Bennett, Van Pelt Out, Packers’ House Cleaning Continues
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has moved on to the offensive side of the football. After firing defensive coordinator Dom Capers and two defensive assistants, McCarthy has fired offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.
Edgar Bennett is out as Packers’ offensive coordinator and Alex Van Pelt is out as Packers’ QB coach, sources tell @mortreport and me.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 3, 2018
We consider this — especially the Bennett move — more surprising than Capers going or even general manager Ted Thompson being reassigned.
Bennett, a former player for the Packers and member of the team’s Hall of Fame, had been steadily moving up the coaching ranks. He joined the Packers in 2001 as the director of player development. He then spent six years as the Packers’ running backs coach. In 2011, Bennett was moved to receivers coach and he was finally promoted to offensive coordinator in 2015.
That sort of progression usually gets you a top job somewhere else, not fired.
There have been rumors that the Packers might move Bennett back to receivers coach. They do have an opening there with Luke Getsy moving on to Mississippi State. However, if Bennett isn’t gone entirely and does go back to receivers coach, that’s obviously a demotion.
Something to keep an eye on.
Van Pelt has been with the Packers since 2012. The former quarterback started off as the team’s running backs coach. He became the quarterbacks coach in 2014. McCarthy foolishly saddled Van Pelt with double duty as receivers coach in 2015. That didn’t work so well.