Report: Oakland Raiders expected to fire Greg Knapp

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 07:58 a.m.

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen's job is believed to be safe. His top offensive assistant is not.

The Raiders are expected to fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and other offensive staff members this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Knapp prefers a zone scheme in the running game, which collapsed this season. The team finished 28th in the league in rushing at only 89 yards per game. They were a top seven rushing unit over the previous two years. Their supposed star rusher Darren McFadden finished with 707 rushing yards and a 3.3 yards-per-carry average.

"I don't want to speak on it anymore," McFadden said. "It is what it is. The season is over now. I am just looking forward to next year."

McFadden is expected to be back next year on the final year of his contract, but he's been among the team's biggest problems. He's rarely healthy or productive for long. That's not on Knapp. Oakland can't count on McFadden as a centerpiece for its offense next year. Carson Palmer figures to be back as the team's starting quarterback because it's too expensive to get rid of him. On a list of Raiders problems, Palmer actually isn't too high.

Multiple reports, including one by Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer, have suggested that Allen will remain after a 4-12 season. New GM Reggie McKenzie hand-picked Allen and will give him more than one season to turn things around. That's more than the last Raiders coach got.