According to www.foxsports.com Greg Knapp has been offered the Offensive Coordinator Job. We knew that Saunders was probably not Allen's first choice, but figured he's still the best choice. Well it seems that Raiders brass feels differently. Knapp has worked with Allen back with the Falcons.
Most will remember Knapp as OC back in 07, when the team was ranked 27th in total offense, 31st in passing*, and 6th in rushing. The glaring denotation being, it was Russell's rookie year, and was stripped of play calling duties the following year by then coach, Tom Cable. So really, the Raider Nation has no real grasp on what Knapp has to offer as for his time with the silver and black.
Many fans feared us bringing in an West Coast Offence to Oakland, but let's concider a few things. During Mckenzie's time in Green Bay, they ran the WCO with Favre and Rodgers, and went deep often. So there is room to teak the offence to one that best fits our stregnth. I feel Palmer will be fine, the real question will be, how does the wr core handle the change. Hopefully, it wont be too tough of a change. Time will tell. But if this move is accurate, it only creates more questions then answers.
Knapp is a Zone Blocking deciple, so does that mean we switch back to zone blocking or will he make adjustments and continue the use of power blocking. What does this move mean for McFadden? McFadden struggled when we were a zone team. So does that make him expendable? Or has Run DMC grown as a player since then and will continue to florish as a dominate back? We are about to enter arguably the best Free Agency class of WR in league history. So if we do make the full conversion to WCO, what WRs do we target, that would be a system fit? I'll let someone else run with that question to go into full detail in another post.
Allen said our offence will be up tempo, run the ball, and will be explosive in the passing game. So it sounds like Knapp will have complete freedom to shape the offence as he see's fit. No riegns or or restrictions by offensive head coaches. Knapp isnt a sexy hire by any stretch of the imagination but it could be at least a solid one, when it's all said and done.
Other Notes: Fassel leaves to join the rams as their special teams coach. This can either by a minor set back or a major one. I believe the team will be just fine. With probowlers at Kicker, Punter, and Long Snapper; I see no problems coming from this unit.