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Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp passes away at 58 following bicycle accident

Greg Knapp, Jets

New York Jets passing game coordinator Greg Knapp, who was going to work with rookie franchise quarterback Zach Wilson this upcoming NFL season, has died at age 58 after sustaining injuries in a road accident.

Greg Knapp was riding his bicycle this past Saturday, July 17, when he was struck by a car and thrown from his bike. His death is profound for the Jets, relative to their 2021 preparations, but this is a loss for the NFL community on a much broader level.

Greg Knapp coached in nearly one-fourth of the NFL in his coaching career. Knapp coached for seven of the league’s 32 teams: the San Francisco 49ers, the Raiders, the Houston Texans, the Atlanta Falcons, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks, and most recently the Jets. Seven different organizations are mourning his death.

Knapp was a quality control specialist, a quarterback coach, or an offensive coordinator at his several stops in the NFL, before becoming the Jets’ passing game specialist this offseason. Knapp was gearing up to coach No. 2 draft pick Zach Wilson, and it’s hard to think a seasoned coach such as Knapp didn’t have any input into the selection made by general manager Joe Douglas.

With a first-year NFL head coach, Robert Saleh, and a first-year NFL offensive coordinator, Mike LaFleur, in the Jets’ inner circle, Knapp was going to be an important voice who would give shape to New York’s offense and develop the ways in which it would put Wilson in position to succeed.

Greg Knapp has the distinction of having coached two Pro Football Hall of Famers, Steve Young with the 49ers and Peyton Manning with the Broncos. Manning has been selected for the Hall of Fame, and he will be officially enshrined in Canton in early August.

If Matt Ryan — who worked with Greg Knapp with the Falcons — makes the Hall of Fame, Knapp will have coached three different Hall of Famers, something few NFL position coaches or coordinators can claim.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s family, and to the members of the NFL community who grieve for him in this immensely painful and sad moment.