The first of many potential changes to the coaching staff began yesterday as the Baltimore Ravens announced running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the team for the 2014 season after posting their lowest totals in rushing yards and yards per carry in franchise history.

Montgomery joined the Ravens in 2008, coaching the team’s backfield and has 17 years of coaching experience in the NFL. In his second season as running backs coach, the team set franchise records in 2009 with 22 touchdowns and in the Top 5 in rushing yards per game (137.5) according to the Baltimore Ravens website.

He helped guide Ray Rice into becoming one of the premier running backs in the league as he gained over 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2011 and average 1267 yards between 2009 and 2012.

Revered by his players, the news doesn’t appear to sit well with those who realize coaches are not the entire problem. Vonta Leach took to Twitter to post his opinion and the potential free agent wasn’t very happy about it.

With the way the rushing attack struggled this season, in addition to struggles on the offensive line as well, it seems there was an underlying issue with a decision made unbeknownst to Harbaugh about why Ray Rice sat for a good portion of the 1st half in last Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that could have caused issues

Harbaugh told members of the media yesterday that Montgomery has “decided to pursue other coaching and life opportunities.”

That’s an interesting answer to give media on a coach that has been fairly successful prior to the 2013 season. Perhaps it was a fundamental difference or just searching for a new voice moving forward. Or, perhaps, it was the decision to bench Rice in Week 17 that was the final straw and drew the fury of coach Harbaugh who is known to keep people in his dog house.

Who will be next in the shake up? It could be Juan Castillo who has drawn criticism with the switch to a zone-blocking scheme that the offensive line struggled to get comfortable with. The move was a classic, “why fix something that isn’t broken” moment, and now the scapegoats are heading to the chopping block.

While it isn’t always the players who are blamed, they can’t be fired, so coaches take the fall. Get rid of the silly zone-blocking scheme that doesn’t work and get back to a punishing running game that Wilbert Montgomery previously presided over.