Some quarterback coaches are expected to do some teaching, but that won’t be the case for Alex Van Pelt with the Packers.
He’s moving over from running backs coach in the wake of Ben McAdoo’s departure for the Giants, but there’s not much to teach Aaron Rodgers about an offense that he’s been running and running well for several years. Instead, Van Pelt will focus on coming up with new ways to challenge Rodgers in order to bring out his best on the field.
“You definitely have to find ways to stimulate him even on the basic principles of the offense,” Van Pelt said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You find ways to challenge and stimulate him. That goes for any great player that’s been in that position for a long time. How many times can you hear the coaching points for “200 Jet Dragon”? You’ve been hearing it from day one of your football life. Now, let’s try to find another way to challenge him, to stimulate your brain to play better.”
Van Pelt backed up Jim Kelly during his playing days, which might offer him some insight about how to keep a veteran quarterback operating at a high level. Maintenance isn’t the sexiest of job descriptions, but it’s the most important part of Van Pelt’s role in Green Bay.