Greg Knapp, a passing game specialist with the New York Jets, is in critical condition at a California hospital after his motorcycle was hit by a car over the weekend, according to his agency.
Agent Jeff Sperbeck told 9 News Denver on Monday that the 58-year-old assistant coach was involved in the crash Saturday near the border of Danville and San Ramon, Calif, east of San Francisco. The Jets confirmed the accident Tuesday.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” the Knapp family said Tuesday in a statement released by the Jets. “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.”
Knapp began his coaching career in 1986 at Sacramento State as a running backs coach. In 1995, he joined the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive quality control staff as an offensive quality control coach.
He coached the 49ers quarterbacks for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001. From 2004 through 2006, Knapp served in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons.
He went on to work for the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Houston Texans as an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and passing game coordinator.
Knapp was the quarterbacks coach for the Falcons from 2018 to 2020. In January, he joined the Jets’ coaching staff.
The veteran assistant coach won a Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2016.
“Greg is such an amazing individual it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said in a news release.
“Greg’s fun nature, kind disposition, and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to make genuine connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here. I ask that you keep him in your prayers as we all pull for him to recover from this horrific accident.”