Alex Van Pelt’s roles are clearly defined. He will serve as both the quarterbacks coach and the offensive coordinator with the Browns.
It remains undecided who will call the plays in Cleveland.
Van Pelt said Wednesday that new head coach Kevin Stefanski has not decided whether he or Van Pelt will serve as play-caller.
“I could easily call plays,” Van Pelt said. “I work for Kevin and am excited to do whatever role he wants me to do. Right now, I am coordinating and helping set this offense up with some good coaches.”
The Browns will run a West Coast-based offense with the zone blocking scheme of Gary Kubiak, which Stefanski used last season as the play-caller of the Vikings. They also will use play action.
“Play action will be a big part of what we do,” Van Pelt said.
Van Pelt plans to tweak the fundamentals of Baker Mayfield. That includes the quarterback’s footwork, with Van Pelt seeking for Mayfield to become more “like Mozart and not like Metallica.”
“The feet never lie,” Van Pelt said. “It all starts with the feet. Just some of the ways that we will have him drop both from under center and in the gun will change slightly to help him.”
Specifically, Van Pelt wants Mayfield to lead with his left foot out of the shotgun and on his dropbacks instead of his right foot.