NEW YORK—New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was in a “horrific” bicycle accident last weekend and is in critical condition.
Denver TV station 9News reported Monday night Knapp was hit by a vehicle while riding in California. Agent Jeff Sperbeck confirmed to the station the 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known.
ESPN reported the accident happened Saturday near his home in Danville, California. He was struck by a single motorist at close to 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 staff, serving as the pass game specialist. Among Knapp’s primary roles is to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
“Greg is such an amazing individual, it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” Saleh said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. “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.”
Knapp’s family also released a statement Tuesday through the Jets.
“Greg is an amazing father and husband whose passion for life can be felt in all his interactions with people,” the family said. “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 is well-liked and respected in NFL circles and has established himself as one of the league’s top offensive-minded coaches. 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 Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach two years later and became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.
Knapp joined Jim Mora’s staff in Atlanta as the offensive coordinator in 2004 and served in the same capacity for Oakland (2007-08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He has also had stints as the quarterback’s 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).
By Dennis Waszak Jr.