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NFL Network: Knapp a done deal

Greg Knapp will return to Oakland as offensive coordinator, the NFL Network is reporting.

Knapp, the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans for the past two seasons was hired by Lane Kiffin to work in that capacity for the Raiders in 2007 and took over as the primary play-caller when Kiffin was fired.

Those duties were eventually taken over by Tom Cable as the offense struggled under JaMarcus Russell, with Knapp leaving to become offensive coordinator in Seattle in 2009 and then moving to Houston in 2010 when Jim Mora’s staff was swept out in favor of Pete Carroll.

Knapp was offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2001-03 and worked with Raiders coach Dennis Allen with the Atlanta Falcons, where both were working under Mora.

Allen declined to confirm Knapp’s addition to the staff in an interview with KNBR Tuesday morning, saying he and general manager Reggie McKenzie would meet and determine when to release information regarding staff hires.

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  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Dakota Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    791.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    It was fun watching palmer throw 16 picks in 9 games?!?!?!/

    GOOD RIDDANCE
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    lol, what crack is Mistic smoking today? Did we miss a post where Carson was traded? Did you just wake from a dream where Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Jason Campbell were signed by the Raiders or something?
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    Not at all dakotex,

    Poor palmer isnt a fit for knapps offense, and the post of stop gap just got a whole lot shakier with the hiring of the new oc.

    We may have to endure palmer for one more season, simply based on the money and picks we gave up to get him. However if he struggles and cant learn the playbook he is gone. he is miscast in knapps offense.

    Cant wait to see what qbs we bring in this off season, or who we draft in 2013.

    Palmer can take his bungle stripped helmet and his skid marked undies back to the queen city

  • RaiderLen

    McFadden much better than Bush.

    Bush not a Franchise Tag back.

    Reggie knows this.

  • DutchRaider77

    Funny that Knapp left/fired from his job in Atlanta 2004-2006 and Hue Took over….

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    doriangray Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Well .. I told you so… I knew Al Saunders wasn’t coming back. Every Raider fan wanted Saunders back but I didn’t understand why . So, how was San Fran’s offense back then?

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    When Knapp ran it? Pretty good.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Speaking of someone who desperately needs to get laid, MB has entered the building.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Greg Knapp’s beyotch of a sister Gwenn, will be named special teams coach…

  • Try Some Reality

    LMAO! The moment we get Knapp as OC, Mistic decides to crawl out from his cave. Chill out, homie. Carson isn’t going anywhere. You’ll be back in hiding in no time.

    By the way, how’d you like the comments from Big Mac in Black and General Allen yesterday on how Palmer is excited and that they both spoke with him? You enjoy that they both made it a point to talk with him? Bet JC’s phone was as silent as you’ll be next year when Palmer directs his team to the playoffs.

  • YoungAmerican

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    @YoungAmerican
    You think Knapp could just copy Kubiak’s offense? Knapp has been in Houston for 2 years? Also Knapp’s Wiki page is already updated to reflect he is Oakland’s OC…

    ————

    Good question. More depth at RB and on the OL would help. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Brisiel be a target to shore up either OG position.

    Terrance Ganaway and Mike Tolbert should be targets in the draft and FA. Isaiah Pead could also be an option in the draft if the Raiders decide to cut ties with McFadden (not saying it will happen, but McFadden is the only chip they have if they want to get into the 2nd round).

    I think the Raiders will see what they have at WR this season, and upgrade in 2013 if Moore and Ford don’t make strides and/or DHB’s progress doesn’t continue. For a WCO, they could use a big-bodied possession guy who can make things happen over the middle. But again, who knows what Knapp intends to do.

  • realtruraider

    791.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    It was fun watching palmer throw 16 picks in 9 games?!?!?!/

    GOOD RIDDANCE

    =================

    LMFAO!!! looks like someone missed the presser yesterday, or the multiple interviews Allen has done sense, sorry to let you down but Allen already said Palmer is the starter when the season starts, not training camp, the season. OK?

  • RaiderLen

    Not at all dakotex,

    Poor palmer isnt a fit for knapps offense, and the post of stop gap just got a whole lot shakier with the hiring of the new oc.

    We may have to endure palmer for one more season, simply based on the money and picks we gave up to get him. However if he struggles and cant learn the playbook he is gone. he is miscast in knapps offense.

    Cant wait to see what qbs we bring in this off season, or who we draft in 2013.

    Palmer can take his bungle stripped helmet and his skid marked undies back to the queen city
    ———————————–
    LOL

    Palmer is here to stay.

    Get over it.

    I particularly liked the part about Palmer possibly not grasping a playbook. LOL

  • Dakota

    “Manusky couldn’t keep up the great work of predecessor Ron Rivera, who moved on to become the first-year head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

    There were major statistical drop-offs in key defensive categories under Manusky. After Rivera coached the unit to become the No. 1 total defense, No. 1 pass defense and No. 4 third-down defense in 2010, those rankings fell to No. 16, No. 13 and No. 32, respectively in Manusky’s short tenure.

    Turner denied that Manusky was the scapegoat for the team’s struggles.

    “Obviously, when you make a change, that’s a natural thing that people assume,” Turner said Thursday. “I think we looked hard at what we need to do to move forward. We made a decision about what was the direction I wanted to go, we wanted to go. John was a part this defense for a long time, and I think he’ll do a good job at it.”

    Manusky, who kept up the Chargers’ 3-4 scheme, had been the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers from 2007 to ’10 before taking the San Diego job. It probably didn’t help Manusky’s case that the 49ers dramatically improved their 3-4 production with Vic Fangio replacing him as defensive coordinator.

    The 49ers were No. 13 in total defense, No. 24 in pass defense and No. 19 in third down defense in 2010. Under Fangio, those rankings went up to No. 4, No. 16 and No. 11 in 2011.”

    Puke.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    RaiderChaos Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    Greg Manusky Was interviewed for the D-Coordinators position and Kelly Skipper will be retained as running backs coach….. No word yet on how Manuskys’ interview went…..
    ————
    We already learned that from reputable sources.

  • FormerlyGoodOle00

    Because you don’t date you wouldn’t know that women can have children at any stage of their career. Especially successful women. It’s called Nannys/day care/ live in’s.
    Many prefer to start the family before diving into a career that might make it hard to take a break from later.

    Sullivan44 Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Dakota, show me a woman today under 25 with a kid who’s in a good marriage, career situation with either her or her husband is set up, etc. This isn’t the 1920’s, Dakota. Most women today with any kind of goals in life wait till their late 20’s.

  • alex7

    safe hire :(

    Basically “I know this guy, thus, I’ll hire this guy.”

    instead of “This is the BEST guy available to run an explosive, up-tempo offense. Doesn’t matter if we have no previous ties.”

  • FormerlyGoodOle00

    Unsuccessful retreads as assts isn’t making anyone feel all that optimistic.

    It’s Al’s curse, coming back to haunt us.

  • Try Some Reality

    However if he struggles and cant learn the playbook he is gone. he is miscast in knapps offense.

    =========================================

    You mean like JC struggled to learn Hue’s playbook?

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    812.Albert Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    RaiderChaos Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    Greg Manusky Was interviewed for the D-Coordinators position and Kelly Skipper will be retained as running backs coach….. No word yet on how Manuskys’ interview went…..
    ————
    We already learned that from reputable sources.

    _______________________________________

    Sure you did tard…..

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I recently asked my friends’ little girl what she wanted to be when
    she grows up. She said she wanted to be President of the United
    States. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there.
    So I asked her, “If you were President, what would be the first thing
    you would do?” She replied, “I’d give food and houses to all the
    homeless people…

    Her parents proudly beamed. “Wo…w…what a worthy goal,” I told her.
    “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. Tell
    you what – you can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds,
    and sweep my driveway, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over
    to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can
    give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house. How about doing
    something wonderful like that?”

    She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight
    in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do
    the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”

    I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

  • Hardline

    I don’t pretend to know much about X’s and O’s, nor do I pretend to know much about Greg Knapp. Back in those dark and dismal days when we were stuck at 4 and 12, I didn’t pay attention to details.

    I just read Greg Knapp’s stats and I see that in his first 2 yrs working at OC for SF had, as I intrepret it, Knapp had substantial success, at least as is recorded in the various measuring categories relating to “stats” of an OC.

    However, Knapp, while working as OC in Oakland in 07 and 08, had very deleterious and negative stats, especially in comparison to his work in SF.

    After Knapp’s stint in SF, and before his employment with the Raiders under Kiffen, Knapp’s stats seem to be respectable, yet less impressive than when he worked for SF. The same can be said regarding Knapp’s work after 07 and 08 with the Raiders.

    If someone could please explain Knapp’s success or lack of it, I would be most appreciative. Of course, I will keep in mind that while working for “Lance” the Raiders were in a death spiral of unimaginable proportions, which may have skewered Knapp’s stats.

    Also, if Knapp’s performance as OC in 07 and 08 was so insubstantial based on his personal performance, why is he the new OC?

  • Try Some Reality

    Blog homies. May I propose the following nicknames for McKenzie and Allen:

    Big Mac in All Black
    General Allen

    Any others?

  • DutchRaider77

    Good question. More depth at RB and on the OL would help. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Brisiel be a target to shore up either OG position.

    _____________________________________________________

    Derrick Ward? Seems kinda soft for a big back….

  • Dakota

    Well, looks like we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for coordinators and assistant coaches.

    Reggie waited for his guy, but in doing so may have hamstrung his guy with poor help.

    Bummer.

    Hope they put these fools on one year contracts.

  • doriangray

    our vegetarian coach allen hired his friend , it happens.. they golf together . we need a boring ball control offense right now anyway cus our defense is atrocious. maybe itll help the defesne stay fresh .

  • RaiderLen

    #819…TALENT

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Good Ole, like I said earlier, show me one woman under the age of 25 who has a kid and has her schit together.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    You guys are too funny today. Palmer is signed to a contract, OF COURSE THE GM AND COACH ARE GOING TO TALK TO HIM. From what i read it appeeared that they wanted to gauge carsons attitude since hujacks departure to see if he would be on board. This doent mean in any way that he wont be gone by the end of this year, especially if he struggles.

    Of course carson is the starter going into the season, he is the only signed vet on the roster. Dont fool yourself into believing that there wont be competition brought in, or that he is a lock for 2013.

    This is afull rebuild people, im not concerned with who plays qb in 2012 because i dont see a long term answer on the team. I am over joyed thought that carson went from golden boy to stop gap the minute big mack signed on.

    Did you guys miss allen saying “the qb position needs to be addressed”? or big macks ‘i like my own players” when asked about carson.

    CARSON IS A STOP GAP I DOUBT HE SURVIVES INTO 2013, NOT ONLY BECAUSE HE DOESNT FIT THE WCO, BUT HE NEEDS TO LEARN A NEW PLAYBOOK (WHICH WE SAW IS A STRUGGLE FOR HIM) AND HE WILL CONTINUE THROWING PICKS.

    Sorry guys, enjoy it while you can his time is running out

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Speaking of needing to get laid, when’s MB finally going to?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Our defense gives up 80 yard drives to start the 3rd quarter or after our offense goes 70 yards for a score so I dont think simply keeping them fresh is the answer. We need a scheme and players to execute.
    _______

    doriangray Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    our vegetarian coach allen hired his friend , it happens.. they golf together . we need a boring ball control offense right now anyway cus our defense is atrocious. maybe itll help the defesne stay fresh .

  • doriangray

    hey Sullivan44 , ill show u one – kyla pratt .. dont know her ? google her. shes under 25 . and succesful wit a baby.

  • jraider

    Albert Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Raiders.com added coaches back to their website, LOL:

    http://www.raiders.com/team/coaches.html

    -

    all 1 of ‘em

  • RaiderLen

    Did you guys miss allen saying “the qb position needs to be addressed”? or big macks ‘i like my own players” when asked about carson.
    ——————————–
    I missed this.

    Where can I find the reference material?

  • ElToroRaider
  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    ok dorian, other than a rich actor, can you show me anyone else?

  • Dakota

    Must be schytty for guys like Mistic1 and Bo….they paint themselves in a corner and then actually root for two of our best players (McFadden and Palmer) to fail.

  • Hardline

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain,

    I agree Mistic; I have been saying the same thing about CP for awhile now. Mainly, CP is past his prime and in no measure can avoid the rush, roll out, and lacks the ability to improvise and successfully morph something good from a busted play.

    He just too old, with too little, too late. He’ll be here next season and will make some beautiful throws to Moore and Ford if conditions are perfect. But, he is no long term solution.

  • Hardline

    I am still waiting for an analysis of Greg Knapp. Please see my post #819.

  • RaiderLen

    Dakota Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    Must be schytty for guys like Mistic1 and Bo….they paint themselves in a corner and then actually root for two of our best players (McFadden and Palmer) to fail.
    ———————-
    I’ll never understand this completely.

  • realtruraider

    WOW, Mistic really hates Palmer. Wonder if he will be rooting against the raiders next year? It sure sounds like he will.

  • RaiderLen

    Hardline Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain,

    I agree Mistic; I have been saying the same thing about CP for awhile now. Mainly, CP is past his prime and in no measure can avoid the rush, roll out, and lacks the ability to improvise and successfully morph something good from a busted play.

    He just too old, with too little, too late. He’ll be here next season and will make some beautiful throws to Moore and Ford if conditions are perfect. But, he is no long term solution.
    ———————————-
    I’ll take 3 years from Palmer.

    A long term solution implies a 10 yr starter.

    Pryor is the only one on the current roster that fits that description.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    realtruraider Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    WOW, Mistic really hates Palmer. Wonder if he will be rooting against the raiders next year? It sure sounds like he will.
    ========

    no i dont hate palmer, i dont think he is very good. he turns the ball over like 90 going north ( that means a lot). Im glad when any turn over prone raider qb is put on notice.

    Rooting for my team to field the best players, is rooting for my team

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Dakota Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Must be schytty for guys like Mistic1 and Bo….they paint themselves in a corner and then actually root for two of our best players (McFadden and Palmer) to fail.
    ==========

    palmer fans are the new gradkowski fans, and they are spinning themselves into a frenzy.

    I have never rooted for a player to fail, but make no mistake missing the playoffs, and throwing 16 picks in 9 games, 3 games with atleast three picks , one game with four picks, and two picks returned for touchdowns IS INDEED UNDENIABLE MISERABLE FAILURE!

    Thank god big mack knows this

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    If you hire Allen, you are hiring his choices for the staff, too. That’s the way it works for normal teams.

    But this is where the Raiders fan meltdown comes from: They are not used to normal, haven’t experienced it… ever… and have been encouraged to have their rage ready to go, at the first sign of non-Raider-like activity.

    AD would have forced Saunders on his new coach, period. That’s the way Al did things. No HC candidate with options would’ve ever accepted that–Dennis Allen wouldn’t have accepted that.

    I don’t know if Allen is going to be any good; I do know he has to be given the chance to work under normal NFL coach conditions.

    And I know that the Raiders would’ve had to settle for a lesser HC candidate if they forced the HC to keep Saunders. They would not have gotten Allen under those circumstances.

    They’re bad circumstances.

    That’s how they got Norv Turner, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell Part 2, Tom Cable and Hue Jackson, by the way.

    That’s how they had a split locker room and zero accountability. It worked when Al was at the top of his game, but that wasn’t the case lately.

    And it’s not the way the Raiders are doing things now. Raiders fans have to get used to this, or they will be screaming a lot.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2012/01/31/raiders-fan-meltdown-over-saundersknapp-when-rage-is-in-a-teams-dna/

  • realtruraider

    Fk Kawakami, Fking idiot

  • realtruraider

    Does he think Raider fans are the only fans that btch about this stuff? Herrera needs to kick his @ss.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Realtruraider Says:
    January 31st, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Fk Kawakami, Fking idiot
    ————————————
    Knee-jerk, typical reaction.

  • RaiderLen

    For perspective……

    Of Palmers 16 int’s 37% (6) came in the 1st 2 games after getting up off the couch.

    Another 25% (4)came in the Green Bay beating.

    I’m confident next season will show that Palmer can take care of the ball, and make quality throws in tight windows.

    He’ll also be able to quickly change a call at the LOS, and provide the up tempo style that Allen is talking about.

    Defense has to do it’s part, and Palmer will do his.

    Reggie knows this.

  • JLofty

    Are you guys melting down? Ya’ll seem to me to be the regular mostly lunatics, some comedians and a few actual reasonable heads to me…

  • JLofty

    Melt-downs in this place is like ice cubes and polar bears at the North Pole…

  • Deja vu

    Peter King article on coach Allen.

    —————————–
    Offensively, “I don’t believe in throwing the ball 50 to 60 times a game, but I believe in an up-tempo offense that’s explosive in the passing game.”

    Allen committed to Carson Palmer as his starting quarterback, and said he’d take advantage of Palmer’s ability to throw the deep ball with the weapons the Raiders have at receiver. But if the Raiders aren’t healthier, and smarter, than last year, those weapons won’t mean anything.

    One of Allen’s first jobs will be to get to the bottom of why their skill players have been so injury-prone. Darren McFadden’s career is in danger of being a washout. He’s missed 12 games with injuries in the past two years, and he’s never made it through a season healthy in four years. Same thing with the wideouts. With prior deals robbing the Raiders of so many draft picks, it’s essential the players they do have can stay on the field.

  • realtruraider

    KK, are you a raiders fan? Do you like the idea of Knapp coming back? C’MON MAN, I see fans of other teams btch about who there coach brings in as OC and DC all the time. He’s talking down to us Raider fans like were stupid.