New Detroit Lions RB David Montgomery levied some harsh criticism against his former team, the Chicago Bears.
The Chicago Bears finished last season 3-14, which threw cold water on any excitement about Justin Fields or the team’s future. At some point, Chicago needs to start winning games.
Ask former RB David Montgomery and he would agree. Montgomery made the move to division rival Detroit over the summer and he’s thrilled with the change of scenery.
In the middle of a heated game of live-streamed NBA 2K with new Lions teammate C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Montgomery spoke candidly about his time with the Chicago Bears.
Former Bears RB David Montgomery blasts team for losing culture
It’s hard not to sympathize with Montgomery. To lose 14 of 17 games is hard on any player, and he’s probably not the only former Chicago Bear celebrating a change of scenery in 2023.
Montgomery will also have the luxury of playing a significant role in the Detroit backfield. The Lions are expected to hand the reigns to No. 12 pick Jahmyr Gibbs straight away, but Montgomery should get plenty of work as a change-of-pace back with more NFL experience.
The Lions went 9-8 last season and will look to build on their positive momentum heading into the fall. The Bears will be looking to make up that ground. Say what you will about Chicago, but there’s reason to believe Justin Fields can turn that offense into a winner sooner than later. The Bears’ depth chart at RB has filled out nicely with veterans D’Onta Foreman and Khalil Herbert, as well as hyped fourth-round rookie Roschon Johnson.
Montgomery averaged 4.0 yards per carry and punched in five touchdowns for Chicago last season. He added a sixth touchdown through the air. The Bears probably aren’t lamenting his absence too much, but he has given the team bulletin board material heading into the new season.
Detroit and Chicago will face off on Nov. 19 at Montgomery’s new home, Ford Field. That will be a chance for Montgomery to prove his point — or for the Bears to retort.