January 30, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Rams hire Skip Peete as running backs coach
The Los Angeles Rams hired former Chicago Bears running backs coach Skip Peete as their new running backs coach. “Skip’s success in the NFL is well documented and I think our young backs will benefit from his knowledge and experience,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s ready to get to work and we’re excited to have him here.” Peete joins the Rams after spending the previous three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2013-2015). In his first year with Chicago, running back Matt Forte was named to his second-career Pro Bowl after finishing second in the NFL with 1,339 rushing yards and third with 1,933 yards from scrimmage. Both were career-bests for Forte ranking ninth and fifth, respectively, in single-season franchise history and most among players other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton. Prior to coaching with the Bears, Peete spent six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2007-12). Under his watch, the Cowboys rushing attack set a franchise single-season record in 2009 with a 4.8 yards per carry average (2,103 yards on 436 attempts), which ranked second in the NFL that season. Dallas’ 131.4 rushing yards per game was seventh in the league in 2009. From 1998-2006, he oversaw the Oakland Raiders’ running backs. His father, Willie, is a longtime collegiate and NFL coach and his brother, Rodney, is a former NFL quarterback, who played 16 seasons. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.