GREEN BAY – If Ben McAdoo departs – be it for the Cleveland Browns’ head-coaching job he was interviewing for Wednesday or an offensive coordinator position elsewhere in the league – the Green Bay Packers would appear to have their next quarterbacks coach already on staff.
Alex Van Pelt, who just finished his second season as the team’s running backs coach, coached the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks from 2006 through 2009 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks in 2010 and 2011. He also served as the Bills’ offensive coordinator in 2009.
Van Pelt spent nine seasons as the Bills’ backup quarterback from 1995 through 2003 after playing quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh when Packers coach Mike McCarthy was an assistant with the Panthers.
McAdoo was slated to interview with the Browns in Green Bay on Wednesday but is also expected to garner interest around the league for offensive coordinator jobs.
“Ben is an excellent football coach. Obviously he’s going to have room for growth wherever it is,” Van Pelt said Wednesday during the team’s final media availability session with reporters – a session that McAdoo did not attend.
“I’m the running backs coach right now. Not to speculate on anything, (but) I’m very happy with my guys. I love my room. I really enjoy the experience the last two years of coaching running backs.
“But I work for Coach Mike and whatever Coach Mike asks me to do, I’m going to do with everything I got. Not to speculate, but if he wants me to clean the bathrooms, I’ll do that.”
Van Pelt mentored rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who set a franchise single-season record for rushing yards by a rookie (1,178) as the Packers’ run game went from No. 20 in the NFL last season to No. 7 this year.
“I was very happy with the results of the run game. I thought schematically we did some things that were positive and helped our guys be productive across the line and give good angles to block,” Van Pelt said. “That showed a lot with the productivity with the run game.
“We just need to continue to grow in those areas.”
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