Ty Montgomery told to take touchback if it was option

AP

Ty Montgomery wouldn’t talk about his decision to take a kickoff out of end zone with 2:05 remaining Sunday. He left the locker room without commenting, via multiple reports.

Montgomery, though, disobeyed coaches’ orders in not taking a knee.

“The plan was to stay in [the end zone] and give the ball to Aaron Rodgers,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via video from the team website.

Montgomery took the kickoff 2 yards deep and ran it out, reaching the Green Bay 20 before Ramik Wilson forced Montgomery to fumble with Wilson recovering the fumble. Rodgers never saw the ball again as the Rams picked up a first down and ran out the clock on a 29-27 victory.

If Montgomery had taken the touchback, Rodgers would have had the ball at his own 25-yard line, with 2:05 to play and a timeout. Who’s betting against Rodgers?

“Obviously the plan there is to stay in the end zone,” McCarthy said. “Two minute. We actually talked about it as a team. . . .But that’s what those games come down to. There are decisions. Ty is in that decision situation. I’m sure Ty was trying to make a play. I don’t know exactly how deep he was, if he was close, but I think we all realize that with the management of the clock and where we wanted to be there — I wanted to be north of two minutes with the one timeout — we want to put the ball in Aaron’s hands. You also trust your players. Tough decisions. Close decisions. I think Ty was just trying to make a play.”

Montgomery, who had three kickoff returns for 68 yards Sunday, has 35 career returns for a 22.7 yards average. He has no return touchdowns with a career long of 46 yards.

53 responses to “Ty Montgomery told to take touchback if it was option

  1. He’s been extremely ineffective on KO returns, pedestrian as a runner and adequate at best as receiver. Add to all of that, a missed block on a blitz and the poor decision to bring that ball out of the end zone – he should be on the next plane out of town.

  2. So much for all the savants who thought coaches hadn’t mentioned it. Bring Kumerow back when he’s eligible and let Montgomery go. Cobb can be the third back if they need one, which right now they certainly don’t.

  3. This isn’t Montgomery’s fault. IT’S THE COACH’S FAULT………..AND YOU’RE THE HEAD COACH!!!!!

    And the running play resulting in a safety? Brilliant, especially considering you may have the best quarterback in the league even if he’s less than 100%. Who’s idea was that, Mr. Successful?

    At least they’re aren’t out of the division race. Nobody else is impressing anybody. Rodgers is getting better every week, and those new receivers and new defensive backs are eyebrow-raisers and will soon no longer be rookies.

    It’s all (still) good.

  4. Its extremely frustrating that Rodgers didn’t get a chance, I don’t know if GB would have won or not, but I would have definitely liked their chances, especially only needing a Field Goal.

  5. Coach throws him under the bus. That’s so Packers.

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    Well that’s what coaches typically do when players don’t follow their game plan…lamo you’re clueless

  6. stellarperformance
    Oct 28, 2018, 9:13 PM EDT
    This isn’t Montgomery’s fault. IT’S THE COACH’S FAULT………..AND YOU’RE THE HEAD COACH!!!!!

    And the running play resulting in a safety? Brilliant, especially considering you may have the best quarterback in the league even if he’s less than 100%. Who’s idea was that, Mr. Successful?

    At least they’re aren’t out of the division race. Nobody else is impressing anybody. Rodgers is getting better every week, and those new receivers and new defensive backs are eyebrow-raisers and will soon no longer be rookies.

    It’s all (still) good.

    So the coach tells you to do something and you go out and do the opposite and cost your team the game and you believe that’s still the coaches fault?! Did you not read the article? Should McCarthy run out onto the field and tackle him in the end zone before he can bring it out? I agree that the decision to run the ball up the middle from the half yard line was stupid. That you can put on McCarthy but Montgomery deciding on his own to take the ball out instead of taking the touch back is completely on the player

  7. conormacleod
    Oct 28, 2018, 9:11 PM EDT
    Coach throws him under the bus. That’s so Packers.

    I’m sorry that was the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while. That level of incompetence deserves termination.

  8. Doesn’t much matter at this point. Game is over, Packers lost. If I had one of my employees told to not do something and they did it anyway, that employee would be terminated on the spot. Montgomery should be released. That was a move made by a player who doesn’t seem to care what the coaches say. That sort of disobedience is contagious. Set an example.

  9. Too bad because Erin would have thrown an int to end it.
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    Yeah because Rodgers is known for his untimely interceptions. Clever one on the Erin/Aaron thing too. Never gets old.

  10. Guys know this move, remember when your wife or GF asked you to do laundry and you hate doing it, so you shrink her favorite shirt so you never have to do it again

    Yeah…. Ty hates returning kickoffs.

  11. speicher145 says:
    October 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm
    Coach throws him under the bus. That’s so Packers.

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    Well that’s what coaches typically do when players don’t follow their game plan…lamo you’re clueless

    3 3
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    Marty Schottenheimer, and just about every other “highly-successful football coach” would beg to differ.

  12. I read that as him saying in so many words that the play called was to stay in the end zone and take a knee. Instead of blasting his player he said he was just trying to make a play.
    Bottom line is the entire planet likes Rogers with 2 mins left and one TO at his own 25 and only needing a FG to win. Instead a boneheaded player makes a major mistake thinking he was going to be a hero. Instead he ends up the ZERO and Coach doesnt drive the bus over him too bad. All he said was he was trying to make a play. But behind closed doors he got his ear bitten off by everyone.

  13. speicher145 says:
    October 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm
    Coach throws him under the bus. That’s so Packers.

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    Well that’s what coaches typically do when players don’t follow their game plan…lamo you’re clueless

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    I can’t imagine BB singling put a single player like that

  14. McCarthy is one of the worst head Coaches in the league and he has coasted off Rodgers play and it makes me sick. Montgomery is an idiot and there is no excuse for him to not kneel there. He took away an oppurtu it’s for that team to hear the leagues best and the d played
    Their butts off. Shame we didn’t get to see if Rodgers cold finish.

  15. bondlake says:
    October 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm
    If Montgomery wasn’t released in the locker room, he should be by the time the team lands back in GB.
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    I’m not so sure about that.
    The roster in GB is piss poor.

  16. Montgomery shouldn’t have to be told what to do he should have been aware of the situstion. Apparently he learned nothing in college or high school while playing football.

  17. charliecharger says:
    October 28, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    The killer mistake was the fumble, not the decision to run it out.
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    Even if he didn’t fumble GB has the ball the 20 in instead of the 25,, and the rare time he DOES happen to get a good return it often gets called back for a block or hold.

    Why make things harder for yourself?

    The decision to run it out was a killer mistake, fumbling it, compounded it.

  18. .
    Knowing the best possible play available
    is what Bill Belichick calls “situational football”. Sometimes the best option is to down the ball in the end zone. Sometimes a fair catch calls for a celebration.
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  19. NHPats says:
    October 28, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t imagine BB singling put a single player like that

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    He publicly called out Brady on deflating footballs.

    “I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on the footballs,” Belichick said. “They know a lot more than I do. They’re a lot more sensitive to it than I am. I hear them comment on it from time to time, but I can tell you and they will tell you that there’s never any sympathy whatsoever from me on that subject. Zero. Tom’s personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide.”

  20. If a player totally disregards his coach and brings the ball out with the game on the line, then the player should be released. Unless the coach wants to send the message to the rest of the team that it’s okay to do this.

    McCarthy should have simply released Montgomery.

  21. Too bad because Erin would have thrown an int to end it.
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    LOL. There are about 31 other starting QBs in the league with a better chance of that happenin' than Rodgers.

  22. Tough fight but this isn’t s good football team..I feel sorry for you Viking trolls, haven’t won anything, and most of you are over 40, very sad..:)

  23. In Russia/Iran/Saudi Arabia, he would have already been executed. Perhaps by parachuting on the plane ride home … without a parachute ….

  24. The Packers should fine Montgomery a game check for that screw up. Players should be held accountable when they don’t do as they are told and choke in the moment.

  25. Really sad thing is that he is one of the good players on the team. Who are they going to replace him with? For some reason the Packers head coach thinks he can will the team to win. Except for Rodgers, won’t find any Packers players in any of my gambling endeavors.

  26. Punters today work on making the ball bounce and die. Why is this team still letting punts bounce inside the 20. If Williams fair catches the punt in Detroit and the one yesterday. Both games play out differently. 8 Points on that bonehead move at the end of the half. Should have been first down on the 5 yard line not at the 1.

    Still this is what happens to McCarthy’s teams, another dumb mistake at a critical time.

  27. Belichick would send Montgomery to the Raiders the first thing Monday morning. What a stupid move to run it out when he is 3 yards deep in the end zone. He wanted to be the hero. McCarthy needs to go at the end of the season. He doesn’t pay attention to the little things. Just like the Seattle game a few years ago. Teams are successful on fake punts and fake field goals when they are ahead in the game. Players are always making stupid decisions.

  28. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    October 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    It was hilarious watching Aaron whine, cry and cuss.
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    And he did it on one leg. And with one leg, he’s still better than Cousins. That’s even more hilarious.

  29. Why should Ty Montgomery have any respect for McCarthy when Rodgers openly thrashes him all the time. It starts at the top. This is what you get when your QB puts himself above everyone else. A team with no leadership, no comradery, no respect for anyone but themselves.

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