Ty Montgomery: Packers showed intensity in win over Bears
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery co-hosted Monday's Clubhouse Live, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s live weekly football show. Packers center Corey Linsley was Montgomery’s guest.
Among the topics they touched on were the continued injury bug, beating the Bears, the play of Brett Hundley and Martellus Bennett. 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: It's getting to be a broken record, but give us an update on your ribs. How are you feeling? And is there any concern you won't be able to play this Sunday against Baltimore?
Montgomery: Man, it's a rough season. I've got some bad luck, I don't know. But I'm going to keep fighting, and I'm not going to rule out playing this week. ... I'm feeling positive, the spirit's good. The God I serve is magnificent, and I'm not going to put Him in a box and tell Him He can't do something. So I'm not going to rule out playing this week.
Q: What did you like best about how things played out this past Sunday as you topped the Bears to snap that three-game losing streak?
Montgomery: I think there was a quote from (linebacker) Clay (Matthews) talking about the intensity. And I loved seeing the intensity and being a part of it. And I loved the way our defensive front and our offensive front played the entire game. It was also really great to see (quarterback) Brett (Hundley) get a win under his belt and watch him do what he does and just be Brett. He was pretty good.
Q: Speaking of Hundley, what impressed you most about his performance?
Montgomery: He was quick in his decision-making. And whatever decision he made, he stuck with it and he rolled with it and he kept moving forward. Just seeing the way he was throwing the ball, managing third downs. And then obviously rolling out, and that touchdown to (Davante Adams) was a beauty. Overall, I think he did a great job.
Q: What are your thoughts on the situation involving former teammate Martellus Bennett and the claims he levied against team doctor Patrick McKenzie and the organization?
Montgomery: Doc McKenzie is great. I trust him. I don't want to put my foot in my mouth, and I don't want to be circulating around papers, 'Ty Montomgery said this or that.' I'll just say that's not the way I think he should have handled it. If that's how he really felt, I don't think he should have handled it that way.
Linsley: I don't have anything to say about Marty, but that was definitely not fair. The craziest part about that is everybody - everybody - knows that McKenzie isn't going to let you play with anything. ... Doctor McKenzie is awesome. (Bennett's claim) is just patently false, and everybody knows that. I don't know what sparked him to say that, and I don't know why he chose to do that. But it's really none of my business, none of my concern.
Q: Where have you seen Hundley grow just within the few starts he has made?
Linsley: The most comforting thing about this whole thing has been Brett hasn't changed one bit. So every time he has stepped in the huddle, regardless of the situation - when he came in at Minnesota, New Orleans, Detroit - he has been the same guy in the huddle. I don't know the passing game. I don't know anything about it other than he threw some awesome passes, so that's great. ... I think Dave (Bakhtiari) said it best before the game, he was like, 'Brett, just be Brett.' And he was, and he has been. That level of consistency, just chopping away, it's obviously paying off. ... We can at least rest assured that the path Brett is on is headed in the right direction.