Around Oakland the more things change the more they stay the same. You might think that all the radical changes brought on by Reggie McKenzie are the new hotness but in reality change is nothing new for the Raiders. Just checkout all the names that have changed in the head coaching position and notice the final standings to see where the Raiders have finished the last 9 years.
Dennis Allen might be the newest of the new coaches but his first hire was not a new name in these parts. Today word spread that Greg Knapp would be returning to Oakland as offensive coordinator under Allen. So much for the JBB opinion of staying the course with Al Saunders. Then again we should have known what was coming after proclaiming McKenzie had no reason to fire Hue Jackson. Yeah…that didn’t go the way we thought it would.
For those that don’t remember Knapp just flashback to 2007 when he was Lane Kiffin’s OC and Oakland’s offense was mired in the bottom of the NFL. Eventually when Tom Cable replaced Kiffin he also replaced Knapp as the team’s play caller.
But that is in the past…hopefully.
This past season Knapp was calling plays for the Houston Texans and their explosive offense. Despite a Raider-esque injury list the Texans managed to make it to the playoffs, win a game and turned a few heads in the process.
Hopefully we’ll see that Knapp and not the one that sat helplessly on the sideline while Terrell Owens threw a hissy fit of 2-year-old proportions during his tenure in San Francisco.
Perhaps it is unfair to hold Knap responsible for Oakland’s awful offense last time he was in town. When given a full compliment of capable players Knapp has shown the ability to coordinate some impressive offenses. Yes, talent does make the coach.
Still, it is hard to ignore what Saunders did in his one year in Oakland and over the course of his career. But this is the way things have gone since McKenzie took over. Out with the old and in with the new…even if that new is an old new.