Packers running back Ty Montgomery: 'I'm always my biggest critic'
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show.
Among the topics he touched on were Sunday's loss to the Saints, the bye week and the play of quarterback 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: What did you see as you studied video from the setback to New Orleans? What are the corrections?
Montgomery: Just being more consistent in our playmaking and taking advantage of all the opportunities that are there. We've got to minimize the self-inflicted wounds.
Q: You've lost two straight games, injuries have plagued the team all season and it's clear guys are frustrated. What now? Where do you go from here, and how do you get there?
Montgomery: Just take a step back - really take a step back - and regroup just so we don't bring anything that we don't need to bring with us into the next game after the bye week. I like using that metaphor of what I was taught as a kid. There's that math problem you can't figure out. You take a step away from it, whether it's a day, two days, an hour. And you come back, and all of a sudden, your brain is thinking differently than it was before. And then all of a sudden, it hits you, and you get it and you figure it out. Hopefully, the bye week can do that for us.
Q: The bye week is a time for players and coaches to go through the self-scouting process. Assess the first half of the season for you. In what areas do you feel you need to improve the most as you look ahead to these next nine games?
Montgomery: I'm always my biggest critic. Even the first two games, I started off strong. I think I was averaging over 100 all-purpose yards (and scored) three touchdowns. ... But I still felt like I wanted to break more tackles. I wanted more explosive gains. I wanted more big runs. And I think that's something that I know I have, something that's very attainable for me. I'm not reaching, by any means. I just need to get those opportunities and take advantage of those opportunities.
Q: What are your thoughts on Brett Hundley and how he handled his first career start at quarterback? What did you see out of his play that he can grow from as he looks to lead the offense for, perhaps, the remainder of the season?
Montgomery: I think Brett was decisive, he was commanding. I think Brett was Brett. He used his legs when he needed to - obviously getting a rushing touchdown. Got a first down on another run. I think he scrambled a couple of times, as well. I know one scramble he had up the middle, he made a guy miss. And at the same time, he really made some nice throws. And Brett's just going to get better. Brett's a real competitor, and I think he's going to be really good for us. I have 100 percent faith in Brett.