Report: Packers Deny Rams Request to Interview Alex Van Pelt

The Packers quarterbacks coach will apparently stay in place to tutor Aaron Rodgers in 2015.

The Green Bay Packers denied a request by the St. Louis Rams to interview quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Packers are intent on keeping Van Pelt, who replaced Ben McAdoo as quarterbacks coach in 2014 and helped quarterback Aaron Rodgers have one of his best seasons.

Van Pelt, like McAdoo a year ago before taking a position as the New York Giants' offensive coordinator, is considered an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks.

The fact the Rams wanted to interview him despite him having coached quarterbacks for just one season is an indication of how well he is regarded.

It's been common practice for the Packers to deny other teams to assistants under contract.

Only when a team wants to interview for their head coaching position do they not have to request permission.

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Evan's picture

January 22, 2015 at 09:06 am

I'm really torn on that. Selfishly, I want to keep the staff in place as much as possible. But I do think it's shitty not to let a guy interview for a promotion.

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JimTaylor31's picture

January 22, 2015 at 09:11 am

Same here. If this was a lateral move I could understand. Seems like these moves may make it difficult to attract top assistants if they know they'll get fenced in for promotions. If Slocum was to get canned and we inquire about another team's assistant we may find out it works both ways.

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JimTaylor31's picture

January 22, 2015 at 09:11 am

Same here. If this was a lateral move I could understand. Seems like these moves may make it difficult to attract top assistants if they know they'll get fenced in for promotions. If Slocum was to get canned and we inquire about another team's assistant we may find out it works both ways.

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murphy's picture

January 22, 2015 at 11:18 am

Business as usual.

"Thompson and McCarthy have a long history of denying teams permission to interview their assistant coaches. Tom Clements, Edgar Bennett, Joe Whitt, Darren Perry, James Campen and McAdoo were all denied chances to interview with other teams."

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 22, 2015 at 06:01 pm

They also usually extend and/or guarantee their contracts in return.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

January 22, 2015 at 11:45 am

Wonder how that approach affects other coaches' decision to come to Green Bay?

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L's picture

January 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Well they are under contract so it makes sense to me. If these assistants wanted to be available for position promotions (in going to other teams) then they should be signing one year deals instead of multi-year deals. I'm sure the Packers are looking to have some sort of consistency and continuity at their assistant coach positions if they're grading out well.

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