Texans hire Knapp as QBs coach

January 27, 2010 2:25:02 PM PST
The Houston Texans have hired Greg Knapp as the team's quarterbacks coach.[SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

Knapp, 46, is entering his 16th season in the NFL as a coach, including the last nine seasons as an offensive coordinator. Knapp spent 2009 as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks after a two-year stint in Oakland with the Raiders.

He is already familiar with Texans QB Matt Schaub after coaching him in Atlanta as the offensive coordinator from 2004-06. Under Knapp's tutelage, Schaub developed into a highly sought-after player while the Falcons offense featured the best rushing attack in the league, averaging 169.9 yards per game on the ground during his three seasons there.

Knapp began his NFL coaching career with San Francisco in 1998 as the 49ers quarterbacks coach. Under his guidance from 1998-99, QB Steve Young concluded his Hall of Fame career with a passer rating of 95.5 over his last two years.

Knapp was promoted to San Francisco's offensive coordinator in 2001 and held that position through 2003. In his three years as the play-caller, the 49ers averaged 355.8 yards per game, which ranked fifth in the league.

A native of Seal Beach, California, Knapp played quarterback at Sacramento State from 1982-85. He started his coaching career in 1986 at his alma mater and remained there through 1994. He coached the Hornets running backs from 1986-89 and wide receivers from 1989-90 before being promoted to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 1991-94.