Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were the Packers' two-game winning streak, saving a season and the play of an injured defense. 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've won two straight games and the confidence seems to be growing. Do you feel the team is finally trending in the right direction as it stays within striking distance of Detroit and eyes another playoff berth?
Montgomery: Nothing's going to matter if we don't beat Seattle. And right now, that's where we're at. We're focused on Seattle and beating Seattle, so we can worry about the next week when it comes. We'll cross bridges as we get there. But right now, it's Seattle.
Q: What triggered this sudden turnaround? What changed?
Montgomery: Just taking advantage of playmaking opportunities and making more plays than our opponent. As silly as it sounds, scoring more points than our opponent. Football is simple. Score more points, make more plays and execute. And that's what we've been able to do. But like I've always said, it's the NFL, too. We've been fortunate enough in this organization to be winning for as long as we have. Sometimes, you're going to lose some. But we're not out of it, and we're going to keep fighting.
Q: Assess where the defense is right now as you prepare for Seattle and these important final four games. You continue to deal with setbacks, particularly to Clay Matthews, Jake Ryan and Nick Perry, who are trying to play through their injuries. Is there enough left in the tank to help the team complete this run?
Clinton-Dix: Yes, there's a lot left in the tank. Those guys are giving it their all. They're fighting through a lot of injuries. They're doing way more than we've asked them to do, and we've just got to continue to keep playing for each other. Once you see a brother out there that's hurt, and he's fighting through injures and he still finding a way to play and make plays, it doesn't get any better than that. If somebody has to ask you to give it their all, then don't come out there with me. Those guys are (giving it their all), so I'm ready to play with those guys every day of the week.