Browns RBs coach wants Ben Tate to lead


Ben Tate stands a good chance of being the Browns’ lead back in 2014.

Off the field, Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery wants Tate to be front-and-center, too.

In an interview with the club’s website, Montgomery said he wants Tate to set the tone for Cleveland’s tailbacks, a group that includes third-round pick Terrance West.

“It’s time for him to put the jacket on and the cap on and say, ‘Hey I’m the leader of this room.’ And it’s time for the young guys to challenge him to be great,” Montgomery said, according to

The 25-year-old Tate is the most accomplished of Cleveland’s running backs. What’s more, the Browns’ running offense appears similar to the scheme in which he played in Houston from 2010 through 2013.

Montgomery believes the Browns’ offense is one the backs should relish.

“I love this offense, because I love what it gives the backs to do,” Montgomery said on a video on the club’s website. “This is a one-cut offense: go north, go north, go north. And if you can do that, you can become a good back in this league, especially in this offense.”

Tate looks like he’ll get an opportunity to prove he can be a “good back” — a clear starter now and perhaps for multiple years to come.

13 responses to “Browns RBs coach wants Ben Tate to lead

  1. We can sure use something better than all the crap that we’ve had to witness since the Mack and Byner days. I hope they know what they’re doing. I’m sure we’ve upgraded a bunch of positions, especially if Hoyer is healthy, but I’m catiously optimistic with a new head coach and all. Hopefully they will know how to adjust the system to the players’ abilities and not vise versa. If so, we should be a much better team.

  2. Tate could have been the lead back in Houston. He is that good and proved it when he got the carries.

    Each time he replaced an injured Foster, he out played in in return, until they benched him to give the carries to Foster. What they did last year, they did every year.

    Tate’s ypc tell the tale. Hoyer will be happy to throw to him too.

  3. only the browns would have a linebacker coaching running backs! ben tate will lead alright, lead you right to the injured reserve list with nagging injuries..that is his track record..look it up,not always on IR but he is always injured..he wont last 16 games!!!

  4. Between their additions to the O-line (signing McQuistan from SEA and drafting Bitonio) and the pickups of Tate, West and Isaiah Crowell (make no mention on Dion Lewis), Cleveland’s rushing attack is looking pretty solid on paper. We shall see.

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