Alex Van Pelt Could Be Latest Packers Assistant to Leave
The Green Bay Packer have already lost two assistant coaches this offseason and now they could lose a third. Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt could be a candidate for the offensive coordinator’s position in Cleveland.
Now, before we go too far with this, let’s say there are a lot of ifs here.
First, no one wants the Browns coaching job. Those idiots fired former coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season. They’ve had two candidates pull their name out of the running for the job. It looks like the frontrunner for the job is now Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
He’s the only guy who’s had two interviews.
So, IF he gets the job no one wants, he’s apparently high on Van Pelt.
If you’ve been following any of this nonsense, that should come as no surprise. The Bills were interested in hiring Van Pelt, who used to play for the team, to be their quarterbacks coach before any of this happened.
In Green Bay, Van Pelt is thought to be the obvious replacement for quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who left to become the Giants offensive coordinator. Kevin Greene, who resigned, is the other assistant coach the Packers need to replace.
So, let’s assume Pettine gets the Cleveland job because, well, obviously no one else wants it. If he were to come after Van Pelt, the Packers could block an interview.
Van Pelt is under contract for 2014.
The question is would they? If this were a division rival, then yes they would. They have a history of doing so.
But this isn’t a division rival and coach Mike McCarthy has always talked about how he wants his assistants to move up the ladder.
It will be interesting to watch how this one plays out.
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