Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers rookie running back Jamaal Williams was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were offensive miscues, focusing on fundamentals, figuring out an identity and route running. 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: Your offense got off to a hot start in Sunday's loss to Atlanta with an 11-play, 75-yard opening drive that was capped by your 1-yard touchdown run. But then things stalled the rest of the half with three straight punts and an interception as you fell behind 24-7 at the break. What went wrong?
Montgomery: There were just some self-inflicted wounds that cost us a chance to score points. That's really all it was. Everything that happened definitely looked to be correctable. And I'm pretty sure we're going to get those things corrected.
Q: Mike McCarthy said after the game that the fundamentals were "not good enough." What does he mean by the fundamentals?
Montgomery: Specifically, I can talk about on offense we had some pre-snap penalties. We just had some things that we kind of did to ourselves. It wasn't anything the defense made us do. And it cost us.
Q: We hear a lot about teams trying to establish an identity. What do you want the Packers' identity to be offensively?
Montgomery: I want the identity of this team to just be efficient and effective. However we need to get the job done, I want us to be able to get it done. If it's a dogfight, we need to show resiliency. We need to be able to take punches and deliver them back. If it's putting up 400 or 500 passing yards and running up the scoreboard, then that's what we need to do. If it's a ground and pound game and we're eating up the clock, then that's what we need to do. I think we just need to be a versatile, efficient, effective football team.
Q: What are some of the things you've learned from Ty when it comes to being an NFL running back?
Williams: Ty was a receiver ... and the thing I don't like doing mostly is route running. ... Watching him run routes is something that's making me try to be better at it. Just learning how to stem people, get off the line. Just have fun while doing it. I love swings, I love 5-yard outs because they're the quickies, and I don't have to go down the field for, like, a corner or a wheel. But I'm starting to like it now because I always see Ty doing them, and I'm starting to try to get some jiggle in me, get some jiggle in for the routes.