Knapp’s infamous zone-scheme for the running game was probably the biggest disappointment as far as the coaching staff, and Raider fans are more than delighted to finally see him go. It is always sad to see someone get sacked, but Knapp will be able to be hired elsewhere.
The Raiders also fired special teams coach Steve Hoffman and offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
Knapp is the big step though, all the other firings are minor compared to Knapp’s. If the Raiders are serious about Terrelle Pryor having a legitimate shot at being the starting quarterback, then they should think about spending some money to get a really good offensive coordinator, maybe even someone who was fired today.
Maybe a coach like Norv Turner, that would be a reach, but just an example that they have some decent options out there.
Knapp’s offensive scheme for the running game was awful, and awful is a nice way to put it. The Raiders were 28th in rushing yards per game, and even with Darren McFadden, the scheme just collapsed for the Raiders.
Head coach Dennis Allen will have to march on to the off-season without three of his coaches.
“Decisions like this are very difficult,” said Allen. “I have a great deal of respect for all of these men and I appreciate their contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season.”