Raiders hire Knapp as offensive coordinator

The Oakland Raiders hired Greg Knapp to be their offensive coordinator. Knapp spent the last three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Knapp, who was removed from his post with the firing of Jim Mora in Atlanta, has 12 years of coaching experience at the NFL level.

Tha California native is a disciple of the west coast offense. A former quarterback at Sacramento State University, Knapp ranked among the career leaders with more than 3,800 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes. He would never play for an NFL team, despite going to training camp with Kansas City, the Los Angeles Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

Knapp spent nine years on the coaching staff of Sacramento State University, serving as running backs coach from 1986-1989, receivers coach from 1989-1990 and offensive coordinator/assistant head coach from 1991-1994.

He moved on to the NFL, spending nine years with the Niners in a variety of roles.

He moved on to Atlanta as the offensive coordinator. The Falcons led the NFL in rushing for the past three season, averaging 183.7 yards per games this past season.

"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."

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