The parting shouts of Turk Schonert were followed by a whisper that Alex Van Pelt, QB Coach and former Bills Quarterback, would be calling the shots. Those whispers have been confirmed.
Schonert, who blasted Jauron in the media saying “He wants a ‘Pop Warner’ offense,” and “limited me in formations, and limited me in plays,” was fired last Friday. Turk was the third NFL Offensive Coordinator fired before the start of the regular season. Under Schonert’s control the offense in Buffalo was stagnant, consistently finishing in the bottom third of almost every major offensive category.
Jauron, who has many critics of his own, had this to say on the firing:
“I think that it’s pretty obvious when you make a decision you know when you should do it. I wasn’t thinking about firing him three days ago. I wasn’t thinking about it two weeks ago. But when you start thinking about it I think you need to move on it and do something. So when I started thinking about it I gave it a good deal of thought and did it. Clearly I believe it’s the right thing to do. It’s just a decision I needed to make I felt and made it.”
Van Pelt has admitted his nerves over the new promotion, but also has the support of many players including Lee Evans and Trent Edwards. Alex alluded to the fact that he would not likely be changing the Bills’ schemes, but rather just implementing his personal expertise as to when and how those plays are called.
“It’s just the personality that it takes on is the guy calling the plays,” Van Pelt said, “I don’t think you have to change the plays. I think they’re all good plays. We’re running the same thing that a lot of other people run in this league it’s just how you call it that makes you a little bit different.”