The New York Jets will honor passing coordinator Greg Knapp with a helmet decal this season. Every Jet helmet will feature the GK helmet sticker.
The Jets hired Knapp this offseason in the hopes of turning around their abysmal passing game. The team drafted quarterback Zach Wilson out of Brigham Young University as a project for Knapp, who has a history of molding young quarterbacks, TMZ said.
Tragically, however, Greg Knapp was killed when a car hit him as he rode his bike earlier this month. CNN reported that police in San Ramon, California, said the driver of the car is cooperating with investigators. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the wreck.
“You’ll always be with us, Coach Knapp,” the Jets posted on Instagram, showing off the helmet decal.
Tributes for Greg Knapp Pour In From Across NFL
Greg Knapp spent 27 years in the NFL, and analysts saw him as something of a quarterback whisperer. That’s because of his consistency and ability to teach players how to see the game differently.
He served as offensive coordinator for the 49ers, Falcons, Seahawks, and the then-Oakland Raiders. He won a Super Bowl in 2015 with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who played for Greg Knapp from 2018-2020 penned a tribute to his former coach on Instagram.
“Saddened by the passing of Greg Knapp,” he wrote. “He was one of the most positive, consistent and caring coaches I have ever been around. He made it a point to know our families and for us to know his. My heart goes out to his family. Greg made a significant impact on everyone he came into contact with and while he will be missed by so many he will never be forgotten. I’m so thankful for the time we were able to spend together.”
“I am heartbroken of the passing of my beloved Coach Greg Knapp. I had the privilege of being mentored by him for 3 yrs w/the Falcons. Words can’t describe the profound impact he had on my life. I extend my condolences & prayers to his family during this time. Love you Coach.”
“On the bench, just a couple minutes before Super Bowl 50, I will never forget his words of advice,” Manning said. “So calm. So dead-on. … Never a more positive guy during a game. I wish every quarterback could have a coach like him once in their lives — calm, upbeat, always with a solution.”