Skip Peete, 57, is the new running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Peete has been coaching since 1988 and has been coaching in the NFL since 1998. Peete has coached for four different franchises, including a previous stint with the Cowboys (2007-2012).
Peete is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and comes from a family that has been highly involved with the NFL . He is the brother of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and his father, Willie Peete coached running backs for the Chicago Bears from 1995 to 1997 before moving to the scouting department.
Before transitioning to an NFL coach, Peete coach at four college universities, including Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Rutgers and UCLA. At those stops, most of his coaching experience was as running backs coach, however, he was the wide receivers coach at Michigan State and Rutgers.
His entire NFL coaching experience has been coaching the running backs.
When coach Peete was in Oakland (1998-2006), Tyrone Wheatley and LaMont Jordan recorded career highs in rushing yards in 2000 and 2005, respectively.
In 2007, Marian Barber made his only Pro Bowl in Peetes first year as the Cowboys running backs coach. Barber rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns. Then, in 2008 the Cowboys running backs averaged a franchise record 4.8 yard per carry.
Peetes most recent stop was in Los Angeles with the Rams (2016-2019). Todd Gurley was a huge part of Peete remaining with the Rams when head coach Sean McVay took over before in 2017. That move paid off as Gurley was the Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pro in 2017 and was an All-Pro again in 2018.
After the Rams struggled to run the ball in 2019, Rams GM Les Snead said they wanted to get back to running the ball efficiency going forward. Peetes departure came as a bit of a surprise because Snead also said that Gurley wasn’t the same back in 2019.
Peetes biggest challenge will be finding enough time for Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
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