— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 30, 2014
According to Gil Brandt, the Cleveland Browns and Mike Pettine could bring in former Baltimore Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery. This would be the second Ravens coach from this previous season, along with Andy Moeller for the offensive line.
Montgomery has earned a great deal of respect from his coaching and playing career. After playing at Abilene Christian, Montgomery was a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1977-1984 and spent his final year in the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 1985.
After spending time away from the NFL, Montgomery became the running backs coach for the St. Louis Rams from 1997-1999 and again from 2003-2005 with a stint as the tight ends coach in between. There, he worked with players like Marshall Faulk and got a Super Bowl ring. He spent two years with the Lions before spending the last 6 years with the Ravens where he got his second ring.
Should the Browns make this hire, Montgomery might be the most senior member of the staff as he will turn 60 this year. Both former Ravens are among the most veteran on Pettine’s staff if that is the path they choose to go. Most recently, Montgomery has been working with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, who were huge reasons for the Ravens success in 2013. Outside of Dion Lewis and bringing back Edwin Baker for a tryout, the Browns could see significant turnover at the running back position this year.