Packers' Montgomery: 'We play with a little chip'
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers running back Eddie Lacy was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were knowing the NFL rule book, beating the Lions and putting away a game. The show can be seen live at The Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in downtown Appleton or at clubhouselive.com.
Here are select and edited answers from the interview:
Q: You shed light on an obscure NFL rule during Sunday's victory over the Lions when your decision to touch a live ball while laying out of bounds on a kick return at your own 2-yard line led to a kickoff penalty against Detroit. The Packers got possession at the 40 and then went on to score a touchdown four plays later. How in the world did you ever know about that rule?
Montgomery: We talked about it in college. A big shout-out to (Stanford special teams coordinator Pete) Alamar. That's when I first learned about the rule. But I never had an opportunity to do it. And then when I got to Green Bay, (special teams) Coach (Ron) Zook talked about it a few times, as well. And he showed us when Randall (Cobb) did it back in 2012. I never really got a decent opportunity because with that play, you've got to be careful. What you don't want to do is touch the ball before you establish yourself out of bounds, and then all of a sudden, you're down at the 2- (yard line) or whatever. I'm assuming it was a mishit on the kick. I was like, 'Ooh, I've got a chance. This will be my chance to make a big play no one knows can even happen.'
Q: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offense were under scrutiny last week after a couple of sluggish performances in the opening two weeks. Did you feel an orneriness among the guys - maybe that proverbial chip on the shoulder - that helped ignite Sunday's big offensive day?
Montgomery: I think so. But I think every week we play with a little chip. And obviously, coming off the week that we had (against Minnesota). But I know the guys that line up and play, they don't really worry too much about outside distractions. At the end of the day, our job is to go out there and do what we've got to do to win football games. And I can guarantee you that those guys that are playing and lining up on Sundays, Mondays or Thursdays - they know that, and they're going to go out there and do that.
Q: The game's on the line, and you need a first down to secure victory. How fun is it for you and your offensive linemen to know the onus is on you guys to finish off a game by running the ball over and over again?
Lacy: I don't think there's no greater feeling for the offensive linemen and the running back when literally everybody in the stadium and/or arena knows you're going to run the ball. Because you want to run the clock out. (The defense) knows which way you're going. They know exactly where it's going. But at the end of the day, you have to stop it. So they know. They send a lot of people on the field. They try to fill every single gap. But as an offense, if you can convert, there's no better feeling than that. Offensive linemen get jacked up. Coaches get jacked up. The defense on the sideline gets jacked up. As a whole, the Green Bay Packers get jacked up.
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