Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Rodgers likes Van Pelt as QB coach
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers knows what he’s getting in his next quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback has worked indirectly with Van Pelt for the past two seasons, when Van Pelt served as running backs coach.
Although Packers coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t announced any staff changes yet, he plans to make Van Pelt the new quarterbacks coach to replace Ben McAdoo, who was hired last month as the New York Giants' offensive coordinator.
“As far as Alex is concerned, him and I have been good buddies from his first day here,” Rodgers said on his ESPN 540 Milwaukee radio show this week.
Van Pelt has something McAdoo did not -- NFL playing experience. Van Pelt spent nine season with the Buffalo Bills, mostly as a backup quarterback. McAdoo never played the position at any level. Van Pelt also has previous experience as a quarterbacks coach, having served in that capacity for both the Bills (2008-09) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-11). McAdoo came up as a tight ends coach.
Rodgers also has heard good things about Van Pelt from former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“Ryan and I are friends in the league, and Ryan got to play for Alex,” Rodgers said. "From the start, I’ve heard good things about him. Alex gets the game. He played the position and if he’s the guy, I know it’s going to be a really smooth transition, and we’d have a lot of fun together.”