Ravens, running backs coach part ways

Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the Baltimore Ravens after the team set records for rushing futility this season.

Montgomery has been the Ravens' only running backs coach since coach John Harbaugh was hired in 2008. This season, the Ravens set team marks for fewest yards rushing per game (83) and per carry (3.1).

"Wilbert has decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities," Harbaugh said in a statement. "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."

During his six seasons with the Ravens, Montgomery has coached three players who reached the Pro Bowl a total of seven times: Ray Rice (three), Le'Ron McClain (twice) and Vonta Leach (twice).

But things changed with the ground game in 2013, when Rice had the worst season of his career and the Ravens went away from being an I-formation, power running team.

"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," 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."

There could be other upcoming changes with the Ravens' coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has interviewed for the head coaching jobs with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, and there have been questions about the future of run game coordinator Juan Castillo.