A little more background on James Starks


Thanks to reader A-Rodg for pointing out this article about Starks over at National Football Post. Interesting insight – also interesting glimpse into the Bears’ managerial dysfunction.


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  2. Dave in Tucson Says:

    Here’s how Starks has been used this season:

    — 49ers@Packers: 18-73yds, including 9-35yds on that last clock-killing drive. He also had 2 kick returns for 25 yards total

    — Packers@Lions: 6 carries for 8 yards. Rodgers also threw to him once, incomplete.

    — Bears@Packers: 5 carries, 25 yards, 2 catches 15 yards.

    –Packers@Eagles (WC): 23 carries, 123 yards; 2 catches for 9 yards.

    Some rushing stats from the first game @ Falcons:
    — 77 yards rushing, one of the lowest games of the season. The Packers were 1-4 when rushing for less than 80 yards

    — 23 rush attempts. The Packers were 3-5 when not rushing at least 26 times

    In spite of what it’s seemed like, the Packers have run the ball reasonably well this season: they were 7-2 when rushing for 90 yards or more (ironically, the two biggest rushing totals came on losses: @Redskins, @Patriots).

    Hopefully, McCarthey sticks to the running game on Saturday. I don’t think we can win without it.


  3. Travis Says:

    I agree, we need to continue to keep the balance.. BUT!

    When we run or throw on first down and get like 7 yards, I dont’ like the idea of running all the time

    PA!!! Play action. Take a shot sometimes, or just try and get the first down. It will work a high percentage of the time. A lot of times we run when we need a few yards on second down, and we lose yards or gain nothing.. Now it’s third down.

    I dunno… Smart play calling needs to happen from here on.

  4. AZWarrior Says:

    A play action for 7 yards to a TE on 1st down is a great alternative to a run. And its a pretty darned high percentage play.

    Here’s hoping MM is not too bull-headed…..

  5. Mr. Plog Says:

    As much fun as it is to trash anything Bear related, Hub Arkish was on the 670 the SCORE last night inferring this gentleman(Gabriel) is a puke who was waiting to kick Jerry Angelo in the knees. He was unceremoniously dumped from the Bears staff and the article is really sour grapes. He said the connection between Gabriel and Starks goes back to Starks playing HS ball in Niagra Falls. Who knows why he pulled the plug on the deal,but glad we got him instead. I do think the juries still out as to whether he is consistent and not injury prone,but if he can hold up for the next couple of weeks,great.

  6. awhayes Says:

    interesting Plog – the article does have a bitter tone and it was pretty clear that the whole Starks ordeal had become a personal thing for this guy (because he had developed a relationship with Starks). Still – while this guy may have been dumped by the Bears, it does seem like he was relatively high up in the chain of command because he was so involved with draft day decisions. My guess is that the account written by this Gabriel guy is mostly accurate, though I’ll admit I’m biased because I think Jerry Angelo is a poor GM.

  7. PackerBelle Says:

    If what Gabriel wrote was accurate I think it does reflect poorly on Jerry Angelo. If you are the final decision maker when you make your decision you need to stick with it. To basically change your mind after your employees have talked to the guy’s agent and are on the phone with the player himself just seems tacky.

    I am glad to have Starks with us though. Hopefully he will continue to contribute, but no matter what he was a big part of our playoff win last week and I appreciate that.

  8. Joe Says:

    It appears that Angelo has confirmed that the story is accurate:


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