Mad About Playing Time, Ty Montgomery Tried Hero Ball
All of the Wisconsin is cursing the name, Ty Montgomery. Why wouldn’t they? Packers fans all wondering what if Aaron Rodgers got a chance versus a Rams defense he carved up all game long to win the game. Instead, Montgomery took out the ball from the end zone. NFL.com’s Michael Silver wrote a recap of the game with startling allegations against Montgomery that go to the levels of the Packers potentially letting him go before the New England game. Silver feels like a guy you can trust here with his Cal Berkeley connection with Aaron Rodgers among other reasons. Here were the quotes from his NFL.com article about why Montgomery pulled the ball out.
“They took him out (the previous drive) for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit,” one Packers player said. “Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a f—– joke.
“I mean, what the f— are you doing? We’ve got Aaron Rodgers, the best I’ve ever seen, and you’re gonna take that risk? I mean, it’s ’12’! All you gotta do is give him the ball, and you know what’s gonna happen.”
Jesus Christ. Talk about a player who thought of himself over the team. This does seem out of character for Montgomery, but maybe, he saw the writing on the walls with Aaron Jones. The starting running back took to the house for 33 yards, and Montgomery saw Green Bay no longer needing his services as much as they once did this season and years past. It does not feel like hyperbole when I say that we need to wonder about Montgomery’s roster spot. If this is the kind of shit he’s pulling with the team battling for the top spot in the NFC North and looking for a signature win, there’s no use for him on this Packer roster. I’m stunned that this sort of him happened to the Packers.
Even though you cannot control players, a coach needed to reach out to Monty before the return and wrap his arm around him tos ay ‘Hey, I know you’re upset about playing time and we can talk about it later. Don’t be fucking hero, please. Just take a knee.’ Maybe Ron Zook or others did all they could with Montgomery, or they trusted he would do his job. Instead, he violated that trust. This article by Silver made feel 1,000 times worse about the loss.