Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers cornerback Davon House was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were surviving a physical showdown against the Seattle Seahawks, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' 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 rushed for 54 yards in Sunday's win over the Seahawks and added four receptions for 39 yards. Your 93 total yards were a team-high. Assess your performance in the context that it was your first season-opening start as an NFL running back.
Montgomery: I think I've got more. I think it was knocking some rust off. I definitely think I have more. I expect more from myself. I've got to be careful about putting my own expectations and goals out there, but there's more.
Q: Your quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, said this about you after Sunday's game: "The thing I love about Ty is he just cares about it so much, like he really wants to be great. And he's always talking through things that happen on the field, on the sideline. ... I love playing with Ty." How does that make you feel when your quarterback says that about you? And what do those conversations entail?
Montgomery (pointing to his smile): This is how I feel about that. (We talk about) anything, really. I kind of take the approach as he's got so much on his plate. He's under a lot of pressure, a lot of stress because he is the quarterback. He is Aaron Rodgers. He is our guy. And I like to, if I can in any way, take some of that off of him. Sometimes I tell him like, 'Hey man, you don't always have to throw 60 yards. Let me run 40 and you can throw an easy 20. I like to try to make other people's jobs easier if I can.
Q: Your defense limited the Seahawks to just 225 yards and no touchdowns. How fun was it to watch the video of that performance? And how did you get it done?
House: It's always good - not just after a win - but after a dominant performance like we did. (Sunday) was the standard. This is what we expect every week, regardless of who's out there, regardless of the receivers and the quarterback, the running back, the O-line. That's the standard. And then we still left plays out there, even after watching the film. So, there's still room to improve.
You asked me how did we get it done? It's the front seven. It all starts with Mike (Daniels) stopping the run game. ... Clay (Matthews) coming off the edge. Nick (Perry) coming off the edge. Things like that are going to make it easier on the back end.