While current Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt was loosely linked to Pitt’s offensive coordinator opening this week, with the Browns in Pittsburgh earlier this week for Monday Night Football, he did not meet with head coach Pat Narduzzi — nor speak with anyone in the program.
Van Pelt said he hasn’t spoken to anybody from the University of Pittsburgh regarding Pitt’s open offensive coordinator position, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported.
#Browns OC Alex Van Pelt said he hasn’t spoken to anybody from the University of Pittsburgh about a job despite a report that surfaced on Monday.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 6, 2022
Van Pelt spent four seasons as Pitt’s starting quarterback from 1989-92, and he set Pitt’s career passing yardage record — a mark that had stood untouched until the conclusion of Kenny Pickett’s super-senior season this year.
After his time at Pitt, Van Pelt spent nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL before transitioning to coaching.
Van Pelt spent a handful of seasons with the Bills in a variety of positions, including offensive coordinator in 2009, before spending two seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach from 2010-11.
Upon leaving Tampa, Van Pelt’s long-tenured team became the Green Bay Packers. Van Pelt built a rapport with Aaron Rodgers, spending 2012-13 as the running backs coach and 2014-17 as the quarterbacks coach.
He spent two seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach from 2018-19 before taking over as the Browns offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.
Despite a dysfunctional season for Van Pelt, head coach Kevin Stefanski and the Browns’ offense, Van Pelt has expressed his happiness in Cleveland.
Pitt will need to turn elsewhere to fill the offensive coordinator void left by Mark Whipple’s departure to Nebraska. While many would like a fresh, innovative voice as Pitt’s offensive coordinator, with Brennan Marion’s exit to Texas and Narduzzi’s propensity to target veteran options, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
With the American Football Coaches Association convention beginning in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 9, perhaps Narduzzi will iron out his decision after meeting with some potential assistants early next week.