Yes, I’m still beating this dead horse. Greg Knapp has likely already turned in his office key and parking pass but that won’t stop JBB from reminding Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen how horrendous a mistake both made by re-hiring a once failed coordinator.
Despite the offensive ineptitude of the Oakland Raiders on Knapp’s watch Marcel Reece was named second team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus.
That a member of Oakland’s offense would even be considered for All-Pro honors is saying something. But since we’re in the Knapp bashing business here the low road is calling.
While Reece’s honor is something to be proud of there is no doubt the dynamic and versatile fullback could have easily enjoyed a monstrous breakout season had he played for an imaginative play caller. When the Raiders were without the services of both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson it was Reece who stepped up and revealed himself as an all-around weapon unlike any other in the game.
When both Run DMC and Goodson returned Reece became largely invisible despite his impressive production.
But just as we knew how the Knapp hiring would end we were also pretty much clued into how the season would go for Reece. Perhaps it was his absence from offseason workouts during a brief contract dispute that put Reece in Knapp’s doghouse early on. Marcel didn’t get a single touch during the preseason and was a non-factor for most of the regular season.
Congrats are in order for Reece who should get a nice pay raise what with a second team All-Pro nod in his back pocket.
If Allen has learned anything from his major misstep it’s that his coordinators must make effective use of the talent on the team. Regardless of the scheme Allen feels comfortable with he’ll need to find an offensive mind that puts together the best game plan possible. Not the one that runs the system Allen prefers. Last time I checked Dennis Allen’s background is defense. His opinion of the offensive scheme should be completely irrelevant after the debacle that was his rookie season as a head coach.