The Cleveland Browns hired Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their head coach today. Shortly after that announcement was made, Jason La Canfora reported that Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt had agreed to stay with the Packers, where he will take over as quarterbacks coach.
Pettine had reportedly coveted Van Pelt for the offensive coordinator position in Cleveland. However, he’s still under contract with the Packers for one more season.
So even if Pettine wanted Van Pelt for the job, the Packers could have refused to let him go. The Packers apparently made sure it didn’t get to that point by giving Van Pelt the higher profile title of quarterbacks coach.
In Green Bay, Van Pelt takes over for Ben McAdoo, who left to become the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants last week.
Van Pelt played quarterback in the NFL for 10 years, all with the Buffalo Bills.