The New England Patriots, after mutually agreeing to part ways with the greatest coach of all time, Bill Belichick, decided to promptly hire his replacement, former Patriots linebackers coach, Jerod Mayo.
New Faces For The New England Patriots Offensive Staff
After questions loomed on the offensive side of the ball, former offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien, has already been hired as the new OC of Ohio State, in attempt to finally mitigate their domination by the Michigan defense over the past three years.
Although it was always a long shot for the former Houston Texans head coach and general manager to return to New England after a dismal first season back in the National Football League, now the first major hire since the end of the Bill Belichick era has been revealed, per Tom Pelissero.
The #Patriots are hiring Alex Van Pelt as their offensive coordinator, per sources.
A former NFL quarterback and longtime respected assistant, Van Pelt spent the past four seasons as the #Browns’ OC. Now he fills a big spot on Jerod Mayo’s staff in New England. pic.twitter.com/WCg3pIL7eg
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 1, 2024
Who Is Alex Van Pelt
Alex Van Pelt has a strong background on the offensive side of the ball, having been one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite coaches before eventually moving on to the Cleveland Browns, where he served as OC from 2020-23, where he oversaw the Browns make the playoffs and win a playoff game for the first time in nearly 3 decades.
He is credited in the development of Baker Mayfield, and has helped shape a Browns offense, along with offensive minded head coach, Kevin Stefanski, that vastly overperformed in 2023; a year in which Cleveland went through four different starters at football’s most important position.
AVP The New Face Of New England’s Offense
Van Pelt will be charged with reinvigorating a stagnant New England offense, which could well seek to find a new quarterback at their helm after poor performances by both incumbent starter, Mac Jones, and backup, Bailey Zappe.
Let’s see if AVP can bring some life into one of the league’s most depleted units, and bring the days of strong offense back to the North East!