Montgomery: Losing really hurts
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was Montgomery’s guest as part of our Stock the Shelves charity show.
Among the topics they touched on were the Packers' losing streak and the emergence of young talent.
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 are on a four-game losing streak and have dropped five of their last six. Is there still time to turn this around and salvage the season?
Yes. That's another positive that yes there is still time. We play in the NFL. Just like we're on the rough stretch that we're on, Detroit or Minnesota could end up being on that same stretch. And then things turn around completely for us and we get hot and get on a roll and next thing you know, we're in the playoffs. Getting to the playoffs is our goal. And once the playoffs come, it's a new season. Everybody's 0-0 - one loss, you go home. What you did before that doesn't even matter because now you've got to beat that team. That's a different team once you get to the playoffs, and that's our goal right now.
Q: Again, how do you stay positive through this?
Montgomery: It's really tough. ... We definitely don't want to lose. We don't like losing, and it hurts. You put so much into this, and when it doesn't come to fruition on Sundays and the record looks the way it does and we're having the season we're having, it really hurts. But we love each and every individual that's in that locker room. We love playing for one another and with one another. And to be able to go out and still play wearing the G on your helmet and being a part of those group of guys, that's one way we can stay positive.
Q: Gaze into that crystal ball. Who is a guy on the team that might not be well-known right now but could emerge as a key guy in the seasons to come?
Cobb: He has been getting some more playing time lately with some of the injuries we've had in the back end, but (safety Kentrell) Brice - No. 29. I definitely think with more experience and more opportunity, he's going to continue to come along. He's a big hitter, and he has the range to be able to play sideline to sideline. So I'm interested to see his growth over the next couple of years.
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