Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. The only real question is what took so long?
Vic Tafur of The Chronicle cites league sources claiming the Raiders will sever ties with the architect of Oakland’s offensive downfall, Greg Knapp.
Again, the only surprise is how long it will have taken for this to occur. Most of us had seen all we needed to know of Knapp the last time he was fired as Oakland’s offensive coordinator. The rest quickly realized how big a mistake his hiring was mere weeks into the 2012 season.
Among Knapp’s many crimes committed against a once potent offense was the stubborn insistence on implementing and sticking with the zone blocking scheme for which the personnel simply did not fit. There is really no excuse for Darren McFadden to have averaged a career low in yards per carry.
Once this news is made official the speculation on who should be next in line to help resurrect this offense will begin. But for most of us this move should have occurred month ago while the season still had a chance to be salvaged. Knapp’s scheme took the team’s strength and made it a weakness. In a bottom line business like the NFL coaches cannot be on scholarship. All year long Knapp spoke of patience while acting as if there was plenty of time to figure things out.
Clearly the patience of Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie wore thin after seeing no significant progress. Perhaps next time the Oakland brass will pay a little more credence to the rumblings of the fans. We might not be in the business of professional football but as consumers of the product we know subpar when we pay for it.