Broncos hire Knapp to coach quarterbacks

Following the ascension of Adam Gase to offensive coordinator, the Broncos has hired the well-traveled Greg Knapp to replace him as their quarterbacks coach.

Knapp has had two stints running the Oakland offense, from 2007-08 and in 2012, and he also has served as the offensive coordinator for San Francisco (2001-03), Atlanta (2004-06), and Seattle (2009).

The Raiders fired Knapp and three others on December 31st; the decision was portrayed as a move away from the zone blocking scheme Knapp had installed under head coach Dennis Allen.

Said John Fox of the hire:

Greg is a proven, experienced coach with a very impressive background working with quarterbacks. He’s had success with Pro Bowlers and established players while also being instrumental in the development of younger quarterbacks. I’ve coached against him for a number of years and have a lot of respect for him. We are pleased to add someone of his caliber to our coaching staff.

The 49-year-old Knapp played quarterback at Sacramento State, and then worked on their coaching staff for nine years. During eight of those years, he also attended the training camps of the Chiefs, Raiders, and 49ers, but never made it onto an NFL roster.

He joined the 49ers staff of George Seifert in 1995, and remained with the team through coaching changes to Steve Mariucci and Dennis Erickson. In 2004, he went to Atlanta to work under Jim Mora, then to Oakland for the first time in 2007 with Lane Kiffin.

Knapp reconvened with Mora in 2009 with the Seahawks, and then spent the 2010-11 seasons in Houston coaching quarterbacks under Gary Kubiak. During his career, he has worked with Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, and most recently with Carson Palmer.

For Denver, he'll be tasked with keeping an eye on Peyton Manning and, perhaps most importantly, continuing the development of 2012 draftee Brock Osweiler.


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