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Breaking news: Raiders fire off. coord. Knapp, three other coaches

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 11:17 am in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders on Monday fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in response to a drastic drop in production.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed the news.
The Raiders also fired offensive line coach Frank Pollack, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman and linebackers coach Johnny Holland, the team announced.
“Decisions like this are very difficult,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said in a press release. “I have a great deal of respect for all of these men and I appreciate their contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season.”
Allen will speak with the media in the next several minutes. More on that later.
In particular, running back Darren McFadden’s yards per carry dropped from 5.4 in 2011 to 3.3 this season. He averaged 5.2 in 2010, as well.
There was a slight increase in passing yardage this season, with the Raiders jumping from 11th in 2011 under Hue Jackson to eighth this season. The passer rating of the quarterbacks also surged from 79.4 to 82.4.
Beyond that, the Raiders endured noticeable drop-offs in yards per game, points per game, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns.
The Raiders dipped from seventh in the league in rushing in 2011 to 28th this season, with a drop of more than 43 yards per game. They also tied for the fewest rushing touchdowns (4) after tying for seventh with 16 in 2011.
Allen hired Knapp and Pollack with the understanding that the Raiders would switch to the zone-blocking scheme favored by Knapp and Pollack.
McFadden and the offensive line struggled in the new scheme, though Allen and Knapp remained steadfast in their support of the change.
Knapp pleaded patience, saying it takes time for the scheme to take hold. McFadden looked nothing like the player that flourished in Jackson’s scheme, and his frustration surfaced toward the end of the season.

Here is a comparison of how the Raiders offense fared in 2011 and 2012:

Yards per game
2012: 18th at 344
2011: 9th at 379.5

Points per game
2012: 26th at 18.1
2011: 16th at 22.4

Passing yards per game
2012: 8th at 255.2
2011: 11th at 247.6

Passer rating
2012: 18th at 82.4
2011: 17th at 79.4

Rushing yards per game
2012: 28th at 88.8
2011: 7th at 131.9

Rushing touchdowns
2012: Tied for 31st with four
2011: Tied for seventh with 16

Rushing yards per carry
2012: Tied for 23rd at 3.8
2011: Tied for 7th at 4.5

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  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    So, the Raiders fired Denise’s whole coaching staff?

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    I have no idea who “Denise” is.

    If you’re referring to DENNIS, he fired his OC, o-line coach, special teams coach and linebackers coach. Hardly the “whole coaching staff.”

  • eastoaklandraider

    YEEEEESSSSSSSS. Now we can keep DMC

  • Marks hair

    Knapps out like i said since day 1… have fun eating that crow

  • http://chasmalloy.com NSRaider

    Repost

    Born with a Patch Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Knapp should be canned by the end of the day. Tarver didn’t do a great job but had alot of practice squad talent to work with. I say we replace Knapp with Tressel! Give Pryor some comfort in the Tressel type system and let him grow. He has the tools, he needs the backing. Everybody can agree that Palmer is not a long term solution, he was a reach to save last season. If we hadn’t spent so much on getting him, he’d prob be gone already. What you guys think? Rid Knapp, Keep Tarver and get him some NFL caliber players and hire Tressel

    We all knew he’d be out today. Who do we bring in? No way Norv would come back and i wouldn’t want him back either. I’ll pass on Reid, he likes the WCO and couldn’t do anything with Vick. Whisenhunt might get another HC position.

    Sounds like a plan, Kipers top 2 are Jones and Teo draft the ND star at all costs, pick up Jacobs cheap as a replacement for MBush Pyror has Randall Cunningham written all over that last draft pick of Al Davis given the success of RG3 & DangeRuss the old man may have been prescient Anyhow HNY RN easy come easy go

  • 2romes

    Lo Neal is a straight talker and he stated DA needed to find himself as the HC of the Raiders. I see do not see his worth to the Raiders unless he has a different approach on how he evaluates a team. People that say Pryor is not worth any valve now have to explain why Dennis Allen how thinks differently about Pryor’s ability. Now, Allen says he is not mindset to any one particular offense. Well good because he wasted a season to figure that out. Eventually he may learn something but I think he is a little slow. Instead of admitting he should have keep the offense that had success he stated he did not want to look back at what he done to destroy it. That is not addressing the problem head on. I get the feeling from the presser everyone made mistake except for Reggie and Dennis Allen. Yes lets move on from every mistake me and Reggie made and can everyone else.

  • RaiderSam

    2romes Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    Lo Neal is a straight talker and he stated DA needed to find himself as the HC of the Raiders. I see do not see his worth to the Raiders unless he has a different approach on how he evaluates a team. People that say Pryor is not worth any valve now have to explain why Dennis Allen how thinks differently about Pryor’s ability. Now, Allen says he is not mindset to any one particular offense. Well good because he wasted a season to figure that out. Eventually he may learn something but I think he is a little slow. Instead of admitting he should have keep the offense that had success he stated he did not want to look back at what he done to destroy it. That is not addressing the problem head on. I get the feeling from the presser everyone made mistake except for Reggie and Dennis Allen. Yes lets move on from every mistake me and Reggie made and can everyone else.

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

    Theyre under contract, and they are staying. Lets deal with the OC question and move on please.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderDuck Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    So, the Raiders fired Denise’s whole coaching staff?

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

    I have no idea who “Denise” is.

    If you’re referring to DENNIS, he fired his OC, o-line coach, special teams coach and linebackers coach. Hardly the “whole coaching staff.”

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

    I mean DO PEOPLE READ THE FREAKING ARTICLE? Its in Inside Bay Area.

  • RaiderSam

    “Pryor prove himself? I really liked what I saw from Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. He showed leadership, poise and heart.

    He is not a finished product, but I think there is something Oakland can work with. There are a lot of young, dynamic quarterbacks in this league. I think Oakland had to make developing Pryor quickly a priority. Carson Palmer is 33, expensive, and not improving.

    If Pryor makes big strides in the offseason, I don’t think it would be a terrible idea for Oakland to consider handing him the starting job. This team will be still rebuilding for the next couple of years. Might as well give the kid a chance.”

    Bill Williamson

  • stablersbeard

    “than please explain how rgIII kappy and wilson are in the playoffs with these offenses?”

    +++++++++++++++

    They’re all NFL caliber quarterbacks.
    Let’s watch and see how the college stuff plays long term. That was my point.

    I was talking about a college offense for a COLLEGE caliber quarterback and the prospect of success with it LONG TERM.

  • tuckrulefool

    You know what…

    Its clear DA is on notice…RM too…they now have NO excuses. KRAPP is gone..they have all ofseason to get THEIR man (that better ft our personnel this time). No 2nd 3rd and 4th choices.

    I wanted the CLOWNE COACHE CADRE gone…but I do think our D has shored up. Ganted we started from dumpster fire status but Tarver should be given another year. If you dump DA Tarver goes too.

    I was worried KRAPP and OL and ST coaches would remain.

    I am reluctantly willing to give D0A 1 more year…RM too…

    This is it though. No ’5 yr’ BS plan/built in excuse. I also think we need to move away from expeNsive old stop gaps (read: definitely palmer/seymour, probably kelly and maybe huff). This helps our cap and draft options enourmously

    I want to see this guy also become more adaptive and less pigheaded. he was as flexible as a stalagtite this past year.

    OC OL and ST choices should be ‘okayed’ by RM as well.

    NO MORE FREE REIGN/PASSES.

    Not for THIS guy anyway.

    anything less than 8-8 = INSTAFIRE

    2013—> NO EXCUSES…

    One big PS: Gruden truly available? ELIMINATE ALL TEXT ABOVE…GOOD BYE DA HELLO CHUCKSTER!

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  • silverbones

    Way to go DA! It’s about time! Hey D.A., if Hue Jackson’s ego does not get in the way, why don’t you bring him back? He was a great offensive coordinator.

  • RaiderSam

    “(Jerry Angelo) made a number of poor moves and trades until his eventual dismissal by Dan Snyder in 1999″

    “first round draft of offensive tackle Chris Williams from Vanderbilt was mired in controversy as Angelo and team doctors knew Williams had a herniated disc before drafting him. It turned out to be a complete wasted pick”

    “Somewhere along the way, Al Davis went completely insane, hired and fired coaches over and over again”

    1. poor moves and trades
    2. wasted draft picks
    3. firing and hiring coaches over and over again

    see the themes here?

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    I have nothing against Greg Knapp as a person, but I am surely glad that he is gone! But we surely, need to address the situation about Peyton Manning. What in the world will we do about Peyton Manning? I don’t have a clue.

  • davidivad

    Reggie and DA should not have gone fully away from Davis’ vision, should have embraced it, for that alone they should be fired. Plus they gave away so much potential in the preseason in exchange for 3rd tier players . . . The patchwork, leftovers in the secondary was tragic.

  • weaselbit

    I see people suggesting we should bring Norv back.

    Are you out of your freaking minds?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Norv dstroy SD from within for years. Sad to see him go. SD might get good again.

    It was like watching Newt run for pres.

    And some boneheads think we ought to hire him? Hey let’s go get Art Shell too.

  • Corporate_Raider

    Mercury News: The way this blog is set up isn’t very good. The comments run in a huge line and if I wish to reply to comment #1 my reply is down here at 917. It makes no sense. Also, why is it when I go to a Raider’s article I cannot comment below but if go to any other article the comments option is below? It’s aggravating and makes me not want to use your site. If I click on an article the text should come up quickly and by itself. I shouldn’t have to wait for the entire page to reload, including all the ads and other baloney no one cares about. The design of your on-line paper is very bad and clunky. If you want to compete make the damn thing easy to use. Right now it isn’t. It could be so much better than it currently is. I don’t mean for this to sound angry or condescending but I’m frustrated by the design and interface of your site. As I said, it’s not very good.

  • Corporate_Raider

    I think the coaching situation with the Raiders is the same as their situation with their players. They don’t have a lot of money at the moment to get the guys they really wanted. I think they went with what they could afford.

    The defense started to improve once they got rid of that huge hole right in the middle. That huge hole named Rolando McClain. Am I the only one who noticed once he was out of the middle things started to get better?

    Something I found interesting was this: Why, in the zone blocking scheme were all the other backs able to gain yardage but McFadden wasn’t? I don’t think McFadden is that good. He’s a race-horse, a thorough bred and if you can get him into the open field he can use his speed but how often can you get a back into the open field? I much prefer Reese to McFadden. Reese gained yardage every time he was in there, zone blocking or no zone blocking. Reese can also catch the ball, play wide out, he can even tackle. The biggest thing? He doesn’t get hurt every other play.

    It’s time for Seymour to be gone. Houston is their best defensive linemen. Tommy Kelly is OK but for his size he doesn’t do much except get stupid penalties and jump off-side. I’d keep him and put him over center on field goals and extra points because he’s so tall.

    Wheeler, Burris, and the new guy in the middle make for a pretty good, active set of line backers. They want to play and like to play as opposed to someone like McClain.

    Ford will be back next year, Streater is there, Hagan, and Moore. I like this group. DHB is on the bubble in my book.

    The D-back were hurt all year. I think next year they’ll be better. The second tier guys started to gel at the end so that can only help the overall depth of this team come next season.

    Jano is still there but Lechler might be gone because of money. Sad but punters are not that hard to get and if with Shane’s pay they can get a punter and another guy, that is best for the team.

    I like the O-line. I think they did a pretty good job considering Palmer had to throw so much because McD couldn’t do much and the D had trouble stopping people. I’m not sure how I would go in the draft but I do like Reggie’s philosophy to go with quality guys who love the game, think team first, and just want to get better. Allen’s long term approach is also good. This is a process. It’s one step at a time, brick by brick.

    Over the course of the season I saw progress, then plateau, then more progress towards the end. Early on the mistakes of one week were not repeated the next. There was some digression weeks 6 and 7 but I think Allen was getting the most out of his players considering all the injuries. There were much fewer penalties and even though they were losing they were getting better. So there was overall improvement early on, a slight regression, plateau, and then more progress on the defensive side of the ball late in the season.

    Thank you Raiders. I enjoyed watching the process. Keep your heads up. Keep striving. Keep going forward. It will be a lot of work but bit by bit things will come together and then suddenly, the Raiders will once again be a team to be reckoned with. Go Raiders. Just win baby. Pride and poise. Play smart. Play hard. Be the bigger man. Dominate. Have heart. No give. No quit. 60 minutes. Till the whistle. Clean, hard, strong, smart football.

    Oakland Raiders. Silver and black. There is nothing better.