Another Coach With Aaron Rodgers Ties Now Available to Jets

Aaron Rodgers' former coach is free after four seasons in Cleveland
Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), quarterbacks coach
Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), quarterbacks coach / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Van Pelt is now on the open market. Van Pelt was relieved of his duties as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach of the Cleveland Browns after four seasons.

Despite starting five different quarterbacks, the Browns finished the season ranked 16th in total offense (335.9) and tied for 10th in scoring offense (23.3).

Van Pelt and New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers have some history together from their time in Green Bay. The Pennsylvania native was the Packers quarterbacks coach from 2014-2017.

In those four seasons, Rodgers threw for 14,305 passing yards, 125 passing touchdowns, and just 26 interceptions. When Van Pelt was let go by the Packers, the California product wasn't thrilled.

During an appearance on ESPN Radio's Golic and Wingo in 2018, Rodgers said, "Well, my quarterback coach didn't get retained. I thought that was an interesting change, really without consulting me. There's a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach, and that was an interesting decision."

The four-time MVP wasn't keen on Van Pelt being let go by his former club due to their close bond. Their paths now have a chance to cross again in New York.

New York's offense struggled tremendously with Rodgers sitting on the sidelines nursing his torn Achilles. The Jets finished the season 31st in the NFL in total offense (268.6), 30th in pass offense (171.7), and 29th in points per game (15.8).

The Jets' offense can use any boost or influx of talented individuals for the 2024 campaign. Especially, in a year where it's playoffs or bust. Rodgers and Van Pelt have a great relationship which is something Joe Douglas should consider.

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