Baltimore Ravens running back coach Wilbert Montgomery will not be returning for the 2014 season.
Harbaugh says that Montgomery decided to “pursue other coaching and life opportunities.”
Montgomery joined the Ravens back in 2008. Since then, running back Ray Rice reached the Pro Bowl three times. This season was quite a different story. Rice rushed for only 660 yards.
Fullback Vonta Leach got on Twitter Friday to back up Montgomery. “Hate it for coach that he looks like the fall guy for our running game problems. Coach [has] had pro bowlers for years in the backfield…There was more [than] one thing or one person. We did not get it fixed as a whole group.”
Montgomery started his 17-year NFL coaching career as a running back coach with the St. Louis Rams in 1997. The Rams won the Super bowl in 1999. He spent two seasons as the Detroit Lions running back coach before joining the Ravens.
In 2009, the Ravens set a team record with 22 rushing touchdowns and finished 5th in the league in rushing, averaging 137.5 yards per game.