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    Rams part ways with running backs coach Skip Peete

    The Rams announced Monday afternoon that they are parting ways with running backs coach Skip Peete.

    "When I came to the Rams in 2017, our running backs had a unanimous vote of confidence for Skip Peete to lead our running back corps," Rams head coach Sean McVay said in a statement. "Since then, he has helped our running backs to make great strides in the last three years, and his more than 20 years of coaching experience was imperative in our offensive growth. Thank you to Coach Peete, his wife Rebeca, and their family and I wish them continued success."

    Peete's impact on Los Angeles' backfield was highlighted by running back Todd Gurley.

    Working directly with Gurley, Peete helped the former Georgia star lead the league in scrimmage yards (2,093), in addition to finishing second in rushing yards (1,305) in 2017. Gurley was an MVP candidate that season and also brought home Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year accolades after a career-year in his third NFL season. Additionally, Gurley became the first Ram to win Offensive Player of the Year since Marshall Faulk in 2001.

    In 2018, Gurley led the NFL in touchdowns for the second straight year, finishing with 21 after 19 in 2017. This past season, Gurley tied Marshall Faulk for most career rushing touchdowns in franchise history with 58 after collecting 12 in 15 games.

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    • #3
      Hey, looks like the Rams FO / HC is getting busy early! ...As it should be.

      Lonnnng way to go but it's a start.

      Go RAMS !

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      • #4
        I think this move has more to do with the lack of development by Darrell Henderson than anything else. Excuse me but what is Skip Peete going to teach Todd Gurley about the RB position 2 years after Gurley entered the NFL and had a stellar career at Georgia.

        I will also speculate that the Rams may be signaling that their pick in round 2 or 3 may be a running back. That means Gurley may be leaving. Haven't seen a whole lot of Alabama games but those I have seen, Najee Harris has impressed me. Just sayin'.

        We still have Malcolm Brown as a safety valve. Certainly not a #1, but could be better with the right kind of blocking.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
          I think this move has more to do with the lack of development by Darrell Henderson than anything else. Excuse me but what is Skip Peete going to teach Todd Gurley about the RB position 2 years after Gurley entered the NFL and had a stellar career at Georgia.

          I will also speculate that the Rams may be signaling that their pick in round 2 or 3 may be a running back. That means Gurley may be leaving. Haven't seen a whole lot of Alabama games but those I have seen, Najee Harris has impressed me. Just sayin'.

          We still have Malcolm Brown as a safety valve. Certainly not a #1, but could be better with the right kind of blocking.
          Your first sentence nails it. The idea going into the season, despite the Rams' staunch denials, was to lighten Gurley's workload and incorporate the other backs a little more. Henderson was ostensibly drafted for just that purpose, and he did very little this year, as did Brown for that matter. That spells trouble for any position coach hoping to keep his job.

          it is conceivable that along with a couple of new position coaches the Rams may have not one but TWO new coordinators in 2020 if McVay chooses to bring another offensive guy into the fold.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
            It is conceivable that along with a couple of new position coaches the Rams may have not one but TWO new coordinators in 2020 if McVay chooses to bring another offensive guy into the fold.

            A new Rams DC and a much needed Rams OC? Combo K-E-Y 2020!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
              I will also speculate that the Rams may be signaling that their pick in round 2 or 3 may be a running back.
              Considering they don't have a pick in the first and a lot of holes to address, it would be tough to spend a Day Two pick on a RB when the team just did that last season.

              Sure, Henderson didn't have the same kind of impact as fellow third round rookies like Montgomery, Singletary, or even Mattison, and maybe that's partly because of his own slow development (pure speculation), but I don't think you go back to the well just yet.

              To me, assuming Gurley goes nowhere - and it would take some cap magic IMO to make that happen without eating some major dead money - the Rams' backfield should be set. The missing piece will be finding the coach that knows how to maximize what the team gets out of them.

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              • #8
                Additional play calling to throw to gurley (or whoever else) out of the backfield more and a LOT better run blocking will help the running backs look a lot better. I dont care who our running backs coach was this year, it was not going to make any material difference given the pathetic run blocking we saw for the entire season.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nick View Post

                  Considering they don't have a pick in the first and a lot of holes to address, it would be tough to spend a Day Two pick on a RB when the team just did that last season.

                  Sure, Henderson didn't have the same kind of impact as fellow third round rookies like Montgomery, Singletary, or even Mattison, and maybe that's partly because of his own slow development (pure speculation), but I don't think you go back to the well just yet.

                  To me, assuming Gurley goes nowhere - and it would take some cap magic IMO to make that happen without eating some major dead money - the Rams' backfield should be set. The missing piece will be finding the coach that knows how to maximize what the team gets out of them.
                  Your reasoning is sound, but I just feel the Rams to succeed will need to amp up their run game close to where is was in 2017 & 2018. That may require them to make some risky bets (not a first for them) involving the RB position. If Gurley remains on the team, then it may be difficult to move in that direction. I rate the chances of Gurley being a Ram in 2020 at slightly less than 50%. Unless we establish a really great run blocking corps, which we should do anyway, Gurley will have the same season he just had and that's not worth the money he's getting paid. If he gets restructured, then maybe there's a chance he remains a Ram.

                  The money will drive a a lot of decisions this off-season. When you say a "lot of holes" to address I assume you expect that we will not be re-signing most of our FA's. Which underscores my comment about the money driving decisions.

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