-Present

Atlanta Falcons | 2004-06, '18-20

Quarterbacks - 2018-20

Offensive Coordinator - 2004-06

Denver Broncos | 2013-16

Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator - 2014-16

Quarterbacks - 2013

Oakland Raiders | 2007-08, '12

Offensive Coordinator - 2007-08, '12

Houston Texans | 2010-11

Quarterbacks - 2010-11

Seattle Seahawks | 2009

Offensive Coordinator - 2009

San Francisco 49ers | 1995-2003

Offensive Coordinator - 2001-03

Quarterbacks - 1998-2000

Offensive Quality Control - 1995-97

Sacramento State | 1986-94

Assistant Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator - 1991-94

Wide Receivers - 1989-90

Running Backs - 1986-88

PLAYING CAREER

Sacramento State (Quarterback) - 1982-85

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