Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that there were going to be changes to the team this offseason and reports indicate that the first one has been made.
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that running backs coach Skip Peete has been relieved of his duties. Peete had been with the Cowboys since 2007 and, per Hill, was surprised by the move.
The reason for his surprise is that starting running back DeMarco Murray missed a big chunk of the season with a foot injury, the second straight year that Murray was sidelined by injury, and that the offensive line performed poorly all season. That contributed to a team record for the fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season and an observation from Garrett during his postmortem on the season that the team needed to be more effective running the ball.
Jones promised to make things “uncomfortable” around the organization. Peete’s departure might be making other assistants a little tenser, but the changes will have to keep coming for the Cowboys to show serious improvement come next season.