Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp dies after bicycling accident


Tragedy has struck the New York Jets and the organization as Greg Knapp, the newly-installed pass game specialist for 2021, has passed away from injuries sustained from a bicycle accident last Saturday. Knapp was reportedly riding his bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle, per Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver (Knapp’s agent also confirmed the news to Klis of his sudden passing). Knapp was in critical condition for several days. 

Jeff Sperbeck, Knapp’s agent, released a statement on his sudden passing (via Klis). 

“On Sat. July 17th, Greg was struck by a car while riding his bicycle, and was rendered unconscious immediately.  Greg never regained consciousness.  He was surrounded by his mom, wife, three daughters and brother. Greg spent 33 years coaching football, the first nine at Sacramento State (where he also played QB) and the next 24 years in the NFL as an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach.  He coached hundreds of players, including: Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Rick Mirer, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and most recently Zach Wilson. Those of us blessed to have known him, know that he would have wanted even this moment to be a teachable one.”

Sperbeck also released a statement on behalf of the Knapp family. 

“So this is it…’Live every day as if it’s your last, and love those around you like it won’t last!’ Greg’s infectious personality is most people’s first and lasting memory of him. The phrase ‘He never met a stranger’ encapsulates Knapper’s zest for life. He had a unique gift to make everyone feel special, and to Knapper, they all were.”

Head coach Robert Saleh also issued comment on Knapp’s status earlier in the week.

“Greg is such an amazing individual it is hard to imagine the challenge facing him and his family,” said Saleh. “Greg’s fun nature, kind disposition, and wealth of knowledge has allowed him to make genuine connections with all of our coaches, players and staff since he has been here. I ask that you keep him in your prayers as we all pull for him to recover from this horrific accident.”

Prior to joining the Jets this offseason, Knapp served as quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons for three seasons, having also held that role for several NFL teams prior — including winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos — over the course of a longstanding professional coaching career that includes stints as offensive coordinator as well. 

The Jets have yet to release a statement at this time. 


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