Seahawks' Knapp outlines philosophy
February, 3, 2009
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- Greg Knapp, the Seahawks' new offensive coordinator, spent about 45 minutes explaining his background and philosophy in a session ending a few minutes ago.
Let's go right to the highlights:
- As Matt Hasselbeck indicated during a recent conversation, Knapp's philosophy is to simplify terminology and concepts to help players learn them in less time;
- Knapp expects to install more zone blocking concepts while maintaining enough man concepts to keep defenses guessing;
- Knapp thinks zone schemes result in more decisive running and fewer running plays that lose yardage; he suspects few teams favor primarily zone-oriented schemes because most coaching trees are pass-oriented; that means the league features fewer coaches with strong zone backgrounds;
- Knapp strongly prefers having multiple running backs share the load because he thinks the game has become too demanding for one player to carry the ball all the time; we might keep that in mind when figuring out how early the Seahawks might consider drafting a running back;
- Knapp traces his philosophical roots to Mike Shanahan, Alex Gibbs and even Lane Kiffin; I'll outline what he took from each:
- Shanahan: the play-action and keeper-action games;
- Gibbs: zone blocking concept
- Kiffin: simplified ways to teach motions and formations to receivers and backs in the passing game;
- Knapp described his approach as high-energy and interactive, with some sarcasm mixed in to keep players thinking; he favors an even-keeled approach from game to game because the season is too long for wild emotional swings;
- Knapp guaranteed offensive balance based on what he has seen from the Seahawks' personnel; he was not yet sure which personnel groups he might favor.