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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.

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.

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10 Comments

  1. Howard January 3, 2018

    I guess you could have expected the QB coach to be sacrificed after Hundley. I thought MM was the QB whisperer? I guess not when it doesn’t go well.

    1. Cheese January 3, 2018

      Right? “Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t be who he is without McCarthy.” Oh look, after three years of training Brett Hundley looks like total shit. That’s all Alex Van Pelt’s fault!

      1. PF4L January 3, 2018

        Yea…i thought those same thoughts. It’s gotta be someone’s G Damn fault amirite?

  2. Capt. Fritter January 3, 2018

    Well, someone had to take the fall for Hundley. It sure as hell wasn’t going to be McCarthy.

  3. MJ January 3, 2018

    Our offense wasn’t particularly good at sustaining drives, even with Rodgers. The OC has to do with that. I liked Bennett as WR coach, but as OC, not so much. The OC has to cook the plays and game plan for each game, so part of our offensive failures come from there.

    1. PF4L January 3, 2018

      So…your sayin it’s on the OC….. McCarthy.

  4. KILLER January 3, 2018

    It’s… it’s… it’s a… MASSACRE!

  5. KILLER January 3, 2018

    Many still beating hearts are being tossed in the fire to please the God of Hypocrisy and Goddess of Scapegoating MM worships.

  6. Zwoeger January 4, 2018

    Why is Zook still here? Tought he would make it only one season. Was I wrong.

    1. ay hombre January 4, 2018

      No that surprise onside to start the Detroit game saved his job.