Skip Peete, a veteran of 19 seasons as an NFL assistant, will coach the Rams’ running backs. Peete’s group is led by Todd Gurley, who has compiled 1,991 rushing yards and 515 receiving yards in 29 games.
Prior to his arrival in Los Angeles, Peete spent two seasons as the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears. In his two years with the Bears (2013-14), Matt Forte led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (3,779) and was fourth in the league in rushing yards (2,377). Forte’s 22 total touchdowns during those two seasons ranked 10th in the NFL. Peete also worked with Forte in his receiving game, as his 176 receptions during those two seasons were eighth-most in the NFL overall and top amongst running backs. Forte’s 1,402 receiving yards during those two seasons were also best among NFL running backs.
In 2014, Peete helped Forte set an NFL single-season record for receptions by a running back with 102. Under Peete’s tutelage, Forte added 1,038 rushing yards in 2014 to become one-of-two players in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 100 receptions in a single season along with LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers, 2003).
In 2013, with the aid of Peete’s coaching, 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. With Peete’s guidance, Forte added a career-best nine rushing touchdowns in 2013, which were tied for the sixth most in the NFL and his 12 overall touchdowns also tied a career-high.
Peete joined the Bears after a six-year stint as running backs coach with the Dallas Cowboys (2007-12). During his tenure in Dallas, 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. His 2011 squad finished with the ninth-highest rushing average in franchise history at 4.4 yards per attempt (1,807 yards on 408 carries).
In 2009, under Peete’s guidance, RB Felix Jones established a single-season franchise mark averaging 5.9 yards per carry (685 yards on 116 attempts). His rushing average led the league in 2009 and is 10th highest in NFL single-season annals among running backs since the 1970 merger. RB DeMarco Murray’s 5.5 rushing average (897 yards on 164 attempts) in 2011 is third-highest in single-season franchise history and was third-highest in the NFL that season (second amongst running backs). It is the seventh highest rushing average by a rookie since 1970 and fifth highest during that time among rookie running backs.
In his first season with the club in 2007, Peete helped Marion Barber earn his first career Pro Bowl nod as Barber rushed for a career-high 975 rushing yards to go along with 10 touchdowns.
Prior to his time in Dallas, Peete spent nine seasons (1998- 2006) coaching running backs with the Oakland Raiders. During that time, Peete directed Tyrone Wheatley (1,046 in 2000) and LaMont Jordan (1,025 in 2005) to career highs in rushing yards. The 1,000-yard rushing seasons are two of 14 such occurrences in franchise history and rank 10th and 11th, respectively in Raiders annals. Oakland led the league in rushing in 2000 averaging 154.4 yards per game, ninth best in franchise history.
During the Raiders 2002 AFC Championship season, Charlie Garner had 941 receiving yards on 91 receptions, fourth and fifth most all-time in NFL single-season history among running backs.
Before coming to the NFL, Peete spent 10 seasons (1988-1997) in the collegiate coaching ranks. He began his career at the University of Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant in 1988 before coaching the wide receivers for two seasons. He was the Panthers running backs coach for his final two seasons at Pittsburgh, coaching future NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin. Peete went on to coach the wide receivers at Michigan State (1993-94) and Rutgers (1995) before coaching the running backs at UCLA for two seasons (1996-97).
Collegiately, Peete played two seasons at Arizona (1981- 82) before transferring to Kansas. During his time at Kansas, Peete was an All-Big Eight wide receiver (1985) and was voted team captain in his senior year of 1986. He played wide receiver and special teams for one season in the NFL with the New York Jets.
Peete’s father, Willie, is a longtime college and NFL coach. His brother, Rodney, is a former NFL quarterback, who played 16 seasons. A Phoenix native, Peete and his wife, Rebeca, have twins, son Reeco and daughter Gisele.