Agent Jeff Sperbeck announced Thursday that Jets passing game specialist Greg Knapp has passed away from injuries he suffered from a bicycle accident last week.
“Today at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was called back home to Heaven where he will be reunited with his Dad,” Sperbeck wrote, per Mike Klis. “On Sat. July 17th Greg was struck by a car while riding his bicycle, and was rendered unconscious immediately. Greg never regained consciousness. He was surrounded by his mom, wife, 3 daughters and brother. Greg spent 33 years coaching football, the first 9 at Sacramento State (where he also played QB) and the next 24 years in the NFL as an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach. He coached hundreds of players, including Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and most recently Zach Wilson. Those of us blessed to have known him, know that he would have wanted even this moment to be a teachable one.”
Knapp played seven years in the NFL as a quarterback for the Chiefs, Raiders and 49ers. He began his NFL coaching career in 1997 as the 49ers’ offensive quality control coach.
Knapp worked his way up to offensive coordinator in 2001 before departing and working for a number of teams including the Falcons, Raiders, and Seahawks. The Broncos hired him as their QBs coach in 2013 but the two parties eventually parted ways after four seasons.
From there, Knapp joined the Falcons as their quarterbacks coach in 2018 before the Jets hired him as their passing game specialist this past January.
We would like to offer our condolences to Knapp’s family and friends during this difficult time.