Montgomery: Need to stay committed, confident
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were Sunday's loss to the Titans, silver linings and the mood of the locker room. 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: The Packers have lost three straight games and four of their last five. What's the rally cry as you look to get back on track?
Montgomery: We just need to stick together. We're going through a rough patch right now, and we just need to stay committed and confident in one another, which we are and which we will do. But that's kind of what's going on right now. Three losses in a row is really tough on everyone.
Q: Given the rough stretch you're trying to battle through, can it be difficult to stay positive and not let the emotions get in the way?
Montgomery: Yes, but we're trained. Part of this game is mental, and it's also emotional. And being able to balance out the mental, the emotional and the physical is what allows us to do our jobs out there. It gets hard, but it's not something that we can't do.
Q: What's your sense on this slump you're going through? Are you worried about things right now? And how do you turn this around?
Bakhtiari: You look at the team, and then you look at offense, defense, special teams, and you can break it down to whatever. But it really just needs to be going in front of a mirror and looking at yourself and seeing what you want to do. What do you want to go out there and put out on Sunday as an individual? What pride do you have within yourself? What motivates you to go out there every Sunday? Whatever your motivation is, it doesn't matter. The point is to have that motivation and to go show it. And the pride for me ... a lot of it has to do with my family and what I want to go show them and prove to them. And the second thing from that is, honestly, you guys - the fans. I never want to let you guys down. That's why I fight week in and week out, no matter what I have to go be on the field on Sunday because you guys mean a lot to me - because I mean a lot to you. That's what it comes down to for me.
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