Knapp joins the Seahawks after spending two years in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders. He broke in to the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995, serving three years as offensive quality control coach (1995-97) and three years as quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator from 2001-03. In 2004, he joined head coach Jim Mora in Atlanta where he also served three years as offensive coordinator.
During his 14 years on the offensive side of the ball in the NFL, 10 of the 14 quarterbacks have taken part in the Pro Bowl (Steve Young from 1995-98, Jeff Garcia from 2000-03 and Michael Vick from 2005-06). In his eight years as offensive coordinator, Knapp’s rushing attack has placed in the NFL top-10 all eight years, including five top-five finishes and led the NFL in rushing three consecutive seasons, all during Mora’s tenure in Atlanta (2004-06).
Prior to the NFL, Knapp spent nine years on the staff at Sacramento State, where he ranks as one of the school’s all-time leaders with more than 3,800 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. He served as running backs coach (1986-89), receivers coach (1989-90) and offensive coordinator/assistant head coach (1991-94). He went to training camps with Kansas City (1986), L.A. Raiders (1987-90) and San Francisco (1992-94).
He and his wife, Starla, have one daughter, Jordan.