Detroit Lions to hire Scottie Montgomery to replace Duce Staley

The Detroit Lions have reportedly hired Scottie Montgomery as their assistant head coach and running backs coach, filling the vacancy left by Duce Staley, who recently joined the Carolina Panthers coaching staff, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Montgomery, a highly regarded and experienced coach who previously served as the running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts, has been added to Detroit's staff as a sought-after veteran. Multiple teams were interested in his services.

Scottie Montgomery Detroit Lions

Why it Matters for the Detroit Lions

Montgomery seems like a solid hire for the Lions, but he will certainly have some big shoes to fill, as Staley has a great leader, who was well respected by the players and coaches in Detroit. He will not be responsible for working with D'Andre Swift and the other Detroit running backs.

Montgomery's history as a player

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In case you are not familiar with Montgomery, he is another former player who is joining Dan Campbell's coaching staff. Here is a list of the teams Montgomery played for during his time in the NFL.

  • Carolina Panthers (2000)
  • Denver Broncos (2000–2002)
  • Oakland Raiders (2003)

Montgomery's coaching history

In addition to playing in the NFL, Montgomery also has an extensive amount of coaching experience. In addition to his NFL coaching experience, which is listed below, he also spent time at Duke and East Carolina.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2010–2012)
    WRs coach
  • Maryland (2019–2020)
    OC/QBs coach
  • Indianapolis Colts (2021–2022)
    RBs coach
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