Report: Rams seek permission to speak with Van Pelt
With the season officially over, so begins the offseason for the Green Bay Packers.
On the heels of a devastating collapse in the NFC championship game, the St. Louis Rams reportedly have submitted a request to interview quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt for their offensive coordinator opening, according to NFL Network and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Van Pelt, 44, just completed his third season with the organization and his first coaching Aaron Rodgers. He reportedly was high on Mike Pettine's list for the same post in Cleveland last offseason, but agreed to coach Green Bay's quarterbacks after spending his first two years leading the running back room.
It's uncertain whether Van Pelt is under contract for next season. If so, the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy could block any interview that isn't for a head-coaching position. His predecessor, Ben McAdoo, didn't renew his contract last year and eventually landed as the offensive coordinator with the New York Giants.
Van Pelt and McCarthy go way back to their time together at University of Pittsburgh where McCarthy was Van Pelt's position coach. When Van Pelt was let go in Tampa Bay in 2011, McCarthy immediately scooped him up.
The Rams are looking to replace Brian Schottenheimer, who recently accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Georgia. According to the same reports, they've also asked to speak with Indianapolis special assistant Rob Chudzinski, who coached the Browns in 2013.
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