New York Jets passing game specialist Greg Knapp was in critical condition after he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday in California. Knapp’s agent, Jeff Sperbeck, confirmed with Mike Klis of Denver’s 9News that Knapp was hospitalized with serious injuries and was in critical condition following the accident.

Update: Sperbeck announced Thursday that Knapp passed away:


Knapp, 58, joined the Jets as a passing game specialist this offseason, and had been an assistant coach in the NFL going back to 1997 (when he was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive quality control coach).

From 2018-2020, Knapp was the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons, and he held the same role with the Broncos in 2013-16 (including their 2015 Super Bowl championship season). His numerous assistant coaching roles have included being an offensive coordinator for four NFL teams: the 49ers (2001-2003), the Falcons (2004-2006), the then-Oakland Raiders (2007-2008, and 2012), and the Seattle Seahawks (2009).

Knapp was a quarterback at Sacramento State in the ’80s, before becoming an assistant coach — beginning his coaching career — at the school for several years in various roles. He also went to training camps as a player for the Kansas City Chiefs (1986), the then-Los Angeles Raiders (1987-1990), and the San Francisco 49ers (1992-1994), but he never made an active roster.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area tweeted that Knapp is “one of the absolute best people [Maiocco has] met in this line of work,” and that Knapp “was so excited” about the future of the Jets in a recent conversation.

This is horrible news, and our thoughts are with Knapp’s family.

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