Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were playing through injury, playing without Aaron Rodgers and playing with Brett Hundley. 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 played Sunday against the Vikings while dealing with broken ribs. How do you feel, and what ultimately triggered the green light for you to take the field?
Montgomery: I survived, and I didn't come out any worse than I went in. So that's good. ... Medical clearance and communicating with the trainers. We got on the same page, and we were able to come up with a plan. It worked. Just keep moving forward.
Q: What's the mood of the team and the organization now that everyone has had time to come to terms with the broken collarbone Aaron Rodgers suffered in Sunday's game?
Montgomery: Honestly, I think it's something like - Aaron Rodgers is obviously Aaron Rodgers. He's obviously a great football player, a great quarterback. But we still have a team full of really good football players that we feel collectively can still do what we need to do.
Q: You and quarterback Brett Hundley - now the Packers' starter - were part of Green Bay's 2015 draft class. Where have you seen the biggest growth in him since your rookie seasons?
Montgomery: Just his confidence in the offense. ... He's obviously very talented. We've all seen in the preseason what he can do with his arm and his legs. I don't have any doubts with Brett going into (Sunday's) game (against New Orleans).
Q: You're roommates with Hundley on road trips. What do you know about him that fans and outsiders might find interesting?
Montgomery: This is actually a positive, but Brett's actually really, really competitive. Kind of annoying, sometimes. He's so competitive, it's like - if we're playing video games, he only wants to play the games that he's really, really good at just so he always wins. It'll be a game that I don't play, or I'm not very good, and he'll just want to keep playing it. And he won't really tell me how he does the things that he does to win. So, he's very, very competitive, and he has got a winner's mindset.
Q: The Saints are actually favored to beat the Packers this Sunday at Lambeau Field. Meanwhile, there has been chatter suggesting the season is unraveling due to Rodgers' injury. What's your reaction to all of that noise?
Daniels: Everybody has an opinion. The only opinion that matters is what Pack Nation is saying, what the people around the locker room are saying. That's it. We're all in this thing together. Forget all the naysayers.
Q: What do you like about Hundley and the way he plays?
Daniels: I like his competitive nature. He's on the scout team, so we go against him every day in practice. And he's a competitor. He doesn't like throwing bad balls. He doesn't like when the scout team receivers or tight ends drop the ball. He doesn't like when things go wrong. I've seen him call his whole scout offense back to the huddle and say, 'Hey, that wasn't a good enough break. We need to break the huddle again.' The scout team. And when he does something well, he rubs it in our face. But naturally so. I would expect nothing else. That's competitive. It's how you're supposed to be. And he takes command. He's not afraid to take command.