There really isn’t much left to say about David Montgomery at this point. He is one of the top young running backs in the NFL. It is just sad that not enough people can appreciate him because the Chicago Bears aren’t a good football team right now. This is despite the fact he is on course for his second 1,000-yard season. If he were in a semi-competent offense, there is no telling how much better he’d be.
One person that knows all too well? Kliff Kingsbury. The Arizona Cardinals head coach got a full taste of the Montgomery experience last Sunday as the running back ran for 90 yards on 21 carries and also caught eight passes for 51 yards. He was the best offensive player on the field. It is just a shame he came up on the losing end. After the game, the two met at midfield where Kingsbury was caught on camera expressing his gratitude he didn’t have to face Montogomery anytime in the future.
It is easy to understand this sentiment.
Kingsbury was haunted by the running back in college. He was the head coach of Texas Tech back in 2017 and 2018. Both years his team ended up losing to Iowa State. Montgomery was the primary reason both times. He rushed for 164 yards in the first meeting and 125 yards with two scores in the second. The coach wasn’t lying when he said every time his teams played against him, it didn’t go well.
That is the ultimate show of respect. David Montgomery is a stud and now the unquestioned best player on the Bears offense. He has also emerged as a team leader. Somebody that refuses to let guys in that locker room quit, regardless of what the record says. While he may not be on Walter Payton’s level, he definitely embodies the same spirit. Never die easy.