It will definitely be a Happy New Year for many Raiders fans.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was fired this morning, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Knapp has been scrutinized throughout the 2012 season for his “zone-blocking scheme,” which never worked out. The Raiders finished 28th in the league in rushing, and star running back Darren McFadden was never comfortable in Knapp’s system. The offensive line also faltered, allowing Carson Palmer to be sacked 57 times.
The Raiders had one of the more dynamic offenses in the league under Hue Jackson and Al Saunders in 2011. However, ownership decided to completely clean house, bringing in a new head coach and assistants.
Knapp was previously the offensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2007 and 2008, with draft bust JaMarcus Russell under center.
The Raiders also fired special teams’ coach Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack, and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.