I was just talking myself in to Sam Montgomery when he opened up the Pandora's Box that serves as his mouth.
Montgomery got knocked for inconsistency and immaturity coming out of LSU, but that happens to plenty of prospects. His prototypical size and potential as a pass rusher was more interesting to me, even if I was a little wary of those character concerns. With one set of remarks, however, Montgomery has managed to raise more red flags than a Swiss expedition.
"You know, some weeks when we didn’t have to play the harder teams, there were some times when effort was not needed," Montgomery said. "But when we had the big boys coming in, the ‘Bamas or the South Carolinas, I grabbed close to those guys and went all out.
Oh, Sam. Are you saying you took games off in college? Surely not.
"Of course, this is a new league, the NFL and there are no small teams, small divisions, it is all Alabamas and LSUs every week. It’s definitely something I have to get adjusted to, but I’m sure with the right coaching I will be fine."
Oh. Oh. Well, so you took some games off. So you're basically saying you need a disciplinarian coach to actually, you know, make you play at a high level on a consistent basis. Surely this can't get worse.
Montgomery said he and Mingo (who many expect to be a top-10 pick, while Montgomery is projected as a late-first) had a $500 bet on who had more sacks in the final game, $1,000 on season sacks along with the big wager on draft status.
"Here’s the thing: Hard work, and betting like that, pushes greatness," Montgomery said. "That’s actually motivating me and Mingo. It’s not about the money, it’s about pushing us, at the combine and the drills in between. That’s what is pushing us to be the best.