xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Ravens, RB coach Montgomery parting ways

The Ravens made a change to their coaching staff Friday with more changes possibly to come.

Baltimore announced that running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the team next season.

Montgomery, a former standout running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and a 17-year NFL coaching veteran, had been with the Ravens since 2008.

"I hate it for coach that he looks like the fall guy for our running game problems," Baltimore fullback Vonta Leach tweeted Friday. "Coach [has] had pro bowlers for years in the backfield."

Leach also tweeted, "Coach Montgomery was a great coach to play for. Learned a lot for him over past three seasons. One of the best [running back coaches] in the business."

Still, Montgomery was part of a Ravens running game that averaged the fewest yards per carry in the NFL (3.1).

This was the first year since Montgomery joined Baltimore that the Ravens didn't have at least one running back get voted into the Pro Bowl.

Running back Ray Rice made three Pro Bowls under Montgomery - 2008, 2009 and 2012. Leach made two Pro Bowls - 2011 and 2012. And fullback Le'Ron McClain in each of his two years under Montgomery - 2008 and 2009.

"I have a great deal of respect for the person Wilbert is - not just as a coach, but also as an outstanding family man and someone who inspires everyone around him," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "In addition to his knowledge of the game and ability to connect with his players, Wilbert brought a passion to the Ravens that helped our team - and the individuals on it - reach tremendous heights."

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement