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Van Pelt's 'work ethic' impressed Bucs and Olson



Alex Van Pelt has been a part of the Buffalo Bills organization as a player or coach for about 16 years. You don't have that kind of longevity with one team unless you know how to work, according to Bucs offensive coordinator Greg OIson.

The Bucs offically announced Thursday that Van Pelt has been hired to work with first-round pick Josh Freeman and the team's other quarterbacks.

"I think his experience as a player is a plus,'' Olson said. "He's coached and played under some impressive head coaches, starting with Paul Hackett at Pittsburgh. He played behind some good quarterbacks as a player, so he was able to see a lot. He's a very intelligent person.

"Obviously, the fact he was able to stay with the same organization, speaks volumes. In a backup role, you won’t stay unless the staff is impressed with your work ethic.''

Freeman arrived at One Buc Place on Thursday and met with Ven Pelt, Olson said. He will provide a sounding board for the Bucs' franchise quarterback as Olson devotes most of his time toward coordinating the offense.

"The important thing is to always have a set of eyes on the quarterback,'' OIson said. "That can be especially true with a young quarterback.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:55pm]


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