A former assistant coach who helped former NFL QB and Tennessee standout Peyton Manning set passing records in 2013 is critical after a bike crash. Greg Knapp, 58, sustained life-threatening injuries he was involved in a California car wreck over the weekend.
Knapp’s agent, Jeff Sperbeck, said the veteran coach was hospitalized and also asked people to pray for him and his family.
Word began to spread Monday about the former Broncos quarterback coach and current Jets passing game specialist’s accident. Knapp has a reputation as an affable coach and light-hearted nature around the league, according to Denver’s KUSA 9 News.
The Jets released a statement from the Knapp family on Tuesday.
“Gregg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people. He is our rock and biggest supporter, pushing us to all strive to better ourselves each day with constant love and inspiration. While many know him for his achievements as a coach, his impact as a father and husband are far greater. We are so fortunate to have him in our lives, we are sincerely thankful to all those who have 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.”
Greg Knapp is a Talent On and Off the Field
Greg Knapp, who played quarterback at Sacramento State, broke into the pros in 1986 and bounced around between several teams.
The coach had already started working with Wilson in the off-season. He started his pro coaching career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1997. He’s had stops with the Falcons, Raiders, and Seahawks as an offensive coordinator since then. Additionally, he developed Peyton Manning, Steve Young, Carson Palmer, Michael Vick, Matt Shaub, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and rookie Zach Wilson. Knapp’s quarterbacks have combined for 11 Pro Bowls, and five have turned in 4,000-yard seasons.
In 2013, he coached Manning to single-season passing records in touchdowns (55) and passing yards (5,477).
“(Knapp) could translate a lot of things and was a great kind of bridge and still continues to be,” Manning told the Denver Post in 2015. “You spend a ton of time with your position coach, so we spend a lot of time together. He’s really helped me a lot the past three years.”
Manning also told the newspaper that Knapp played a crucial role in his play. Knapp helped the star with constructive criticism and fixing throwing mechanics.
A Super Bowl feat
But Knapp’s true accomplishment may have come in 2015 when he supported backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. Osweiler replaced an injured Manning and the team beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Osweiler paced Denver to five wins to finish out a 12-4 season.
Knapp recently joined the head coach Robert Saleh’s New York Jets coaching staff on Jan. 18 as a quarterbacks coach. The coach is married to Christine Knapp and also has three daughters.