The Rams let go of Skip Peete earlier this month. Peete was with the Rams from 2016 through the 2019 season. Since Sean McVay decided to let him move on to the Dallas Cowboys, rumors started to swirl of Texas running back coach Stan Drayton coming to the Rams. Drayton decided to stay in his large role as associate head coach, running back coach and run game coordinator for the Longhorns. Now, college football insider Bruce Feldman is reporting that 33-year-old Thomas Brown of the South Carolina Gamecocks coaching staff will be joining the Rams coaching staff.
SOURCES: #SouthCarolina RB coach Thomas Brown is expected to take a job on the #Rams staff.
The former #UGA running back didn’t coach Bulldogs great Todd Gurley in Athens but have heard they are close.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 8, 2020
One thing Feldman points out is how while Brown was not the running backs coach with the Georgia Bulldogs while Rams running back Todd Gurley was there. The two are reportedly close. There has been speculation made by many news sources on the potential of the Rams moving on from Todd Gurley and while this doesn’t confirm whether or not Gurley is going to play for the Rams in 2020. However, it’s a good sign at least that the franchise has brought in a coach at the position Gurley plays that has that said relationship with Gurley.
Brown played his college career at Georgia running the football for the Bulldogs. He then was drafted in 2008 by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent 2009 on the Cleveland Browns practice squad before ultimately being cut in 2010 to never play again. Brown bounced around from Chattanooga, Marshall, Wisconsin, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina. His new gig with the Rams will be the first appearance he makes in the NFL since he started coaching.
There’s still plenty of coaching spots up in the air as the Rams still have yet to name their special teams coordinator among other roles but it’s good to see them fill an important role on the offensive side of the ball for their coaching staff. We will find out what Thomas Brown brings to the table but all in all he has a solid resume and it appears it was only a matter of time before he moved up to the NFL level.