NEW YORK (AP) – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp had a “horrible” bicycle accident last weekend and is in critical condition.
Denver TV station 9News reported Monday night that Knapp was struck by a vehicle while driving through California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station that the longtime NFL assistant, 58, had been hospitalized.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known.
ESPN reported that the crash happened near his home in Danville, California on Saturday. He was struck by a single motorist around 3 p.m. according to the San Ramon Police Department.
Knapp was hired by the Jets in January as part of new coach Robert Saleh’s team as a passing specialist. One of Knapp’s main roles is to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 draft pick.
“Greg is such an amazing individual, it’s hard to imagine the challenge he and his family face,” Saleh said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday. “Greg’s fun nature, kindness and wealth of knowledge have allowed him to truly bond with all of our coaches, players and staff since he’s been here.
“I ask you to keep him in your prayers as we all shoot for him to recover from this horrific accident.”
Knapp’s family also released a statement on Tuesday via the Jets.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life is reflected in all of his interactions with people,” the family said. “He is our rock and our greatest supporter, inspiring us all to strive to improve ourselves every day with constant love and inspiration.
“Although many know him for his accomplishments as a coach, his impact as a father and husband is far greater. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has continued. to reach out and provide support – it has meant the world to us. We ask that you continue to pray for Greg and our family during this time. “
Knapp is loved and respected in NFL circles and has established himself as one of the best offensive coaches in the league. After a nine-year stint as an assistant at Sacramento State, where he also played quarterback, Knapp got his first NFL job with San Francisco in 1997 as an offensive quality control coach under the directed by Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.
Knapp joined Jim Mora’s team in Atlanta as offensive coordinator in 2004, and served equally for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He also served as quarterbacks coach for Houston (2010-11), Denver (2013-16) – where he helped Peyton Manning set single-season passing records in 2013 – and most recently the Falcons. (2018-20).
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