NEW YORK – New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was in a “horrible” bicycle accident last weekend and is in critical condition.
Denver TV Stations 9News reported Monday night Knapp was hit by a vehicle while traveling in California. Agent Jeff Sparbeck confirmed to the station that the 58-year-old NFL assistant had been hospitalized.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known.
ESPN reported The accident happened on Saturday near his home in Danville, California. She was hit by a motorist around 3 p.m., according to the San Ramon Police Department.
Knapp was hired by the Jets in January as part of the staff of new coach Robert Saleh, who served as a pass game specialist. One of Knapp’s primary roles is to help develop quarterback Zach Wilson, who is the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
“Greg is such an amazing person, it’s hard to imagine the challenge he and his family face,” Saleh said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday. “Greg’s fun-loving nature, kind nature and wealth of knowledge have allowed him to make real connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here.
“I ask that you keep her in your prayers as we all pull her through this horrific accident.”
Knapp’s family also issued a statement on Tuesday via Jets.
“Greg is a wonderful 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, inspiring us all to strive to better ourselves every day with constant love and inspiration.
“While many know him for his achievements as a coach, his influence as a father and husband is far greater. We are so lucky to have him in our lives. We are deeply grateful to all those who have continued to reach out and support – this means the world to us. We want you to continue praying 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 in 1997 with San Francisco as an offensive quality control coach under Steve Mariucci. He was promoted to quarterback coach two years later and became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2001.
Knapp joined Jim Mora’s staff in Atlanta in 2004 as offensive coordinator, and served in a similar capacity for Oakland (2007–08 and 2012) and Seattle (2009). He has also served as a quarterback coach for Houston (2010–11), Denver (2013–16) – where he helped Peyton Manning set a single-season passing record in 2013 – and most recently the Falcons (2018). -20).