Last season, inside the five-yard line was been a deathtrap for Green Bay Packer drives.
The team lacked the aggressiveness of Ryan Grant and the scoring suffered as a result. While it gave kicker Mason Crosby more chances, it could have cost the team wins during a season in which they never lost a game by more than seven points.
Grant's ability to read the zone, which was explained on the previous slide, is obviously a key factor within his goal-line play. But, it's his aggressiveness in pushing the pile that leads to scores.
A good portion of Grant's 11 touchdowns in 2009 came within the five-yard line.
Starks inability to score in close yardage situations became evident during the 2011 NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears. On two different drives, Starks had more than one chance to push the ball in. On the first drive, the Packers had to run a bootleg with Aaron Rodgers on which he took a big hit after scoring and on the second the Packers had to run a stretch play to the right.
If Starks can become a consistent scorer in the red zone, he will be a long-lasting Packer.