Source: Cowboys release Skip Peete

The Dallas Cowboys have released running backs coach Skip Peete, according to a source.

Peete, who signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys after the 2011 season, didn't return a call seeking comment.

He's the first of the changes that Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones talked about making last week in an interview with KRLD-FM.

"I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8," Jones said Wednesday, later adding, "Change is in order when you spend the two seasons in a row down to the last two games and lose them, so we're going to have to have changes."

Peete had two starting running backs in 2012, and both battled through injuries. DeMarco Murray missed six games with a sprained foot, and Felix Jones played with two bad knees.

The Cowboys rushed for 1,265 yards, the lowest output in a 16-game regular season in franchise history.

The Cowboys finished the season with a 28-18 loss to the Redskins, who won the NFC East with the victory. The defeat pushed the Cowboys' record to 8-8 for the second consecutive season. Jones' franchise hasn't reached the postseason the past three seasons, and for the third time in the past five seasons, the Cowboys failed to reach the playoffs because they couldn't win a regular-season finale.