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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) checks in with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp during the first quarter against the Houston Texans August 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 22: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) checks in with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp during the first quarter against the Houston Texans August 22, 2015 at NRG Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

By Nicki Jhabvala | njhabvala@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: November 5, 2015 at 11:16 am | UPDATED: April 20, 2016
 

No matter the city, no matter the opponent, the routine always is the same. Five and a half hours before kickoff, Greg Knapp, the Broncos’ quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator, pulls up to the empty and eerily quiet stadium. The time is Knapp’s, a few hours of serenity for his pregame workout. His third-down calls, his red-zone calls, the reminders he’ll issue his quarterback during an offensive series filter through his mind as he runs up and down, up and down the stadium stairs.

“It’s my zen,” he said. “It’s my way to get into game mode. It’s my way of preparing, because we only get 16 regular-season games and hopefully a few more after that.”

Knapp’s routine is a constant. His life is on the sideline, even moreso as Peyton Manning’s translator in coach Gary Kubiak’s new zone-blocking, stretch-run offense.

This season Knapp stands on the sideline, relaying the plays from Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to Manning. He is Manning’s dispatcher during a series and his guide in between, often sitting next to him on the bench to study upcoming plays.

A middle man, a teacher, a manager, a sounding board — Knapp is more than his title suggests. And this season, especially, he has perhaps the toughest job on the Broncos’ staff.

After spending two seasons with Kubiak and Dennison at Houston (2010-11), then two in Denver with Manning before the coaching overhaul in January, Knapp is the common denominator among all and has been relied upon to marry the styles of his coach and quarterback.

“He could translate a lot of things and was a great kind of bridge and still continues to be,” Manning said. “You spend a ton of time with your position coach, so we spend a lot of time together. He’s really helped me a lot the past three years.”

But as he’s steered Manning through the nuances of the new system, he’s also guided him through the latter part of his career. Drawing on years of experience in working with quarterbacks young and old, up-and-coming and elite — Steve Young, Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Jeff Garcia — Knapp has helped Manning alter his ways to overcome deficiencies, much like a golfer needing to change his swing.

“There are some things Peyton has had to do mechanically to help improve his passing, because from a physical standpoint, the years have taken their toll,” Knapp said. “His arm is not quite as strong as it used to be. But what he’s picked up on is his footwork and lower-body mechanics to get his throwing on time and in rhythm, and that’s something I got trained on as a young coach, and I truly believe.”

Knapp, a former quarterback at Sacramento State, has worked for six NFL teams since 1995. His quarterbacks have combined to be selected for 11 Pro Bowls, and five have turned in 4,000-yard seasons.

The great ones, he says, yearn to be coached and be coached hard. But Manning’s ability not only to absorb information, but also draw from his experience at the line of scrimmage set him apart.

“Sometimes he’ll have recall on a play that I have not remembered and you have to say, ‘Hey, you’re right. That’s exactly what you did see, and we do have to change our mindset on a certain read or progression,’ ” Knapp said. “It keeps you on your toes.”

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the criticism of Manning was heavy as he adopted Kubiak’s ways. But a 340-yard performance in a victory against Green Bay in Week 8 reversed judgment, if only temporarily. The 39-year-old, many were reminded, still can carry his team to big victories and still pick apart defenses.

And the 39-year-old, with a little help from the sideline, can adapt.

“That gives you an example of what great players want to do,” Knapp said. “They’re not satisfied staying the same.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2015/11/05/how-broncos-qb-coach-greg-knapp-helped-peyton-manning-transition-to-new-offense/

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41 minutes ago, TheUsualStuff said:

He can bring nothing to Atlanta while Matt Ryan and his $30mm contract are sabotaging the roster.

Agreed...then maybe he could do wonders with Tyrod Taylor which is a topic I already discussed in another thread. Had not realized Matt had already signed a $30 Million Contract. Bummer!   Have a wonderful evening.

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11 hours ago, lostnmexico said:

I think this is a great hire for Atlanta and who ever the QB is, Knapp coaches to a players strengths!  I am very very excited.

He and Parmalee should bring a better vibe to the Offense,

I see what you did there...lol.

You may like your Taylor idea as an arm chair GM, but I guarantee if you were the GM and it was your reputation on the line, you’d have already spent Blank’s money to retain MR for another 5 years and fired whoever mentioned TT in your presence

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When Knapp was hired a couple of weeks ago, I was nonplused.  I had not-so-nice memories of his time as our OC.  After reading this article, I am much more comfortable with Knapp in this new role.

I don't think Knapp is a gifted OC, but it sounds like he is a great teacher.  

"His arm is not quite as strong as it used to be. But what he’s picked up on is his footwork and lower-body mechanics to get his throwing on time and in rhythm, and that’s something I got trained on as a young coach, and I truly believe."

Ryan's footwork tends to get sloppy at times.  It affects his accuracy too often and our receivers are having to make adjustments that rob them of YAC.  If Knapp can help Ryan become more accurate, then he will be a major off season addition to the staff.  

Thank you, lostnmexicofor bringing this article to the boards.

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3 hours ago, octoslash said:

I've been gone for a couple days, did I miss something?  Tyrod Taylor?

Anyone who seriously wants him as their QB should have their local health department come out and analyze the lead content of their water and home.  STAT.

You are better off not knowing, trust me.

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20 hours ago, PokerSteve said:

This thread deteriorated with exceptional speed, even for TATF.  :lol:

It is the internet equivalent of the old game show name that tune 

Contestant #1 " I can can ruin this thread in  5 posts"

Contestant #2" I can ruin this thread in 1 post"

Contestant 1 with a puzzled yet gleeful look on their face " go ahead and ruin this thread"

 

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