Ravens Announce Coaching Change

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the team for the 2014 season.

“Wilbert has decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities,” Harbaugh stated. “I want to thank him for everything he did for our organization. Wilbert has been a tremendous coach for the Ravens, and he has played an integral role in the success we’ve experienced over the past several seasons.

“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. 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.”

Montgomery, a 17-year NFL coaching veteran, joined the Ravens in 2008 and spent the past six seasons coaching Baltimore’s offensive backfield, including three-time Pro Bowl RB Ray Rice. Under Montgomery’s guidance, Rice has produced 6,180 rushing yards and 3,034 receiving yards in six pro seasons. Rice’s 9,214 total yards from scrimmage rank as the most in franchise history, while his rushing yards stand second only to Jamal Lewis’ 7,801.

In 2011, Rice led the NFL with 2,068 yards from scrimmage (1,364 rushing and 704 receiving), joining Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (four times) as the only players in NFL history to register at least 1,200 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards in multiple seasons. (Rice finished the 2009 campaign with 1,339 rushing yards and 702 receiving yards.) For his career, Rice has posted 43 total touchdowns (37 rushing and six receiving), which rank second in team history (Jamal Lewis, 47).

In 2009, Montgomery’s second season in Baltimore, the Ravens ground attack set a team record with 22 rushing touchdowns and ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (137.5). Montgomery also guided former Ravens FB Le’Ron McClain, who earned Pro Bowl honors during both the 2008 and 2009 campaigns.

9 Raves on “Ravens Announce Coaching Change

  1. John on said:

    In other words, Montgomery becomes the scapegoat for the complete run scheme failure by Juan Castillo. Makes sense in John Harbaughs mind, Juan is John`s BFF.

    • RJ on said:

      ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTELY! For Monty to take the fall (if that is indeed what has transpired) for that worthless hack crony Castillo is just shameful. Had Ray Rice been the ONLY RB to fail this year, maybe you could point to Monty, but with Bernard Pierce performing just as bad, there is ZERO doubt that the main culprit is the much maligned O-Line, led by Juan Castillo and his zone blocking scheme that all the players and fans hated. If he is still here next season, the next coach to go MUST be Harbaugh!

  2. Tony J on said:

    Curious, to say the least. If Castillo stays, then this eerily smells like the power struggle between Cam and Jim Zorn three seasons ago.

  3. Hut Guy on said:

    What a travesty !!!! I return to my posts from Sept……..”Juan MUST GO !!” It is time for the blame to fall where it belongs !! “Juan Must GOOOOOOO !”

  4. YOU'RE ALL IDIOTS on said:

    Coach Harbaugh has done nothing but win in this City. He just brought the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore and now you ungrateful F—s think he needs to go? What a bunch of sad excuses you are. Get off the wagon – Baltimore doesn’t want you in our fanbase.

    • Dan on said:

      Dude, I aggree with you to a point but when you bring in a Buddy/buddies IE Cam Cameron, and Juan Castillo and the whole City can see a difference in the teams performance.You as the Head coach must get rid of the culprit that is changing the teams game plan. If you don’t, well then the point the people are making here is Harbs must go too if he can’t see the changes. I really like Harbs coaching but bringing in these peices of Crap who got fired from other cities is rediculous. Look at Philly all those years Juan was there and they played like crap. Now that he is gone, hey they made it to the playoffs. Where were we? At home just like Philly, when they had him. See the point people are saying John needs to get rid of his smiling smurky buddy ASAP.

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