Peete was out of football this past season after coaching the Bears’ running backs from 2013–14. He inherits Rams star running back Todd Gurley, who was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie after rushing for 1,106 yards with 10 touchdowns on 229 carries this past season.
Prior to the Bears, the 52-year-old Peete was the running backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007–12 and the Oakland Raiders from 1998–2006. He was UCLA’s running backs coach from 1996–97 after coaching wide receivers at Rutgers in ’95.
Peete was also Michigan State’s running backs coach from 1993–94. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in ’88. Peete coached Pitt’s wide receivers for three seasons before moving to running back coach for his final two years with the program.
A Phoenix native, he played wide receiver at Arizona from 1981–82 before finishing his collegiate career at Kansas in ’86.
Peete’s father, Willie, is a former longtime NFL and collegiate coach, and his brother, Rodney, played quarterback in the NFL for 16 seasons.
The Rams relocated to Los Angeles earlier this month. They went 7–9 this past season under coach Jeff Fisher, who has 27-36-1 mark in his four years with the franchise.