Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver and Kick Returner Ty Montgomery showed how high his football IQ is yesterday against the Detroit Lions.
Thanks to an unpredictable bounce and a loophole in the rule book, the Lions kickoff went from a touchback, to pinning Green Bay on the 3, to 1st and 10 on the 40 yard line.
How? Well if a player touches a ball and they’re out of bounds, then the ball is considered out of bounds. Yes, in this case the ball was in play, but think of catching a ball in play but your feet are out. It’s no catch. Same concept. If you kick a ball out of bounds on a kickoff it’s a penalty and you get the ball on your own 40 yard line, hence the 37-yard return.
I’d imagine special teams coaches preach this any time the ball comes close to the sideline on a kickoff, but to remember it in the moment and act quick, get out of bounds, and set your team up on the 40 instead of the 3 yard line(and a likely 3 and out) is a smart move any coach would appreciate.
Thanks to mentors like Randall Cobb, Packers returners probably keep the idea on the back burner.
(Back in 2012)
And what was the result of Green Bay’s drive?
Like I said earlier. 1st and 10 on the 40 compared to their own 3 changes everything. Play-calling in general and each play is a lot less stressful. Ty Montgomery may not be the biggest name on the Packers or NFL(it’s only his 2nd season), but to know that even the smaller name guys on Green Bay can make big plays just by using their head is reassuring for Packers fans.
It’s a shame they didn’t have that kind of football IQ when it actually mattered…
Apologies to any Packers fans for dropping this dagger on a Monday.