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Packers changed QB coach without consulting Rodgers

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The Sports Xchange
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shouts out a play during a game against the Chicago Bears in September. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shouts out a play during a game against the Chicago Bears in September. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

The Green Bay Packers opted against retaining quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, and the move apparently was made without consulting Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers said some of the Packers' offseason coaching changes were "a little strange" when he appeared on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo on Thursday.

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"Well my quarterback coach didn't get retained," the 34-year-old Rodgers said. "I thought that was an interesting change, really without consulting me. There's a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach, and that was an interesting decision."

The Packers made several changes after missing the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Team president Mark Murphy replaced general manager Ted Thompson with Brian Gutekunst, while coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett as well as several other assistants.

McCarthy indicated last month that Van Pelt opted to let his contract expire in order to pursue an offensive coordinator position -- a move that would prevent the Packers from blocking him from other jobs.

Van Pelt, who has since been hired by the Cincinnati Bengals, spent the last four seasons as Green Bay's quarterbacks coach.

The Packers, in turn, hired former New York Giants assistant Frank Cignetti Jr. as their new quarterbacks coach.

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