Running back David Montgomery has taken a shot at his former team, the Chicago Bears, after signing a new contract with the Detroit Lions this offseason.
Montgomery expressed his frustration with the Bears’ lackluster performance the past four years and his eagerness to be part of a winning team in Detroit.
Montgomery joined his new teammate, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, on an episode of Lions Gaming, where they discussed their experiences in the NFL while streaming. Gardner-Johnson brought up Montgomery’s years of enduring losses with the Bears, prompting the running back to open up about his feelings.
Montgomery admitted that he had become accustomed to losing during his time with the Bears, and it eventually took a toll on his enjoyment of the game. As a fierce competitor, he longed for the thrill of victory and the opportunity to compete at a high level. The running back expressed his relief at joining a team where his competitive spirit would be appreciated and where winning was a priority.
“That’s all I was used to,” Montgomery said on the losses with the Bears. “And it got to a point where it sucked the fun out of the game for me because I’m a competitor. I like to compete. That’s what football’s about. It’s so refreshing to be in a place where that’s appreciated.”
During his four seasons with the Bears, Montgomery had accumulated impressive statistics, rushing for 3,609 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns. However, the team’s lack of success was evident as they only reached the playoffs once during his tenure, a 2020 Wild Card loss against the New Orleans Saints.
The Lions recognized Montgomery’s potential and the value he could bring to their roster. In March, they signed him to a three-year, $18 million contract, including a substantial $11 million in guaranteed money which is rare for a running back. This significant investment in Montgomery indicates the Lions’ confidence in his abilities and their belief that he can contribute to their rushing offense.
Montgomery’s style of play as a between-the-tackles bruiser with a knack for scoring in the red zone aligns well with the Lions’ offensive strategy. Their rushing offense showed promise during the 2022 season, and with Montgomery in their backfield, they hope to maximize his potential under the guidance of Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson.
A particularly intriguing aspect of Montgomery’s move to the Lions is the opportunity for revenge against his former team, the Bears, multiple times each season. As both teams belong to the NFC North division, Montgomery is guaranteed to face the Bears head-on at least twice a year.
While it remains to be seen how Montgomery will fare with the Lions, his candid remarks about his time in Chicago and his excitement about joining a team that values competitiveness and winning have raised eyebrows.
Bears fans may feel a sting of disappointment, but Montgomery’s focus now lies firmly with the Lions as he looks to make a significant impact and turn his frustrations into success in Detroit.