James struggles in short-yardage situations
Last season, Priest Holmes led the league with a 53 percent conversion rate. Short yardage specialists like Moe Williams (50 percent) and Zack Crockett (46 percent) were also among the league leaders. But Edgerrin James only converted 20 percent of his short yardage attempts. In 2001, before he went down with his knee injury, James converted just 16 percent.
James never tries to jump over the pile, and he rarely tries to go wide if there's no hole immediately in front of him. Instead he gets low, looking to power his way through the line. This season he has had a lot more success on his short yardage runs. Before this week's game against the Patriots, James had converted 16 of 26 attempts, for a huge 61.5 percent success rate. His interior offensive linemen have been better this year at moving the line of scrimmage, and he has also been aided by having fullback Detron Smith and tight ends Joe Dean Davenport and Dallas Clark helping out in short yardage situations.
But against the Patriots the wheels came off the Colts jumbo package.