Van Pelt catching on as Packers' quarterbacks coach

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ben McAdoo was praised for his work coaching the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks the past two seasons.

Still, not only didn't McAdoo play quarterback, he didn't play college football.

It left Aaron Rodgers and the three others that took snaps at the position in 2013 without a coach having played quarterback.

Now, the Packers have not one, but two assistant coaches that played the position tutoring the current four-man depth chart during every meeting.

“This is the first year I've been around there's been another guy that's been in there all the time, which is nice,” Matt Flynn said. “There's a lot of feedback going on in the room.”

When McAdoo left to become offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, coach Mike McCarthy shifted running backs coach Alex Van Pelt to replace him. Van Pelt played nine years of quarterback for the Buffalo Bills before coaching the position in Buffalo and Tampa Bay.

Following another staff reassignment, McCarthy interviewed candidates for an offensive quality coach. His objective was to hire an ex-quarterback.

“I wanted to get more quarterback youth in the building,” McCarthy said. “You've got to have your quarterbacks in line. I don't know if you can ever have enough of those guys.”

One of the first to be interviewed in February was David Raih, the outside receivers coach at Texas Tech. He was followed by Luke Getsy, the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan.

“David knocked it out of the park, and Luke came in the next day and hit it further,” McCarthy said. “We were so impressed with both guys that we created a position and hired them both.”

The 30-year-old Getsy, who is two months younger than Rodgers, got the quality control job.

Raih, 33, was named coaching administrator, a post that had been manned by Jason Simmons before he was promoted to defensive-special teams assistant.

Now when the quarterbacks convene, Van Pelt and Getsy are there for every session and offensive coordinator Tom Clements, a former CFL quarterback and long|-time quarterbacks coach, finds time to attend about half the time, according to Flynn.

“We have three old quarterbacks,” said Flynn. “Our guys have played quarterback. It's kind of nice to have that.”

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