Alex Van Pelt in 2018 enters his 13th season as an NFL coach, and first with the Bengals.
Alex Van Pelt in 2018 enters his 13th season as an NFL coach, and first with the Bengals. He will be charged with leading Andy Dalton and the Bengals quarterbacks as Cincinnati transitions to a new offensive system under coordinator Bill Lazor.
Van Pelt comes to Cincinnati after spending the last six seasons with Green Bay, where he coached All Pro Aaron Rodgers and the Packers QBs the last four seasons (served as QBs/WRs coach in 2015). Van Pelt was Packers RBs coach his first two years (2012-13).
With the Packers, Van Pelt helped Rodgers become one of the top NFL players. In his four seasons working with Green Bay’s QBs, Rodgers passed for 125 TDs (tied for second most in the NFL) and had three straight seasons (2014-17) of 500-plus attempts with eight or fewer INTs, the longest streak in league history (did not record 500 attempts in ’17 due to injury).
Last season, Van Pelt helped guide Green Bay through a Week 6 injury to Rodgers that resulted in backup Brett Hundley starting 10 games.
Under Van Pelt in 2016, Rodgers ranked No. 1 in the NFL with 40 TD passes, on the way to his sixth career Pro Bowl selection. Rodgers set a franchise single-season record for completions with 401 and ranked, No. 4 in passer rating (104.2). Rodgers became just the second QB in NFL history (Tom Brady, 2015) to post 600-plus attempts and seven or fewer INTs in a season.
In 2015, Van Pelt served as QBs/WRs coach. He helped Rodgers to another Pro Bowl season in which he tied for the league lead in completions of 25-plus yards (39) and ranked third in TD/INT ratio (3.88) and INT percentage (1.40). With 572 attempts and just eight INTs, Rodgers posted his fifth season with 500-plus attempts and eight or fewer INTs, the most in NFL history.
In 2014, his first season leading Green Bay’s QBs, Van Pelt helped Rodgers to his second career NFL Most Valuable Player award (AP) and a Pro Bowl berth. Van Pelt guided him to a No. 2 league ranking in passer rating (112.2), No. 3 in TD passes (38), No. 1 in TD/INT ratio (7.60, 38/5) and No. 2 in yards per attempt (8.43). He was the only QB in the league to finish in the top three in all four of those categories. Rodgers posted 13 zero-INT games, the third-most in league history, and registered eight games on the season with three-plus TDs/zero INTs, tying Brady (2007) for the single-season NFL record.
In 2013, as RBs coach for the Packers, Van Pelt helped three different running backs to 100-yard games — Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin and James Starks. Lacy also earned a Pro Bowl nod and was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year (AP).
Prior to his time in Green Bay, Van Pelt was QBs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he helped develop Josh Freeman, who threw for a combined 7043 yards from 2010-11, the most passing yards by a Tampa Bay QB over a two-year period to that point in franchise annals.
Prior to his time in Tampa Bay, Van Pelt spent four seasons (2006-09) on the Buffalo Bills’ coaching staff. He served as offensive quality control coach from 2006-07 and QBs coach from ’08-09. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in September 2009.
In 2006, Van Pelt served as QBs coach/passing coordinator with the University at Buffalo. In 2005, he volunteered with the Bills as an offensive quality control coach after spending the 2005 NFL Europe season as the Frankfurt Galaxy’s QBs coach.
Van Pelt originally was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and later signed with Buffalo as a free agent in 1995. He spent his entire nine-year career (1995-2003) with the Bills and played in 31 games with 11 starts while amassing 2,985 yards passing and 16 touchdowns.
In college, Van Pelt was a four-year starter (1989-92) at the University of Pittsburgh, where he set Pitt career records for most passing yards (11,267), completions (867) and attempts (1503). He became only the fifth collegiate player to throw for 2000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
Born May 1, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Van Pelt and his wife, Brooke, have two daughters, Payton Dale and Katherine Paige, and son, Jack MacGregor.
Playing and coaching history: 1989-92—Played quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh. 1995-2003—Played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. 2005—Assistant coach (AC), Frankfurt Galaxy (NFLE). 2005—Volunteer AC, Buffalo Bills. 2006—AC, University at Buffalo. 2006-09—AC, Buffalo Bills. 2009—Offensive coordinator, Buffalo Bills. 2010-11—AC, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2012-17—AC, Green Bay Packers. 2018—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.