Browns Coach Breaks Silence: With 5-Word Statement After Firing

After the Cleveland Browns shook up their coaching staff on January 16, former offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt issued a brief statement on being let go.

Van Pelt came aboard with Kevin Stefanski in 2020, serving as the offensive coordinator. It wasn’t the typical setup for Van Pelt, who did not call the plays. That was the duty of Stefanski, who assumed the play-calling role upon arriving.

Van Pelt spoke with ESPN reporter Jake Trotter after being let go and kept it short and sweet.

“To clarify further on the Alex Van Pelt situation. Per multiple team sources, the Browns discussed a ʻreassignment of rolesʻ with [Van Pelt] on the coaching staff. But ultimately, the two sides opted to part ways,” Trotter wrote.

It’s an interesting move by the Browns, who defied expectations with multiple key injuries on offense. The Browns played the majority of the season without Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb, and quarterback Deshaun Watson played in just six games.

“He’s awesome. I’ve enjoyed every second with him. His ability to adjust and adapt with the coolness. It’s just a consistency that he brings every day,” Van Pelt said. “He’s coached a lot of football, different schemes. His ability to again, to change on a dime based on who this player, his starter is at quarterback I thought has been really remarkable. But the message, the culture he’s built here over the last four years, I’m really proud to be on his staff.”

The Browns were bounced from the postseason by the Texans in the wild-card round in embarrassing fashion, 45-14. Cleveland is seeking “fresh ideas on offense,”

Van Pelt appeared to be well-liked in the Browns locker room as a leader. Following his departure, wide receiver Michael Woods was among the players to wish him well.

The Browns have had one of the best ground games in the league under Stefanski. However, Cleveland struggled this season without Chubb. Cleveland finished the season averaging 115.2 yards rushing per game but just 3.9 yards per carry — 26th in the league.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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