Montgomery hired by Lions
BY JIM THOMAS
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
DETROIT -- At least one former Rams coach is headed to Detroit. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery has been hired by the Lions to coach the same position.
Montgomery spent the past nine seasons in St. Louis, six of them coaching running backs and three coaching tight ends.
With a year left on his contract, Montgomery had hoped to stay in St. Louis. But new Rams head coach Scott Linehan told Montgomery on Monday that he was not part of the team’s plans.
“They’re doing what they have to do, I’m doing what I have to do, and I just move on,” Montgomery said Friday. “St.
Louis was good to me. It’s been a great nine years.”
At the same time, Montgomery is looking forward to returning to Detroit, where he closed out his playing career as an NFL running back in 1985. After working with a young feature back in St. Louis in Steven Jackson, Montgomery will be doing the same in Detroit with Kevin Jones.
“I like him,” Montgomery said. “He’s more explosive than Steven; any one play he can take it the distance.”
Montgomery is scheduled to fly to Detroit on Monday to sign his contract.
Another former Rams assistant, offensive line coach John Benton, is joining the Houston Texans to coach the same position. Benton has been with the Rams the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Linehan has decided to Rams special teams coach Bob Ligashesky, according to league sources, although it is unclear whether Ligashesky is staying on as the head special teams coach or the assistant special teams coach. Ligashesky joined the Rams last year.