LA Rams reportedly dismiss running back coach Skip Peete.
The Los Angeles Rams’ front office is apparently not very happy over their 2019 record of 9-7. When NFL front offices are unhappy, coaches lose jobs. Earlier in the day, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was informed he would not be back in 2020. Now Yahoo Sports senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson is reporting that the LA Rams no longer require the services of running backs coach Skip Peete.
This is a huge decision by the Rams. You see, running back Todd Gurley lobbied hard to retain Peete when former head coach Jeff Fisher was fired. Pushing Peete out now is sending a clear message to Gurley and the team overall.
Peete is no novice to the NFL. He served as the running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys before coming to the LA Rams. And it’s not naive to believe he will be hearing from a number of NFL and NCAA organizations inquiring for his interest to join them in the upcoming weeks.
The greater message being sent now is by head coach Sean McVay. As the youngest head coach to lead an NFL team, McVay wisely surrounded himself with veteran coordinators and position coaches to ensure he met with success. Now a veteran of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl, it’s clear that McVay has grown in his own view of his role, and is taking a larger part in the coaches who report to him going forward.
It also opens the door to questions about running back Todd Gurley’s future with the team. We had suggested that the team may put Gurley on the trading block with a “make us an offer” price tag, simply to shed about $5 Million from the teams claimed salary cap. While that was simply an option at the time, it appears that the Rams are preparing to consider this move now.