The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms with Skip Peete, who will serve as the team’s running backs coach under Head Coach Jeff Fisher.
“Skip’s success in the NFL is well documented and I think our young backs will benefit from his knowledge and experience,” 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. 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 just 15 such occurrences in franchise history and rank 11th and 12th, respectively in Raiders annals. Oakland led the league in rushing in 2000 with 2,470 yards, the fifth-best single-season mark in franchise history.
Before coming to the NFL, Peete coached for 10 years in the collegiate ranks. He began his career at the University of Pittsburgh (1988-92) and went on to coach wide receivers at Michigan State (1993-94) and Rutgers (1995) and then 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.
His father, Willie, is a longtime collegiate and NFL coach and 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.