Following the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff shakeup on January 16, former offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt released a brief statement upon his departure. Van Pelt, who joined the team in 2020 alongside head coach Kevin Stefanski, served as the offensive coordinator, although Stefanski handled the play-calling duties.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jake Trotter after his departure, Van Pelt kept his statement concise, saying, “On to the next one,” and added, “Proud of my time there.”

The coaching changes also affected running backs coach Stump Mitchell and tight ends coach T.C. McCartney. Trotter provided additional insights into the situation, mentioning that the Browns had initially discussed a “reassignment of roles” with Van Pelt on the coaching staff. However, both parties ultimately decided to part ways.

The decision to revamp the coaching staff is noteworthy, especially considering the Browns’ performance that exceeded expectations despite key injuries to offensive players like Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb and limited appearances by quarterback Deshaun Watson.

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While Stefanski is considered a frontrunner for NFL Coach of the Year, the move to alter the coaching staff is unusual for an award-winning coach. Van Pelt, in his final press conference before the postseason, spoke highly of Stefanski’s coaching abilities and praised his adaptability and consistency.

The Browns’ season concluded with a disappointing 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Seeking “fresh ideas on offense,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of, the Browns have opted for changes in their coaching staff.

Van Pelt, who appeared to be well-liked in the Browns locker room, received well-wishes from players like wide receiver Michael Woods following his departure.

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