Garrett must have been serious because on Monday, the team told running backs coach Skip Peete that he had been relieved of his duties and would not return in 2013. If you recall, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said uncomfortable changes were coming, and this appears to be the first of more to come.
The Cowboys’ 1,265 rushing yards in 2012 marked a franchise low, and while Peete played a role in that story, I don’t think he was the problem. No, the problem is the disastrous offensive line, which Jones assembled, the glass-like fragile running back, which Jones wants to be an every-down back, the failed Lawrence Vickers experiment and the fact that the play calling was often dictated by having to play from behind, no thanks to Rob Ryan’s defense.
I said in a previous article that the Cowboys needed to rid themselves of Ryan after a second consecutive season during which his defense was more bark than bite, and people were quick to say, “oh, the injuries were too much for him to overcome.” So, let me ask you this: If that’s the case for Ryan, why is it not the same for Peete?
In my opinion, the Cowboys would benefit more from having a running back who can stay on the field more than nine games a season, than from firing their running backs coach. Plain and simple, Peete was the victim of Jones having to fire someone to make it look as if he’s addressing the problem.