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Jim Skipper
Running Backs

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Jim Skipper enters his second season with the Titans as the running backs coach.

Last season Skipper added yet another running back to his list of students who surpassed the 1,000-yard season rushing mark in Chris Johnson. With his total last year, Johnson became only the 12th player since 1978 to record at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first four NFL seasons. Johnson is the NFL’s leading rusher over the last four seasons with 5,645 yards and the NFL leader in scrimmage yards with 7,071 yards.

Skipper joined the Titans after spending nine seasons as the running backs coach for the Carolina Panthers, including the final five years with the additional title of assistant head coach. In his tenure with the Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Stephen Davis each reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark; and in 2009, Williams (1,117) and Stewart (1,133) became the first running back tandem in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in one season. In 2008, Williams set a franchise rushing mark for a season, finished third in the NFL with 1,515 rushing yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns. In that same season, Stewart set a franchise rookie rushing mark with 836 yards and 10 scores. The Panthers set franchise records for total rushing yards in back-to-back seasons in 2008 (2,437 yards) and 2009 (2,498 yards) and in each of those years finished third in the NFL in rushing.

In his time with the Panthers, Skipper used 10 different starting running backs and eight of those players produced at least one 100-yard performance. Both Williams and Davis earned Pro Bowl invitations during Skipper’s tenure.

A coaching veteran, Skipper has totaled 25 seasons in the NFL and another nine in the college ranks. Before joining the Panthers, Skipper spent four years with the New York Giants (1997-2000) – the first three as offensive coordinator/running backs and the final season as assistant head coach/running backs. He also spent one season as the head coach with the XFL San Francisco Demons (2001) and one season coaching running backs with the Arizona Cardinals (1996). He began his NFL coaching career with the New Orleans Saints and spent 10 seasons (1986-95) with the team as the running backs coach. Skipper coached two Pro Bowlers for the Saints – Rueben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard. His pro coaching career started with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL from 1983-85.

Skipper played his college football at Whittier College, where he starred as a defensive back and returner. Following his college career, he entered the college coaching ranks as a defensive backs coach at Cal Poly-Pomona from 1974-76 and at San Jose State from 1977-78. Skipper moved to running backs coach at Pacific (1979) and then at Oregon (1980-82) before moving to the professional ranks.

Raised in Brawley, Calif., Skipper and his wife, ElMarie, have three sons – Kelly, Timmy and Courtney. His son Kelly is the running backs coach for the Oakland Raiders, Timmy is the linebackers coach for Fresno State and Courtney is an academic advisor at Arizona State.

Jim Skipper Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Running Backs, Tennessee Titans
2006-10: Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs, Carolina Panthers
2002-05:
Running Backs, Carolina Panthers
2001:
Head Coach, San Francisco Demons (XFL)
2000:
Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs, New York Giants
1997-1999: Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs, New York Giants
1996: Running Backs, Arizona Cardinals
1986-95: Running Backs, New Orleans Saints
1983-85: Running Backs, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL)
1980-82: Running Backs, University of Oregon
1979:
Running Backs, Pacific

Jim Skipper enters his second season with the Titans as the running backs coach.

Last season Skipper added yet another running back to his list of students who surpassed the 1,000-yard season rushing mark in Chris Johnson. With his total last year, Johnson became only the 12th player since 1978 to record at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first four NFL seasons. Johnson is the NFL’s leading rusher over the last four seasons with 5,645 yards and the NFL leader in scrimmage yards with 7,071 yards.

Skipper joined the Titans after spending nine seasons as the running backs coach for the Carolina Panthers, including the final five years with the additional title of assistant head coach. In his tenure with the Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Stephen Davis each reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark; and in 2009, Williams (1,117) and Stewart (1,133) became the first running back tandem in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in one season. In 2008, Williams set a franchise rushing mark for a season, finished third in the NFL with 1,515 rushing yards and accounted for 18 touchdowns. In that same season, Stewart set a franchise rookie rushing mark with 836 yards and 10 scores. The Panthers set franchise records for total rushing yards in back-to-back seasons in 2008 (2,437 yards) and 2009 (2,498 yards) and in each of those years finished third in the NFL in rushing.

In his time with the Panthers, Skipper used 10 different starting running backs and eight of those players produced at least one 100-yard performance. Both Williams and Davis earned Pro Bowl invitations during Skipper’s tenure.

A coaching veteran, Skipper has totaled 25 seasons in the NFL and another nine in the college ranks. Before joining the Panthers, Skipper spent four years with the New York Giants (1997-2000) – the first three as offensive coordinator/running backs and the final season as assistant head coach/running backs. He also spent one season as the head coach with the XFL San Francisco Demons (2001) and one season coaching running backs with the Arizona Cardinals (1996). He began his NFL coaching career with the New Orleans Saints and spent 10 seasons (1986-95) with the team as the running backs coach. Skipper coached two Pro Bowlers for the Saints – Rueben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard. His pro coaching career started with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL from 1983-85.

Skipper played his college football at Whittier College, where he starred as a defensive back and returner. Following his college career, he entered the college coaching ranks as a defensive backs coach at Cal Poly-Pomona from 1974-76 and at San Jose State from 1977-78. Skipper moved to running backs coach at Pacific (1979) and then at Oregon (1980-82) before moving to the professional ranks.

Raised in Brawley, Calif., Skipper and his wife, ElMarie, have three sons – Kelly, Timmy and Courtney. His son Kelly is the running backs coach for the Oakland Raiders, Timmy is the linebackers coach for Fresno State and Courtney is an academic advisor at Arizona State.

Jim Skipper Coaching Ledger:

2011-12: Running Backs, Tennessee Titans
2006-10: Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs, Carolina Panthers
2002-05:
Running Backs, Carolina Panthers
2001:
Head Coach, San Francisco Demons (XFL)
2000:
Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs, New York Giants
1997-1999: Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs, New York Giants
1996: Running Backs, Arizona Cardinals
1986-95: Running Backs, New Orleans Saints
1983-85: Running Backs, Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL)
1980-82: Running Backs, University of Oregon
1979:
Running Backs, Pacific

 

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