After another gut-wrenching loss at home, the Chicago Bears have now lost six of the last seven games, and while running back David Montgomery has continued to be a bright spot for the offense, despite a frustrating season that’s included multiple blowouts.
Montgomery’s performance on Sunday afternoon shouldn’t be overlooked. Rushing 21 times for 90 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and one touchdown, the third-year running back was also involved in the passing game, with eight receptions, 51 receiving yards, averaging 6.4 yards per reception.
The Bears didn’t get the job done in week 13 and Montgomery, who’s developed into a leader on offense knows that despite a losing record, the next five games still matter for a team that’s on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs.
“It’s frustrating, the entire season, it’s kind of been frustrating with the losses we’ve taken but I’m a fighter,” Montgomery said via the Bears official YouTube channel. “I’m never gonna stop fighting.”
The Bears know what they have in Montgomery. And Montgomery knows what he brings to the Bears offense week. As Chicago trends towards what is expected to be Montgomery’s first real losing season since entering the NFL back in 2019, the Bears need to recognize something: Montgomery is unique and his ability to be a leader even in the toughest of times and support anyone is a valuable asset.
“What you realized is what you learned, stepping into a leadership role or stepping at a point where when people watch you, the things that you do happen to carry a lot of weight, so it becomes infectious,” Montgomery said.
As the Bears prepare for a road matchup against the Green Bay Packers on primetime television, the Bears need to be positive heading into week 14, which is why leaders like Montgomery are essential. While a win against the Packers won’t change the trajectory of the season, it would still be the Bears’ first win against Green Bay since 2018 and first win at Lambeau Field since 2015.