Reports: Packers fire OC Bennett, QB coach Van Pelt
Field Level Media
The Green Bay Packers have fired offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, according to multiple reports.
The moves represent the latest fallout after Green Bay finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Earlier in the week, the Packers announced that general manager Ted Thompson would transition to another role in the organization and defensive coordinator Dom Capers would not return.
Bennett, 48, spent the past three seasons as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator, though head coach Mike McCarthy has been the team’s playcaller throughout that span. Bennett also spent six years as the team’s running backs coach and four years as its wide receivers coach. As a player, he rushed for 3,992 yards and 21 touchdowns during a seven-year career with the Packers and Chicago Bears from 1992 to 1999.
The Packers ranked No. 26 in total offense this season with 305.7 yards per game. Bennett and his players were hampered by the prolonged absence of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who missed nine games because of a broken collarbone.
Van Pelt, 47, spent the past six seasons on Green Bay’s coaching staff, including the past four years as quarterbacks coach. He also has served as an assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills.