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Nagy issues statement on passing of Greg Knapp

Chicago Bears
24 Jul 2021, 16:37 GMT+10

Larry Mayer

The Bears on Friday released a statement from coach Matt Nagy about the passing of former NFL player and longtime assistant coach Greg Knapp.

The 58-year-old died Thursday, five days after he was struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle in northern California. Knapp never regained consciousness following the accident. He is survived by his wife and their daughters.

Knapp spent the past 25 years as an NFL assistant coach with the 49ers (1998-2003), Falcons (2004-06), Raiders (2007-08, 2012), Seahawks (2009), Texans (2010-1), Broncos (2013-16) and Falcons (2018-2020). In January, he was hired by the Jets as quarterbacks coach.

Knapp played quarterback at Sacramento State and spent time with the Chiefs (1986), Raiders (1987-90) and 49ers (1992-94), but he never appeared in a regular-season game.

The following is Nagy's statement:

"On behalf of our coaches and organization, our hearts go out to the New York Jets and coach Greg Knapp's family on his unfortunate passing. To those who knew him best, Greg was not just a great football coach for many years but an even better mentor, friend, husband and father. He was incredibly respected and close with many coaches throughout the game, including our own Clancy Barone and John DeFilippo, and together we mourn his loss."

Barone worked with Knapp with the Falcons in 2005-06 and the Broncos (2015-16), winning the Super Bowl to conclude the 2015 season. DeFilippo and Knapp were on the same staff in two stints with the Raiders (2007-08 and 2012).

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