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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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  • The_Judge37

    r8eray Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Did Pryor get Knapp fired? Somebody slap me.

    =========

    You aint gotta tell me twice!!
    ———

    It’s like the movie Airplane. “Dr. You’re needed up front, i got this”

  • theghostronin79

    Pryor would excel in Chip Kelly’s offense

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    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…

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    I Know…..It was a tough one to swallow, considering Pryor ALMOST signed with Oregon. I was pissed when I read he committed to Ohio State, then bent us over in the Rose Bowl. I knew he was special then, cause he played a HELL of a game, and we couldn’t stop him. I was happy as hell the Raiders drafted him though.

  • Dakota

    725.LA to TheBay Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    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.

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

    Hey, he improves each year! Most rookie QBs come in and ball out their first year….but hey lets wait for this guy because he improves each year! maybe in 6 or 7 years he will look like a starter!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dennis Allen would have kept Knapp. he also would have started Leinart in WK17

    it’s obvious Reggie isn’t just sitting on his hands waiting for something to change on it’s own anymore

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

    Ever been in a Turkish prison?

  • Priesttj12

    Pryor definitely got Knapp fired, actually Knapp was DA’s scapegoat DA is very good at making others responsible for his blunders. Knapp is incompetent DA is duplicitous moron.

    Reggie if you have a brain in the large cranium you better protect yourself from this moron you hired. Get a great OC and some great coaches DO NOT allow DA to hire a single coach keep him away from the interview process. Get some great coaches in here and save your own job until you can get rid of him.

  • The_Judge37

    I like that they decided to keep Hue’s “Next man up” philosiphy. I miss the term “Iron Sharpening Iron” though

  • realtruraider

    And thats 45% with more than a handful of drops that were right on the money, not sure if it was the rain or what but Reece couldn’t catch nothin

  • The_Judge37

    755. Ha!

  • oakfshow

    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?

    ================================================= If I did I would use my fist and knock your damn head right off your fkn shoulders.Carefull what you ask for.

  • VanHeathen30

    Knapp OUT,
    DA got his wings clipped and is toting the company Line…
    TP showed he’s got talent worth developing.
    A great 1st day of the 2013 season…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    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.

    ———————–

    U know for a face they checked out? Did takeo spikes and his roid rage look like he checked “out”?

    Did Eric weddle look like he “checked” out when he tore Streater a new one in the 4th quarter??

    Did melvin ingram look like he “checked” out when he tore Coye Francies a new one on ST during the 4th quarter??

    Did Ingram look like he “checked” out when he was chasing Pryor down like a Madman??? Nope .. stop u sound fooling dude. Go back to ur cheeto lunch

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

    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.

    =====

    Well put Seymour. Two years from now we’ll be talking about the read option “era” in the same breath as the Wild Cat. A short lived wrinkle that was fun but too easy for the league to figure out. Like the Wild Cat, it’s just too simple to shut down with a little bit of attention spent adjusting the defenses. Seattle already proved this and now that there is tape on that, everyone will watch and copy.

    Once a majority of teams that a read option team faces have adjusted, the franchise QBs running are going to have mileage put on their bodies at three times the rate. The defensive fix will involve maximizing hits on the QB, whether he keeps the ball or not. As most of these guys don’t have Newton size, that will not bode well for their longetivity.

    The only reason we’re seeing the influx of run oriented QBs now is because the college game is struggling to produce pure pocket passers. The true franchise QBs of the Rodgers, Manning, Brees ranks are becoming rarer and rarer forcing the NFL teams to gamble on gimmicks. When teams get one, they need to hold to them for dear life.

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

    Did you like watching Gladiator films?

  • Raider17

    Now we know why Wiz quit! He wanted no part of this mess! This makes me think he knows what he’s doing. Wouldn’t mind if he came back!
    I vote for Saunders as OC!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    If anyone checked out it looked like reece did.. and DMOORE has been checked out since week 8

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Did Mark fire that mfkr with extreme prejudice?

  • Priesttj12

    Dakota, he looked better than the starter did. If you consider scoring in the redzone and 3rd down efficiency which is the most important components to a successful drive.

  • rudegruden

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    But pryor didn’t. He looked like well…..a backup qb.

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    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

    ——————

    Did you watch the game or just hanging your hat on 3 TD’s. He did not look like a guy who can start in this league. He’s 2 years at best (with great coaching, total mechanic changes etc..) at becoming a mediocre qb. I like the guy, but come on…did you really think, “thats the guy for our future?”. Guys like RG3, Luck, Dalton, Wilson etc..put him to shame. Thats what we compare him to since they are functioning at a young age with no experience. Pryor is not at that level.

  • Priesttj12

    Successful offense…rather

  • RaiderRockstar

    since we’re in the process of purging the Texan’s rejects, can we get rid of Leinart & Briesel too please !?!?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Scrambling Qb’s have always been here.. Rothlesberger, Aaron rodgers, steve young, nothing new. Gives Defenses fits

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lmao……..,ahahahahaha!

    where you at zbs lovers, come out come out all you knapsack lovers….

    DA will be gone after 4 games next year.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Zymurge, you’re an idiot and your comments prove it. ;-)

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WHERE ARE THE CLOTHING CONSPIRACY PEOPLE ?NO LOGO ON DA’S SWEATER AT THE PRESSER..

  • Dakota

    755.neilb Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    Ever been in a Turkish prison?

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

    What’s your vector Victor?

  • theghostronin79

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    If anyone checked out it looked like reece did.. and DMOORE has been checked out since week 8

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

    Yup, YUP

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Did you watch the game or just hanging your hat on 3 TD’s. He did not look like a guy who can start in this league. He’s 2 years at best (with great coaching, total mechanic changes etc..) at becoming a mediocre qb. I like the guy, but come on…did you really think, “thats the guy for our future?”. Guys like RG3, Luck, Dalton, Wilson etc..put him to shame. Thats what we compare him to since they are functioning at a young age with no experience. Pryor is not at that level.

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    look everyone Rude Gruden says he is 2 yrs at best from being a mediocre qb. Good thing Pryor doesnt have ur work ethic. Those qbs have been playing and never took a break or been suspended. Those qbs get the first team reps since OTA’s. Next

  • Aphid

    I really have a problem with DA because of his credibility. His flip-flopped on Pryor was more like a politician and I don’t trust a politician.

    If he was my platoon leader whom I don’t trust, would I follow him into combat? Or would he become a casualty of a unfriendly friendly fire?

    To keep a coach for on for sake of continuity is senseless. Example: NASCAR

    Running a Geo-Metro powered engine when all others are using Ford or Chevy just for continuity is just great. By the time you finish your 10th lap, the race is over. But the driver and the pit crew gets accustomed to it. Then 2 years later switch engine and start over. By then the driver is afraid of going over 60 mph. Get the drift.

    DA is a drill sargent not a leader. But it’s only my opinion.

  • Dakota

    768.Priesttj12 Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    Dakota, he looked better than the starter did. If you consider scoring in the redzone and 3rd down efficiency which is the most important components to a successful drive.

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

    Garbage time TDs.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    Scrambling Qb’s have always been here.. Rothlesberger, Aaron rodgers, steve young, nothing new. Gives Defenses fits

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    You mean scrambling QBs that can throw …

  • The_Judge37

    Al Saunders had to step in to help Pryor for his start.

    He told Knapp, “Don’t worry, i speak Jive”

  • VanHeathen30

    Seemsw like we rolled out carson early in a game or two to get the defenses thinking and the went back to straight drop back passing…
    With this O Line in flux, CP is lucky he lasted 16 weeks before getting hurt.
    TP HAS to be the answer going forward, if nothing else his elusiveness will keep the ball moving and the D off the field so damn much…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    mark pimp slapped reggie and DA as they were hugging….

  • oakfshow

    I am serious,and dont call be shirley.

  • Priesttj12

    What would Pryor look like with 5 starts, 10 starts or an entire season to play what would he look like?

    I’m sure haters would say he can’t do it, but I think it’s obvious HE CAN be every bit as good as Newton, Wilson and most young starters. RG3 is special there aren’t many in history that compares to that kid.

    But everyone else Pryor with the right tutoring mentoring developing by midseason 2013 could be and outstanding prospect.

  • http://www.mywifeisadog.com KoolKell

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Pryor showed alot of naysayers in the media that he can play. they are turning on the kid for the better.

    Doesnt matter what anyone on the blog says. Reggie said Pryor had a good outing according to MOnte Poole, Dennis Allen said Pryor said he should have been playing earlier in the season. Nuff said. They think they have something with him.

    Pryor baby!
    —————
    You’re confused. Let me help.
    That’s NOT what was said.

    What WAS said was:
    Dennis Allen: “He did some good things. Obviously, there’s still some work to be done.”
    Poole on Pryor: “Plenty of passes missed their target, and a few simply were dropped. Some wobbled. Some sailed. Only ONE deserves to be in any instructional video. PRYOR IS NOT YET READY TO START IN THE NFL, much less win. He is not a truly accurate passer in the NFL, and may never be. He faces a steep learning curve.”..adding “now the Raiders can more clearly visualize the possibilities that come with Pryor. AS IT IS, THEY SHOULD HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE HE IS CAPABLE OF WORKING HIMSELF INTO A NUMBER 2 ROLE NEXT SEASON.”

    He didn’t say he should start, or even be #2. He stated he is CAPABLE OF WORKING HIMSELF INTO THE #2 POSITION.

    Means he’s a ways away from just being the backup, much less the starter.

    Some of you truly are dumbasses.

  • Aphid

    flip-flopping

  • rudegruden

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Did you watch the game or just hanging your hat on 3 TD’s. He did not look like a guy who can start in this league. He’s 2 years at best (with great coaching, total mechanic changes etc..) at becoming a mediocre qb. I like the guy, but come on…did you really think, “thats the guy for our future?”. Guys like RG3, Luck, Dalton, Wilson etc..put him to shame. Thats what we compare him to since they are functioning at a young age with no experience. Pryor is not at that level.

    ————————-

    look everyone Rude Gruden says he is 2 yrs at best from being a mediocre qb. Good thing Pryor doesnt have ur work ethic. Those qbs have been playing and never took a break or been suspended. Those qbs get the first team reps since OTA’s. Next

    ———————
    You’re right all he needs are OTA’s and first team reps. Wow, just wow, you are in denial.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    mark bring in jacobs for goal line situations…

  • DaRaiders022

    Now that they fired some coaches, RM needs to get off his lard azz and DA needs to put that freakin Red Sharpie to work and get this freakin train back on the track! Find coaches who recognize talent and coordinate based on that talent. Find players who are playmakers and commit to earining paychecks instead of collecting them! This organization needs some fire lit under it and it starts with management and trickles down to staff, coaches and players. DO NOT ACCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN PRODUCTION!

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

    STOP IT WITH THE AIRPLANE STUFF!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Doesnt matter what anyone on the blog says. Reggie said Pryor had a good outing according to MOnte Poole, Dennis Allen said Pryor said he should have been playing earlier in the season. Nuff said. They think they have something with him.

    —————————-

    Vic Tafur‏@VicTafur

    Allen acknowledged that Raiders should have used Terrelle Pryor in red zone earlier this season

    what flip flopping Dennis Allen said today. meaning he shoudl have been playing at the very least in RZ. U mad?

  • VanHeathen30

    DA seems to be the one who “Speaks JIVE”…
    “Maybe, Ahh, well, Ahh, Reggie can understand , him, ummm, well, umm…”

  • The_Judge37

    792.neilb Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    STOP IT WITH THE AIRPLANE STUFF!!
    —-

    Rodger, Roger

  • rudegruden

    Neilb Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    STOP IT WITH THE AIRPLANE STUFF!!
    —————
    Shirley you can’t be serious?

  • ohioraider

    eldiabs Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 11:22 am

    we are in a perfect storm with RM and DA, they’re hitched together and they will both be fired together next year but it there is already enough evidence that RM and DA are not long for this league
    ———————————-
    IQ check over on aisle five please.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    You’re right all he needs are OTA’s and first team reps. Wow, just wow, you are in denial.

    ———————-

    So that doesnt help then? REPS dont help a qb? we should just cut pryor just Rude Gruden says its 2 yrs away. Just play Leinart and play it safe

  • Dakota

    790.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    mark bring in jacobs for goal line situations…

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

    Bring back power blocking for goal line situations and we will be fine. Not part-time power blocking, full-time, blow the guy in front of you away power blocking!

    schyyyyyyt I hate knapp!

  • DKnight007

    Possible OC candidates:
    Mark Trestman
    Norv Turner
    Pat Shurmer
    Sean Ryan- NY Giants QB coach
    Chan Gailey