David Montgomery has a simple goal for 2022 Bears season
David Montgomery isn’t interested in complicating matters further in the 2022 season.
The Bears star is entering a contract year (he is a free agent after the season) and is playing for a brand new coaching staff in a different offense.
So the 25-year-old running back is keeping it simple with his expectations for the upcoming campaign.
“First and foremost, learn how to be the best version of myself every day,” Montgomery said in an interview on “Bear Essentials” this week. “Challenging myself and trying to challenge everybody else to be the best version of themselves so we can change the culture and flip everything so we can prove ourselves right.
“From a team standpoint, just being able to go out and put forth our best foot and being able to use the H.I.T.S. principle to execute and win a lot of games. I’m excited, man. I’m just ready to go, really.”
Montgomery alluded to the H.I.T.S. principle that has become a staple of new head coach Matt Eberflus’ style. It stands for: Hustle, Intensity, Taking the ball away and taking care of the ball and being Smart situationally.
The former 3rd-round pick has been one of the Bears’ best weapons on offense the last three seasons, rushing for at least 849 yards in each year and emerging as a bonafide receiving threat. In fact, he’s off to one of the best starts in franchise history for a running back:
For this season, Tom Thayer asked Montgomery if the offensive weapon will see more touches as a rusher or in the passing game.
“I’m just trying to be available as much as possible,” Montgomery said. “So whenever they need me or wherever my offense needs me to be, I’ll be there. I’ll just be ready for my number to be called and whatever job it entails me to do, I’ll handle it and I’ll execute.”
As the Bears get set to host the 49ers on Sunday to open the regular season, Montgomery feels like he’s ready to roll, too. Even if he didn’t play much in the preseason, he feels like he’s taken enough contact in practice.
“I practice really hard,” Montgomery said. “Coach ‘Flus is big on practicing that as well. I get it in practice every day, being able to get hit by the defense. They don’t take anything off of it.
“Whether it was the game or the practice, I try to run the same way, try to take it the same way. As serious as possible — game-like.”