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

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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  • RaidO

    LA To TheBay Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    653.Dakota Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    I hope they interview some people before they settle on Saunders.

    Mark didn’t interview anyone before he hired Reggie, and then Reggie didn’t interview anyone to my knowledge before he hired Dennis Allen.

    Interviews are important people! Shows you that some people might be more competent than the first guy who walks through the door! Fawq!

    ———-

    Several.

    Marty Mornewhig (sp)
    Winston Moss
    the former NO OC

    Think one or two others.
    ———————–

    ??

    Marty Mornhinweg has been the OC for the Eagles for years. Not special teams. Reggie did interview him for HC. I think it was between Allen and Mornhinweg for the Raider HC. Of course Allen was chosen. Good possibility Mornhinweg emerges as a top candidate for Raiders OC (Reggie’s guy) but Mornhinweg may follow Andy Reid where he goes.

  • oakfshow

    663.rudegruden Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    What bothers me about the firing of Knapp and Hoffman is, why didn’t Reggie see this before he hired these guys. The majority of us (except Reggie’s blind followers) knew our offense and special teams did not need a major change and knew Knapp an Hoffman were a disaster waiting to happen. How did Reggie miss this. I would like to see him explain his logic.

    ===================================================== Because he is a fkn retard with no practicle experiance.Power hungry and just plain out of his league and over his head. Said it day 1.Sacrificeing the season was a giant mistake.I’ll never look at Madden the same again.Only reason he got the job,plus him and his brother were seperated at birth at the bottom lip.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Somebody slap me. Knapp was fired first day after?

  • LA to TheBay

    687.MarcusAllen Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    Why linebackers coach Johnny Holland ?

    Nothing to work with … Seems like he is the scapegoat for D.

    Seriously why? Knapp etc sure but not seeing cause here. Maybe he was tight with McLame…

    —–

    Or couldn’t coach him up?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Bush, didnt you spend all season trying to tell me that the offense was ‘DUMBED DOWN” FOR KAPPY WILSON AND RGiii?

    NOW your saying we saw ‘basically a pro offense”?!?a/

    Fact…I TOLD YOU THEY WERE PRO OFFENSES AUGMENTED WITH OPTION CONCEPTS!!!

    this dude has no idea what he is talking about

    next time i tell yuo write it down and study before opening your mouth and exposing the fact that you dont know

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    There is the problem right there. Coaches don’t have time to develop players any more. That went out 10 years ago. Guys have to come into the league ready to play. Look at Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton. Matt Ryan. These guys came in ready to play. Luke Keuchly, Alton Smith. Guys come in ready to play. The problem with Al Davis is Davis would hand his coaching staffs TONS of projects: DHB, Jamarcus, Ausberry, Richard Gordon, Veldheer, Pryor, the list goes on and on. And very few of those guys ever develop and they hold the entire team back.

    —————————-

    Not a problem at all. Coaches always look for a guy to develope first u got to be worth “developing” Im not comparing buy plenty of guys have been developed like Brady who was a sixth and had horrible mechanics and Aaaron rodgers. That aaron rodgers was developed by Tom Clements and the Miami Dolphin Joe Philbin HC.

    Norv turner said he liked what he saw in pryor and just needs to develope more. Said keep grinding to him. So ya ur statement is false. I understand u not wanting him to succeed tho. thats on u. next

  • LA to TheBay

    RaidO,

    (sp) = spelling?

  • theghostronin79

    RaiderDogg Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Pryor would excel in Chip Kelly’s offense

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

    Probably since Kelly was recruiting him and Pryor visited Eugene before signing with Ohio State.

  • realtruraider

    Pryor always played well vs bad teams. GMs saw past that and didn’t touch him through 3 rounds.

    —————————————————-

    They also didn’t touch Brady through 6 rounds :)

    and no Im not comparin the two Im just sayin ;)

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Zymurgy,

    Allen disagrees with your assessment of Pryor. Look at the presser.

  • rudegruden

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Everyone here is talking about PRYOR as a finish product. He is not even close to being fully grown.

    Let a coach develope him and watch out.
    ==============================================

    There is the problem right there. Coaches don’t have time to develop players any more. That went out 10 years ago. Guys have to come into the league ready to play. Look at Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton. Matt Ryan. These guys came in ready to play. Luke Keuchly, Alton Smith. Guys come in ready to play. The problem with Al Davis is Davis would hand his coaching staffs TONS of projects: DHB, Jamarcus, Ausberry, Richard Gordon, Veldheer, Pryor, the list goes on and on. And very few of those guys ever develop and they hold the entire team back.

    ——————————
    Agreed, and people who are saying that we need to develop Pryor as a our franchise qb are the same people saying we don’t have enough talent. At some point we need players who can play now. How long do we wait. For those who think it takes years to change a team is clueless. This isn’t baseball.

    That was Al’s biggest downfalls. He picked a bunch of kids who had raw talent who needed to be coached for years to become functional, but he didn’t value the coach the way he needed to so we kept getting reject coaches who couldn’t coach our raw talented players.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bush, didnt you spend all season trying to tell me that the offense was ‘DUMBED DOWN” FOR KAPPY WILSON AND RGiii?

    NOW your saying we saw ‘basically a pro offense”?!?a/

    Fact…I TOLD YOU THEY WERE PRO OFFENSES AUGMENTED WITH OPTION CONCEPTS!!!

    this dude has no idea what he is talking about

    next time i tell yuo write it down and study before opening your mouth and exposing the fact that you dont know

    —————————–

    lol all these clowns are flip flopping. They butt buddy Knapp was fired and Pryor had a good showing all the media guys and paper even said he is worth devloping more. It makes them mad.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Somebody please slap me. Knapp was fired the first day after?

  • alex7

    LA

    Pryor had 56% in the Sugar Bowl (vs Arkansas, bad D), 5th-lowest of the year.

    But he did run for 100+ yards that night and was heralded for those efforts.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    If I remember Reggie interviewed DA, Winston Moss, Pete Carmichael and Marty Mohrninweg and offered an interview to Mike McCoy but McCoy declined because he thought he was getting the Dolphins job.

    Damn shame too, I think McCoy will be a good HC. What he did shifting his offense from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning is quite a coaching job.

  • Priesttj12

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    I think it wise for the raiders to send soem feelers out to coaches and if they get a coupe of hits from the guys out there than fire allen
    ********************************
    Mistic1 I think it’s a done deal…they started floating feelers by midseason.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Well…..’bout time.

  • alex7

    RaidersAllDay

    the semis here don’t pay attention to what the media says/thinks.

    They rarely study as much as some of us do.

    Pryor’s outing was a continuation of inaccuracy. 45% is TERRIBLE.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Somebody please slap me. Knapp was fired the first day after?
    Us idiot fans were right? Slap me.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    ok im out

    pryor has exposed the head coach

    the media

    and the blog tards as know nothing idiot loudmouths!!

    THANK GOD WE ACTUALLY HAVE A QB THAT WE CAN BUILD AROUND FOR AN EXCITING FUTURE AND WINS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE!!

    TP6

    im out

    Glad i was able to teach some of you about what the new football paradigm is about

    peace

  • dr_robert

    leave it to raiders fans to actually WANT to dump a 4k/22 td passer for a 150 yard/72 rating runner who throws rainbow ducks, cuz they “see hope” in the 3 td’s. let’s see. did palmer produce 3 td’s this year? yes, i think he did. and he did while actually looking like a qb.

    missdick and priest have always pretended they really knew football. but seeing pryor pass the ball and coming on here today talking about how great he looked proves once and for all that they don’t care one bit about actual football or the raiders. it’s ONLY about hoping like heck that they will a black qb into the lineup.

    so, now they trun their attention to firing allen, knowing full well that wo’t happen, so they can petend all next year that he’s the reason why the wonder boy who throws rainbow ducks is not in the game.

    but i have news for u idiots. nobody wants pryor as their qb. not a single coach in the world.

    delusional, racist, mentally ill morons.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    What we saw yesterday with Seattle, Washington and the Whiners is basically the pro offense. Some read option ….

    you still dont know what you are looking at do you?

    Also you are speaking as if you have watched them all year and you have not?

    seattle ran more zone read yetserday than they have almost all year and wilson scored a td to win on that play. So di rgiII score on it yesterday.

    It sint the zone read play per se, it is also the formation and play design, pistol shotgun spread.

    It isnt just zone read, but also triple option in washington.

    We saw it on the first play of the game with pryor the ghost reverse motion behind him and dmac up the gut!!

    get a clue, they havnt stopped anything they havnt caught up to anything.

    THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE OWNS YOU!!!
    ===========================================

    This was a dumb post but I will give you a mulligan. Again, what I said was “yesterday”, I did not say anything about “all year”. And then you agreed with me. But you ignore the point I have been making and that is the zone read, triple option has basically been incorporated THIS YEAR. Defensive coaches do not have the time during the week to come up with a new defense to counter this during the season.

    We saw that last year with Teblows. Teblows came in running not a college offense but a high school offense. I wrote that here on Jerry’s blog. DC’s are not used to defending high school offenses. But teams will eventually catch up. Same thing with the read option. This offseason coaches have seminars and meetings with other coaches all around the country. This is what they do in the offseasons. And they will devise plans to stop that offense.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Does anyone know how good Rich Gannon was when he was 23 yrs old??

  • R8ER MIKE

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    Somebody slap me. Knapp was fired first day after?

    *********************
    LOL… I would but sh1t splatters !!!

  • LA to TheBay

    He also had some big time pass plays.

    Tressell went conservative (as he was apt to do) in 2nd half and ran the ball a bit much and let Arkansas back in the game.

    I’m a big Ohio St. fan, so I watched all of Pryor’s games live.

    He has a ways to go but you have to watch the way they played offense to really understand.

    He did improve each year at Ohio St. though, as a passer and a decision maker in general. Why I have high hopes for him and confident that Al’s investment will pay off in time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    alex7 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    RR

    Facts, baby.

    49er D-rank:

    2006 – 32nd
    2007 – 20th
    2008 – 23rd
    2010 – 16th

    Then Harbaugh and Fangio show up.

    =====

    I don’t think their defense got any better between 2010 and 2011. I also think it has regressed a bit in 2012, as people figured out how to handle it. You just need a strong running back to counter their under-sized speed players at the LB level. Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson and Marshawn Lynch all gave them fits and lead to wins.

    What did change under Harbaugh was that their offense went from 90% 3 and outs to being able to move the chains and even accidentally put up points every now and then. The offense was also designed to be very conservative around reducing turnovers.

    That took a lot of pressure off the defense, reduced their time on the field, and also had them playing pass only defense in most of their 4th quarters, which plays to a defenses strength.

    Same level of play from 2010 plus a better defense equals a higher defense rating. Football is a game of synergy where all three units contribute to make the others look better or worse. You can’t look at any unit in pure isolation and get a full read on it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    What bothers me about the firing of Knapp and Hoffman is, why didn’t Reggie see this before he hired these guys. The majority of us (except Reggie’s blind followers) knew our offense and special teams did not need a major change and knew Knapp an Hoffman were a disaster waiting to happen. How did Reggie miss this. I would like to see him explain his logic.

    ***

    Reggie hired Dennis.

    Dennis hired the coordinators and assts

    I don’t think Reggie will let that happen again. Reggie will have input and the final say. He will not let Dennis pick whoever he wants unless Reggie agrees it’s the right guy for the job.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    eave it to raiders fans to actually WANT to dump a 4k/22 td passer for a 150 yard/72 rating runner who throws rainbow ducks, cuz they “see hope” in the 3 td’s. let’s see. did palmer produce 3 td’s this year? yes, i think he did. and he did while actually looking like a qb.

    missdick and priest have always pretended they really knew football. but seeing pryor pass the ball and coming on here today talking about how great he looked proves once and for all that they don’t care one bit about actual football or the raiders. it’s ONLY about hoping like heck that they will a black qb into the lineup.

    so, now they trun their attention to firing allen, knowing full well that wo’t happen, so they can petend all next year that he’s the reason why the wonder boy who throws rainbow ducks is not in the game.

    but i have news for u idiots. nobody wants pryor as their qb. not a single coach in the world.

    delusional, racist, mentally ill morons.

    ——————————

    who wants that? everyone wants Palmer back just not at that price. Its a valid statment being floated by guys like adam schefter and nfl insiders.

    I want palmer back.. and Dennis Allen said Pryor should have at least been used in the RZ. Dont matter what we want tho

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Did Pryor get Knapp fired? Somebody slap me.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Somebody please slap me. Knapp was fired the first day after?
    _____________

    Slap!!!

    Its a new day with a professional org

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    ok im out

    pryor has exposed the head coach

    the media

    and the blog tards as know nothing idiot loudmouths!!
    ===========================================

    Uh, no. Pryor exposed himself. That player is not worth developing. Unless it is as a WR. Sorry.

  • Dakota

    695.RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    Reggie didn’t interview anyone to my knowledge before he hired Dennis Allen

    ***

    Dakota,

    yes he did. there were at least 5 other guys interviewed

    DA was the only guy to get a 2nd interview!

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

    Really? That is almost scarier! Reggie interviewed five other people and really thought Dennis Allen was the right guy for the job?

    We are in serious trouble!

  • Priesttj12

    theghostronin79 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    RaiderDogg Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:32 pm
    Pryor would excel in Chip Kelly’s offense

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

    Probably since Kelly was recruiting him and Pryor visited Eugene before signing with Ohio State.
    *************************************
    Pryor beat him in his soph year in the Rose Bowl…

  • Raider E

    Here is a fun fact for you all:

    7 of the top 10 QB’s in the league ranked by salary cap hit are watching the playoffs at home this season.

    Bradford, Rivers, Vick, Brees, Stafford, Cutler, and Roethlisberger.

    Go Figure?

  • oakfshow

    Argueing over Pryor is pointless.He will not be starting the season at qb.It will be Palmer,but it will be an interesting preseason.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Paul Gutierrez‏@PGutierrezCSN

    “I believe in continuity…but I also know at some point we’re looking for results, and this is a win-now business.” – #Raiders #DennisAllen

    —————————-

    Thats funny I bet Mark Davis is saying the same thing right about now

  • rudegruden

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Does anyone know how good Rich Gannon was when he was 23 yrs old??

    ——————————

    We should keep pryor as a backup and not a starter. He is NOT a starter or even close to one at this point. I believe most people agree to that, but a lot of people just don’t want to see another season(s) wasted by testing the water with a guy who obviously still needs a lot of more work.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If I remember Reggie interviewed DA, Winston Moss, Pete Carmichael and Marty Mohrninweg and offered an interview to Mike McCoy but McCoy declined because he thought he was getting the Dolphins job.

    ***

    PA,

    one more guy, the first guy. Todd Bowles

  • RaidO

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Does anyone know how good Rich Gannon was when he was 23 yrs old??
    ——————–

    Dr Robert and ALex are just on here trolling. TP could of had the best QB game in NFL history. They would still be on here hating.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Somebody please slap me. Knapp was fired the first day after?
    _____________

    Slap!!!

    Its a new day with a professional org
    ——————
    Thank you, cause I’m going out of my mind. They fired that mfkr?

  • zopi

    The Raiders are still in financial duress, and I’m not speaking of salary-cap glut, in fact Marky said that was not an issue. What the real issue is the Raiders overall finance wealth is very poor considering the stadium situation. The Raiders were able to sell out most of the games through help from the league and local car dealers, etc.
    Getting top notch assistants and coordinators will cost more than Junior makes, so look for either bargain basement retread deals (aka Krappy) or some kind of up and coming guru that would come under budget.

    The ZarMac must cut the high-salaried lead weights. I know the Raiders are strapped and stuck with Carcux, but if they could find an idiot who would trade for him, don’t hesitate. I doubt there would be any takers, but whatever he can get in return, get it done. Besides, Carcux would probably enjoy going to a team in desperate need of an “elite” qb ready for a championship run.

    It’s really an insult to Pryor to judge him over one start. He was humble and forthright to come out after the game and talk about his weakness and short-comings, how his “wrist froze” out of the tension of being out there for the first time in his life. He didn’t mention playing under a playbook of the OC who gets fired the next day, and playing for a coach who only a week before had said he wasn’t ready. Sure Pryor was throwing floaters, and so was Rivers.

    However, Carcux might throw darts, and have the golden arm, but look at his completion percentage beyond 20 yards. Besides, with Pryor the Raiders have more than a one-dimensional than Carcux, at a great $10 million savings.

    With Carcux, the bottom line is winning, so it has been repeated by Junior 100 times today. Carcux in his last 3 seasons his team are something like 12-30. I know it’s not justice to pin wins and losses on qbs, but that’s reality. Give floaters that win games and I’ll give darts that give you losses.

  • rudegruden

    RaidO Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    Does anyone know how good Rich Gannon was when he was 23 yrs old??
    ——————–

    Dr Robert and ALex are just on here trolling. TP could of had the best QB game in NFL history. They would still be on here hating.

    —————
    But pryor didn’t. He looked like well…..a backup qb.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Anybody who thinks Pryor is not a pro QB is going counter to all the expert analysis around the league.

    I love these blog geniuses

  • r8eray

    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Did Pryor get Knapp fired? Somebody slap me.

    =========

    You aint gotta tell me twice!!

    ;)

  • The_Judge37

    Ahh DA just said continuity. I’ve grown to hate that word over the course of this year.

    “I believe in continuity, but… We’ve got to put in a new offense and special teams” – Dennis Allen

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    We should keep pryor as a backup and not a starter. He is NOT a starter or even close to one at this point. I believe most people agree to that, but a lot of people just don’t want to see another season(s) wasted by testing the water with a guy who obviously still needs a lot of more work.

    ————————-

    Hate to break it to ya.. Raiders will finish no better then 6-10 no matter who is at qb next year. Still at least 2 years away to even competing

  • RaiderRockstar

    Really? That is almost scarier! Reggie interviewed five other people and really thought Dennis Allen was the right guy for the job?

    We are in serious trouble!

    ***

    Dakota,

    maybe Dennis Allen is a smooth talker, like Hue Jackson?

    Mark Davis sat next to him on the plane ride home after a blowout loss to tell him the Raiders “aren’t good enough” and walked away impressed with Allen’s passion, intensity and knowledge of the game, lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    alex7 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    RaidersAllDay

    the semis here don’t pay attention to what the media says/thinks.

    They rarely study as much as some of us do.

    Pryor’s outing was a continuation of inaccuracy. 45% is TERRIBLE.
    ==========================================

    And that is 45% counting Streator and DHB making some pretty good plays, and an opposing defense that had already checked out and was on their way to Cabo. Put Pryor against a hungry defense that prepped for him and we all would be HAPPY with him completing 45% of his passes. Of course the team would not win with that kind of performance.

  • realtruraider

    Certain posters don’t like Pryor for one reason, he was Als last draft choice, so MR/Alex will never like him regardless how much he improves, MR/Alex has ben hating on Pryor since the day we drafted him and he will never change his stance PERIOD

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    But pryor didn’t. He looked like well…..a backup qb.

    ————————–

    just like rich was. Only Pryor had not started in 2 1/2 years and only have half reps in a week of practice.

    Still scored 3 tds including leading the offense on its first scoring drive in 3 weeks. Not bad for a “backup” qb