The music from Club Dub was thumping through the walls of the Chicago Bears locker room Sunday evening as running back Damien Williams stepped to the lectern to address media members.
"This is Justin’s time," Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said.
For much of Thursday morning, the Chicago Bears offense was out of sync. It didn’t matter if Andy Dalton was running the show with a depleted first unit or if it was Justin Fields commandeering the reserves. The timing of everything just seemed disjointed.
Among the things Chicago Bears media members missed when interviews were over Zoom last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic were the back-and-forth interactions with players.
David Montgomery’s official NFL breakthrough came down the stretch of his second season with the driven running back making the most of his increased opportunities late in the year. In the Bears’ six regular-season games after Thanksgiving, Montgomery totaled 824 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. Included in that stretch were a 57-yard run on his first carry against the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 and an 80-yard touchdown dash two weeks later against the Houston Texans.
"That’s when you sit at home and really grind. When no one’s watching, that’s when you want to work the hardest. So coming back was really easy."