GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers running back James Starks never wants to play another game like he did in Week 3 at Chicago.
Against the Bears in that game, Starks ran for five yards on 11 carries while also fumbling in the fourth quarter. After all the promise that he showed when he exploded onto the NFL scene last season -- including running for 315 yards in the playoffs to help Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV -- that performance was a step in the wrong direction.
But in the long run, it may have been just what Starks needed.
"It really helped me out, like, 'Wake up!'" Starks said. "'This isn't the same as last year. You've got to get better.' I remember how I felt coming off the Bears game. That basically just woke me up. I felt like I could've played better, so I felt like I let my team down."
Starks didn't keep those thoughts to himself. He shared them with Packers running back coach Jerry Fontenot after the game, which Green Bay still won, 27-17, despite Starks' late fumble.