Inside The Bills

Report: AVP possible QB coach candidate

Posted by Chris Brown on January 16, 2014 – 10:25 am

The Green Bay Packers could be shuffling their coaching staff around a bit after the departure of quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who accepted the offensive coordinator post with the New York Giants this week. Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt is rumored to be a candidate to shift to the quarterback coaching job for Green Bay. But there’s a report that Buffalo may also be interested in him as a quarterback coaching option.

That according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who quoted Van Pelt saying the following when asked about possibly shifting to coach quarterbacks with the Packers.

“Obviously, I’m quarterback-trained, so it’d be natural,” Van Pelt said. “But I’m having a lot of fun coaching these guys (Packers running backs).”

The Journal-Sentinel report went on to say the following about Van Pelt’s future.

A source said the Bills were interested in hiring Van Pelt as quarterbacks coach but, with a year remaining on his contract in Green Bay, it’s unlikely McCarthy would let him go.

Van Pelt has a very close relationship with McCarthy, who was his quarterbacks coach in college for three seasons at Pitt. Of course Van Pelt also has a tight relationship with Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, having both served on Dick Jauron’s staff with the Bills. Van Pelt was quarterbacks coach while Hackett was the offensive quality control coach.

Hackett currently serves as Bills offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

McCarthy has a history of holding onto his assistants. He had previously denied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers permission to interview now departed assistant Ben McAdoo (NY Giants OC) from interviewing for their offensive coordinator post in 2012.

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