Longtime NFL assistant mentor Greg Knapp dies adhering to bicycling incident

A tragic bicycling incident has claimed the existence of New York Jets passing activity specialist

A tragic bicycling incident has claimed the existence of New York Jets passing activity specialist Greg Knapp, who died on Thursday as a end result of extreme injuries sustained in the collision. He was 58.

Knapp was hospitalized in significant affliction following staying struck by a motorist though using his bicycle in San Ramon, California, on July 17. He remained hospitalized by means of Thursday in advance of passing absent.

“Now at 11:32 am PST, Greg Knapp (aka Knapper) was named back again dwelling to Heaven, the place he will be reunited with his Dad,” Knapp’s agent Jeff Sperbeck reported in a statement acquired by NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.

“Greg’s infectious temperament is most people’s initially and long lasting memory of him. The phrase “He in no way met a stranger” encapsulates Knapper’s zest for everyday living,” Sperbeck ongoing. “He experienced a one of a kind reward to make everyone experience exclusive, and to Knapper, they all had been.

“While his loved ones, friends, and players nevertheless had so a great deal to learn from him and desperately wished they had extra time with him, God called an audible and desired to go around the video game system straight with him. It will unquestionably be a masterpiece, just like Greg!”

Jets mentor Robert Saleh issued a assertion regarding the longtime NFL assistant’s passing.

“Greg had these an inner peace about him that individuals often appeared to gravitate towards,” he claimed. “He lived life in a loving way that served him hook up with individuals from all walks of life in a exclusive way. In his short time here, I believe that the people in this corporation experienced a probability to knowledge that relationship.”

Atlanta Falcons operator Arthur Blank also issued a assertion. Knapp invested two separate stints with the franchise.

“He was a incredible football coach who attained at the best ranges of our video game, but much more importantly he was a wonderful human being who experienced the appreciate, admiration and regard of people who were blessed to function with him,” Blank claimed.

The Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders, companies Knapp used notable time with for the duration of his NFL tenure, issued statements, as very well.

“The Denver Broncos are heartbroken by the sudden, tragic passing of Greg Knapp, who was an exceptional mentor and an even much better particular person,” the Broncos mentioned. “In his four decades as our quarterbacks mentor, Greg was an instrumental component of two Tremendous Bowl appearances and our championship operate in 2015. The occupation he did coaching quarterbacks for the duration of our Super Bowl 50 season was masterful. He navigated a distinctive scenario with poise and instincts, trying to keep us on observe with his even-keeled demeanor, excellent teaching capability and caring character.

From all-time greats like Peyton Manning to youthful gamers just commencing their occupations, Greg was a trustworthy confidant and the incredibly definition of a ‘quarterback whisperer.’ Much more importantly, the connections and friendships he solid with gamers, coaches and staff — as very well as their family members — were genuine and particular. We will all recall Knapper for his kindness, humor and fun-loving method to life. Our organization extends its deepest condolences to Greg’s wife, Charlotte his daughters Jordan, Natalie, and Camille and the complete Knapp household.”

Additional Las Vegas, “The Raiders are saddened and stunned to hear of the passing of Greg Knapp, who served as offensive coordinator above two stints with the Silver and Black. The thoughts and prayers of the total Raider Country are with Mentor Knapp’s household all through this particularly hard time.”

Knapp spent 25 decades coaching in the NFL, beginning his career in the league in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers as the team’s offensive quality command mentor. He remained in San Francisco by means of 2003, serving as quarterbacks coach for 3 seasons before being elevated to offensive coordinator from 2001 by ’03. He moved on to Atlanta in 2004, serving the initially of two stints with the Falcons (2004-06, 2018-2020). Knapp also put in time with the then-Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012), Seattle Seahawks (2009) and Houston Texans (2010-11) and Broncos (2013-16).

For the duration of his 2nd stint in Atlanta, Knapp guided Matt Ryan to a league-most effective 13,971 passing yards from 2018 by way of 2020. The coach also worked with foreseeable future Corridor of Famers Steve Youthful and Peyton Manning, assisting the latter set one-year NFL documents for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55) in 2013 even though with the Broncos. Knapp and Manning gained a Tremendous Bowl ring collectively two seasons later on.

Knapp-coached quarterbacks arrived at the Pro Bowl 11 occasions in the course of his vocation: Youthful (1995-98), Jeff Garcia (2000-02), Michael Vick (2004 and ’05) and Manning (2013 and ’14). Under Knapp’s steering, Vick turned the 1st quarterback with 1,000-furthermore hurrying yards in a solitary year (2006).

Knapp was set to coach his to start with period with the Jets and No. 2 over-all decide Zach Wilson in 2021. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and 3 daughters Jordan, Natalie and Camille.