Last summer I threw out a couple of posts analyzing specific game situations (Red Zone Efficiency and 3rd down defense) using the DVOA database at Football Outsiders. At the time, the database was free and consisted of various 2006 DVOA splits. All in all, pretty money. Well, change is afoot and the database has been significantly upgraded for a nominal fee. You can still use the 2006 database for free, but their premium database consisting of DVOA splits going all the way back to 1996 has an annual subscription fee of $40. Consider my tremendous law school debt, I decided, "What's another $40?" And voila, I will soon have access to this crazy database (Paypal payment pending).
While awaiting payment to go through, I thought I'd at least throw out some of the info that will be at our disposal. Suffice to say, I could post FO stuff until the end of days and probably not run out of info. The datasets include:
One Team, Every Week, One Season
Every Team, One Week, One Season
By Down and Distance (Offense and Defense)
By Down and Type of Play (Offense and Defense)
By Field Zone (Offense and Defense)
By Quarters and Halves (Offense and Defense)
By Home and Road (Offense and Defense)
By Score Gap (Offense and Defense)
In-Season Trends (Offense and Defense)
One Team, Overall, Every Year
One Team, Offense, Every Year
One Team, Defense, Every Year
One Team, Special Teams, Every Year
Head to Head Matchups
They apparently will be adding individual statistics, among other things, at some point in "the future." Once that comes along, this will just be filthy how much information is at your fingertips. As my payment is still pending I can't access past the drop down menu, so it's entirely possible there are sub-sections within each section.
In the meantime, if anybody is looking for any sort of analysis, feel free to let me know and I'll put something together. Combine my large amount of free time this summer with this database and I'm a very dangerous individual. The first thing I thought of was looking at the offense and defense during the Nolan years. Also, looking back at certain situations from last season, compared to 2006 would be of some value considering the regression by the team. There will be plenty of time for that, but in the meantime, if you have any other specific ideas I'd love to hear them.