According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr., the Cowboys fired longtime running backs coach Skip Peete. He speculated that the move "does not bode well" for Ezekiel Elliott's future with the team.
Peete, who previously worked on Wade Phillips' staff from 2007 to 2012, returned for a second stint in 2020. Elliott's enormous workload declined during those three seasons, but he remained heavily involved with 276 touches per year.
"I've always felt - at that position - you've always gotta have two guys that help each other," Peete said after Week 8. "And it helps if the running styles are a little bit different. The contrast presents a different effect to the defense. I learned that a long time ago."
After seven seasons, the Cowboys may move on from Elliott to cut costs.Elliott will have the position's second-highest cap hit ($16.7 million) behind Aaron Jones in 2023. The 27-year-old no longer justifies such a hefty contract after averaging a career-worst 4.0 yards per touch last season.