Packers add Alex Van Pelt as running backs coach

The Packers have announced several changes to their offensive coaching staff, flowing from the departure of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and the promotion of quarterbacks coach Tom Clements into the job previously held by Phibin.

As expected, former tight ends coach Ben McAdoo will be the new quarterbacks coach.  McAdoo’s position will be filled by Jerry Fontenot, who slides over from running backs coach.  And Fontenot’s spot will be filled by Alex Van Pelt, who spent the last two years coaching quarterbacks in Tampa.  Van Pelt was the Bills’ offensive coordinator in 2009.  He spent nine seasons as a quarterback with the Bills after a four-year stint as the starter at Pitt.

Also, John Rushing will work as offensive assistant/special teams and Joel Hilgenberg will work as assistant offensive line coach.

18 responses to “Packers add Alex Van Pelt as running backs coach

  1. The last time the Pills Berry Doe Boy (Alex Van Pelt) was in shape was the first year Gregg Williams coached him – Williams said he had to start looking like an NFL QB.

  2. I remember going to a Gophers-Pitt game at the Metrodome when Van Pelt was the Panthers’ QB, must have been ’91 or ’92….VP looked like he was going to be a good one, especially after having broke all of Marino’s records. Too bad that he now looks like the twin of the late, great Tim Russert….and I don’t get how a QB can be a great RB coach either, but hey, Mike Tomlin was a WR in college and he was a decent defensive backs coach in the NFL.

  3. It’s always weird to me when someone is a position coach for a position they didn’t play.

    Presumably if one wants to be a head coach, one must be familiar with how each position works. But it’s still weird.

  4. AVP will do a good job anywhere they put him. Eventually he will be a Head Coach somewhere in the NFL.

  5. Wish him luck. Grant is old and a has been, Starks is ok when he isn’t hurt which is often. Seine may be a keeper and they have another back who got hurt catching a ball in the endzone.
    If they can get this guy a quick back and dump Grant, they could be decent at least or improved.

  6. it seems it would make more sense to hire an x running back to coach the running backs. this guy was a qb. he would be a qb coach if logic says.right? maybe he knows the x’s and o’s of the running game, i don’t know, but anything would be an improvement the way the packers run the ball, don’t yah think?? dah! come on aboard, and good luck working with some average running backs. you think some day they will ever get a jim taylor, paul hourning,or even an edgar bennett? can’t really remember some of the other guys, but the packers have had some pretty darn good running backs in the past, and not even that long ago, what the poop happened? plenty of teams out there have there running back, why cant we get one? is that too much to ask,thompson?

  7. The coaching carousel never stops.

    These moves do seem a little curious with the TE coach becoming the new QB coach, the RB coach becomes the new TE coach and a former QB coach becomes the new RB coach.

    The offense has players galore so they will still be running on all cylinders next year as long as Rodgers is healthy.

    I am really interested to see how they change the defensive coaching. Lots of talent and experience on that side of the ball but terrible production.

  8. Guys you need to use your brains on this one…

    The reason for the switch is so the staff can gain experience at each position.. McCarthy is doing his staff members a favor by preparing them for the next step, offensive coordinator.

  9. Actually a former QB as the RB coach makes a lot of sense.

    You really don’t have to coach a guy how to run or to hit a hole, most RB’s have that figured out by the time they get to the NFL.

    What a RB MUST be able to do in the Packers’ offense is pick up a blitz to protect Aaron.

    A former QB would probably be better at teaching a RB how to recognize and pick up a blitz than some old retired RB who last played in the NFL when it WASN’T such a blitz heavy/passing league.

    It makes sense to have a QB teach the RBs that when looked at it from that perspective. GB isn’t looking for a RB to rush for 1600 yards and grind the clock, they would LOVE to have a RB who can get yards when needed but spends 85% of their time blocking and picking up blitzes or providing a safety outlet for an AR pass. A former QB is going to understand what the QB needs in that respect better than some retired RB who last played in the “3 yards and a cloud of dust” league – just doesn’t work that way anymore.

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