Packers Morning Buzz: Ty Montgomery unsure of his role
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers (3-3-1) play at New England at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.
We'll start with Jim Owczarski's account of the aftermath of Ty Montgomery costly fumble Sunday that denied the Packers' offense a final opportunity in a 29-27 loss to the Rams. Packers players and coach were quoted anonymously in an NFL.com questioning Montgomery's state of mind before the fumbled return.
He also admitted to being frustrated after being pulled in favor of Aaron Jones for a second-down play with 6:45 to go, equating it to going into another room and releasing a scream. Montgomery acknowledged that moment was the culmination of some pent-up emotions.
“I got a little frustrated. I wanted to make a play,” he said. “I wasn’t playing very much and I wasn’t able to make a play and I was frustrated about that. I don’t fully understand what my role is right now, what I’m supposed to be doing, how I’m supposed to help this team. And it’s frustrating when I want to help the team and I get limited opportunities and it didn’t happen on that play. So I came off frustrated about it.”
But Montgomery said that had no bearing on his decision-making process on the kick return.
“Absolutely not, and that’s the point that I was trying to make,” he said. “And it’s very…”
“I’m very disappointed in the fact that was said and they tried to make correlations that don’t exist.”
You can read the whole story here:
Pete Dougherty and Eric Baranczyk argue that it's time for the Packers to move on from Montgomery:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he has no concerns about the unity of his locker room:
Montgomery said he felt the ill-fated kickoff was 'a returnable ball':
Michael Silver, author of the NFL.com story about Montgomery, explains its origin:
On "Clubhouse Live," Packers safety Josh Jones called out those who have threatened Montgomery via social media:
Dougherty looked at other topics from the Rams game in his weekly "4 Downs" post:
Ryan Wood answered questions from Packers fans Monday afternoon:
Don't expect to see nearly as many Packers fans at the Patriots game as there were for the Rams game:
Former Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, who botched the onside kick that enable the Seattle Seahawks to tie and eventually defeat Green Bay in the 2014 NFC title game, tweeted words of encouragement for Montgomery:
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network updates trade-deadline talk involving Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:
A TV mix-up identified Aaron Rodgers as the Packers' coach:
Peter King of NBC Sports weighs in on the Packers' loss to the Rams:
Further down in the column, King writes about Montgomery's gaffe:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. also writes that it's time for Montgomery and the Packers to part ways:
This is a well-done commercial featuring Michael Jordan promoting Rodgers vs. Brady: