Seattle Seahawks new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp spoke to Seattle-area beat reporters this afternoon and covered a lot of ground in a 40-minute conversation.
Knapp provided an idea on what to expect offensively from the Hawks this season, talked about his coaching philosophy and his coaching background.
Here's some of the highlights.
Knapp said Seattle will go to more of a zone blocking scheme, similar to the one Denver ran under Mike Shanahan for several years. However, Knapp said Seattle also will run some man blocking schemes, with guards and tackles pulling. Knapp said about a half dozen teams run primarily a zone blocking scheme, and that offensive line coach Mike Solari is familiar with the blocking scheme.
Knapp likes the zone blocking scheme because you can still be effective with different running backs and different lineman filling in.
He also said he likes using multiple backs because of the durability issue, and expects T.J. Duckett to fill a similar role as he did in Atlanta.
Knapp used two key words – balance and adapting. Knapp said as a son of a longtime offensive line coach he always believed in the importance of running the ball. But he still wants the ability to throw if teams try to take away the running game.
And he also believes in adapting to the personnel that he has on a particular team. And you can see that in the different offensive schemes Knapp-led offenses ran in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Knapp and Seattle head coach Jim Mora got to know each other well when both worked as coordinators in San Francisco. Knapp ended up buying a house on the same block as Mora and the two families became close. Knapp said the two coaches would commute to work together and argue about coaching philosophies and situations. They also lived nearby each other in Atlanta and commuted. Knapp said they will not be doing the same thing here.
"He lives in a different rent district," Knapp quipped.
Knapp said the speculation of him eventually coming to Seattle may have played a role in the play-calling duties being taken away from him in Oakland, and said that decision came from the Raiders ownership group. However, there were no guarantees that he would eventually wind up in Seattle, he said.
Offensively, except for more of an emphasis on the zone blocking schemes and more balance, the passing game will remain similar, Knapp said. He said that Seattle and Denver were two offenses that he studied a lot, and that he's an admirer of the passing offense Mike Holmgren and Gil Haskell have ran in Seattle for years.
Knapp said he did take one main thing from coaching with Lane Kiffin in Oakland, and that was simplifying the calling of formation and motions offensively so new guys could learn the system quickly and play right away. He said that Kiffin learned how to simply his offensive language and do what he wanted to do while at USC because he had to get the freshman on the field early before they headed to the NFL. So Knapp will use a similar philosophy here.
That's all for now. You can listen to Knapp talk about his background here in this audio link. And I'll post the transcript later.