We're Gonna Party...

Like it's 1999. I've got the 1999 season added to the database now, thanks to the league's efforts to digitize that season's numbers. That means we now have advanced team stats, offensive player stats, defensive player statsteam stat visualizations, player stat visualizations, and WP graphs for that notable season.

It's great to have the season included for a few reasons. Now we get to see the offensive output of the '99 Rams--The Greatest Show on Turf. I was actually surprised that their EPA totals weren't higher. It was also the first season of the reconstituted Browns franchise, and 1999 was Peyton Manning's first winning season, leading the Colts to a 13-3 record in his second year.

We also get to see the full careers of guys like:

Kurt Warner
Donovan McNabb
Edgerrin James
Torry Holt
Ricky Williams
Daunte Culpepper
and notable steroid enthusiast David Boston.

And we are missing only one season worth of numbers for Fred Taylor and Randy Moss, and of course Manning.

One thing to note, however, is that the league recorded the times of each play in the data as the time of the start of the drive. As a result, the WP graphs can only display drive-level segments, and the WP numbers for the players will all tend to be a bit muted. All the plays are there. It's just that most of them appear to occur slightly earlier in the game than they did. Many of the games of the 2000 season are unfortunately recorded the same way. EPA is unaffected.

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2 Responses to “We're Gonna Party...”

  1. mmcnair says:

    One thing you can do is evenly spread plays throughout the drive. So a 10 play drive over 5 minutes would spread plays 30 seconds apart.

  2. Brian Burke says:

    Definitely. Long term project...

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