Bucs Best Offseason Move: Signing Alex Van Pelt

November 19th, 2010

josh freeman 0505fSeveral offseason moves made Bucs general manager Mark Dominik a virtual rock star inside NFL circles.

There was the thievery of drafting Mike Williams in the fourth round. There was snagging Arrelious Benn in the second round. There was scooping up Cody Grimm in the seventh round.

But an argument can be made that signing Alex Van Pelt as the Bucs quarterback coach was the most important of all.

Under Van Pelt’s tutelage, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has skyrocketed to enter the conversation of NFL Offensive MVP. Joe even remembers interviewing Peter King at the Super Bowl where King stated hiring Van Pelt was a stroke of genius.

This move is also not lost on eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune who believes it was Dominik’s sharpest transaction as Kaufman Twittered on the TBO Bucs Twitter feed.

The Bucs have made a lot of smart acquisitions in 2010 and hiring Alex Van Pelt as quarterbacks coach might be at the top of the list.

The way Freeman has played, it’s hard to argue with this logic. Freeman has even hinted that last year he has little time with Greg Olson who was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator just before the season began.

So the dots can be connected that Freeman’s ascent into near-elite status can be directly related to Van Pelt’s hiring.

4 Responses to “Bucs Best Offseason Move: Signing Alex Van Pelt”

  1. Buc You Says:

    Credit to the GM and Olson for bringing this guy in.

    Both Van Pelt and Greg Olson have proven, based on their results, to be doing a marvelous job. They deserve big extensions this off season. I really am impressed what they have been doing on the offense side of the ball.

  2. Dave Says:

    Alot of NFL people were saying Van Pelt knows his stuff. I was skeptical, but the results are there with Freeman. Looks great and Olsen is slowly expending the offense. They are both looking at extensions at this point. IT would be the best thing for the young offense: consistency from above.

  3. Gary Says:

    Wow Buc You, I actually agree. The sky must be falling.

  4. MTM Says:

    Its seems Van Pelt has really helped Freeman progress at a rapid rate. Weapons around him don’t hurt either. It amazing how good a QB looks when the receivers catch the ball. See Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady. Bad receivers will get a QB canned quickly.