Today, the Oakland Raiders announced the release of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp after only one season. The move was made due to a struggling offense trying to grasp both the West Coast offense and zone-blocking scheme.
As quarterback Carson Palmer struggled, so did the offense. It was a domino-effect that did not go unnoticed. Although Palmer struggled under Knapp’s offensive philosophy, no player had it worse than running back Darren McFadden. A player known for his blazing speed, McFadden had his worst yards per carry average (3.3) of his career, and never found his rhythm.
So why did the Raiders offense fail so horribly? It was due to the scheme. Had head coach Dennis Allen retained Al Saunders in the same position, the Raiders would surely have been better off. Under Saunders “Coryell offense” the team was better suited for success, and would have given Palmer some continuity moving forward.
However, that was not the case, and the offense failed as a result. With Knapp being relieved of his duties, the Oakland Raiders will now have to do their due diligence in finding a viable replacement. Some possible candidates include recently fired San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, recently fired Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and of course, the Raiders very own Al Saunders.
Knapp wasn’t the only person released on New Year’s Eve; other notable Raiders coaches fired include: offensive line coach Frank Pollard, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.