Mike McCarthy’s staff with the Dallas Cowboys has started to come together since last Monday when he was announced as the team’s head coach, and there are a number of changes.
There seems to be very little holdover remaining with the team (there are definitely exceptions) as McCarthy is electing to go with a fresh start in a number of places. One of those changed has been in regards to who coaches the running backs. Dallas is reportedly not going to be retaining Gary Brown and there had been talk of the team bringing in Stan Drayton (who coached Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State) from the University of Texas.
The Cowboys were reportedly in a two-team NFL race with the Los Angeles Rams for Drayton’s services, but there was always a third option and on Wednesday morning it was reported that he is believed to be returning to Austin. The Cowboys apparently have a different plan though, a plan involving old friend Skip Peete.
The #Cowboys and new coach Mike McCarthy recently interviewed RB coach Skip Peete for their vacant RB coach job, source said. He held that position in Dallas from 2007-12 and they’ve discussed a return. Stan Drayton from #Texas is believed to be returning to UT.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2020
As noted, Peete previously coached the Dallas Cowboys running backs and has lately been coaching the same position group with the Los Angeles Rams. He’s been working with Todd Gurley in that capacity and he could be moving on to Ezekiel Elliott. That’s a couple of quality backs.
This is curious news, though. Drayton made sense as somebody who knew Elliott from way back and therefore had a relationship with him. Peete obviously has a relationship with the Cowboys organization, but that pre-dates the Mike McCarthy era. Whatever the case, it seems as if Gary Brown isn’t one of the top options.