It’s hard to blame a guy for wanting to make a play, but sometimes the smart play is better than a potential big play. Ty Montgomery’s boneheaded return to seal the Los Angeles Rams’ win over the Green Bay Packers, for example.
Guess what? You’ll surely be surprised.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Montgomery wasn’t supposed to return the kick if it went into the end zone. It did. He returned it anyway.
And you know how that ended.
Here’s McCarthy’s full quote.
Just trying to make a play. Just losing the game.
Of course you want the ball in Aaron Rodgers’ hands. He’s already led two game-winning drives this season. Of course you want the clock north of two minutes. It would have been there if Montgomery had downed the ball.
The Packers would have had their final timeout to burn on offense and they could have gotten a play off before the two-minute warning.
Montgomery has 10 returns this season. He’s averaging 21 yards per return. When you down the ball in the end zone, you get it at the 25. So not even the law of averages stands up on this one.
Montgomery obviously wasn’t thinking of any of that. This seems like a guy who’s pressing.
He’s clearly the team’s third running back now. He has the fewest rushing yards on the team, including Rodgers. He’s sixth in receiving yards. Montgomery has been the Packers primary kick returner, but the results haven’t been great.
This is not to suggest the Packers will cut Montgomery after this gaffe, but it would come as no surprise if they start the process of activating Trevor Davis from the physically unable to perform list. Davis was the team’s primary return man in 2017.
When you’re 3-3-1, which the Packers now are, you can’t afford shit like this.
It may not be terribly noteworthy, but Montgomery left the locker room without talking to reporters after the game. So we don’t even know what his excuse is.