I usually don't do a lot of statistics stuff. Like Vic, I'm more of a "I know what I see" type guy. But I didn't know what I was seeing so far this year with Maurice Jones-Drew. So I did a little research, and it leads me to believe we don't need teal-colored glasses.
The good: Through four games, MoJo is 5th in rushing attempts (83) and 6th in rushing attempts per game (20.8). He's tied for 8th in rushing yards (322) and rushing yards per game (80.5). He's tied for 3rd in 1st downs (20). Of players averaging at least 10 attempts per game (a figure I just picked), he's 12th of 38 in 1st down percentage. Of the seven players averaging more yards per game than MoJo, three have a higher percentage of 1st downs (he's tied with Hills at 80.5/game, and Hills has a higher 1st down %).
The bad: 3.9 yds/att (23rd among 38 with at least 10 attempts/game). Long of 18 (54th). 1 TD rushing.
The ugly: 164.8 passing yds/game (26th)
If this is a slow start, I'll take it and gladly look forward to MoJo getting untracked as the season progresses.
A somewhat unrelated observation: if you have NFL Ticket or taped the replay of the Colts-Jags game, watch the ground-level, back-of-the-end zone view of the flying helmet TD in slo-mo. The line play, Jones' lead block and Sessions reading and filling the hole. MoJo and Sessions, mano-a-mano. It's a great representation of the human conflict aspect Vic writes about.