In light of that, it now appears there was much influence from running back Todd Gurley to make that move happen, according to Rams' reporter Dani Klupenger.
McVay said the day before he met with Skip Peete, he got a phone call from Todd Gurley. Gurley asked for another chance to work with Peete.— Dani Klupenger (@daniklup) February 9, 2017
Peete had joined the Rams' coaching staff before last season and was one of the few holdovers from Jeff Fisher's staff. Prior to that, he held the same position with the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Oakland Raiders. He also has a large amount of experience coaching at the collegiate level spending time at UCLA, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh.
There is clearly much respect for Peete from Gurley despite his personal struggles on the field recording just 885 rushing yards with six touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.2 yards per carry. This included falling short of cracking the century mark in any game while tallying fewer than 50 rushing yards seven times and failing to reach the end zone in all but five contests.
According to NFL.com, Gurley is the first running back since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to participate in all of his team's games and average as many carries per contest (17.4) without amassing a single 100-yard rushing performance for an entire season. There were plenty of factors to his monumental struggles that began with porous play from the offensive line that routinely had difficulty creating enough running space for him to operate in.
On top of that, things only became more difficult as the season wore on with opposing defenses stacking the box on 26.3 percent of his attempts, which ranked him 11th out of 19 running backs who faced eight-plus defenders on 35 or more of their carries. This alone contributed greatly to Gurley being unable to break through at any point of the season compiling just two rushes of 20 or more yards.
This was a significant step back from his breakout rookie campaign that saw him rack up 1,106 rushing yards in just 12 games played. He also became the first rookie running back to record 125 or more rushing yards in his first four starts while being just the third Rams' rookie running back to gain more than 1,000 yards in their first campaign.