RB Coach – Gary Brown
I do not have any other reason to call back Gary Brown other than the regression of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Under Brown’s watch, the Dallas Cowboys had three different rushers top 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden, and Ezekiel Elliott accomplished this feat from 2014-2016.
He was also responsible for the teams’ rushers to average 4.5 yards per carry in every season he coached. Currently, Elliott is averaging a paltry 3.9 yards per carry this season. The lowest total of his professional career.
Current running backs coach Skip Peete is a familiar name in the DFW area as he was the man who was replaced by Gary Brown. Peete has been a successful coach but the sudden case of fumbles Elliott has had this season make some wonder if there was a change in how Elliott carries the ball.
If there was no change, the only big difference in that running back room is the addition of Peete who coached Todd Gurley last year with Los Angeles Rams. Gurley lost five fumbles in his first year with coach Peete and Gurley lost three fumbles in his final season with Peete last year.
Elliott has already lost six fumbles to date with a handful of games left to play this year, the number could rise. Bringing back Gary Brown could be a subtle move that could get one of the team’s star players back on track.