After the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, the team’s 2013 season has officially come to a close, ending their chance to defend their Super Bowl title. The Ravens finished 8-8 and fell one spot short of the final wild card position in the postseason.
The Ravens struggled this season after losing big name players in the offseason. As the team reaches that time of year again, it’s time to think about making some adjustments to better the team and ultimately reach the playoffs next season.
One of the Ravens’ biggest problems this season was running the ball. Usually an explosive and key component of the Ravens offense, the run game was flat and unsuccessful this season. Three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice finished the season averaging 3.1 yards per carry and only 660 yards on the season.
The Ravens finished last in the league in average yards per carry.
One of the organization’s first moves this offseason was parting ways with Ravens running back coach Wilbert Montgomery.
Montgomery joined the Ravens personnel in 2008, the same year the Ravens signed Rice. From there, the run game grew and brought the Ravens offense out from under the shadow of the seemingly always dominant defense.
Head coach John Harbaugh had only well wishes for his colleague.
“Wilbert has decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities,” Harbaugh announced in a press release regarding the coaching change. “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.”
Montgomery has been a coach in the league for 17 years.