Monday, January 29, 2007

Knapp Named Offensive Coordinator

As was reported as a rumor earlier this week here on The Eye Patch, Greg Knapp was finally hired as the Raiders new Offensive Coordinator. The former Falcons and 49ers OC will have his hands full, in an attempt to revive the league's most anemic offense.

"We are extremely excited to have Greg on board and be part of a new and exciting era of Raider football," said Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin. "I've been familiar with his success coaching in this league for some time now and he shares the same vision and passion for what it will take to bring an explosive offense back to the Raider Nation. His history of getting his quarterbacks to play at an elite level is second to none. He's thrilled about moving back to the Bay area and we're excited to have him."

Knapp has served as an NFL coach for 12 years. What may have lured Al Davis and Lane Kiffin to hire Knapp was the fact that he has coached three QBs that went on to play in the Pro Bowl for 9 of those 12 seasons. (Steve Young, 1997 and 1998; Jeff Garcia, 2000, 2001, 2002; Michael Vick, 2004 and 2005).



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