Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 7

Revised as of 10/21/2014

Quarterbacks are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the quarterback 's performance compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a quarterback with more total value. DVOA means a quarterback with more value per play.

Effective Yards, listed in red, translate DVOA into a yards per attempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR.

Total QBR (listed as just QBR) is a metric created by the ESPN Stats & Information group. Total QBR is based on the expected points added by the quarterback on each play, then adjusts the numbers to a scale of 0-100. There are five main differences between Total QBR and Football Outsiders' DVOA metric (with further explanation here):

  • Total QBR incorporates information from game charting, such as passes dropped or thrown away on purpose.
  • Total QBR splits responsibility on plays between the quarterback, his receivers, and his blockers. Drops, for example, are more on the receiver, as are yards after the catch, and some sacks are more on the offensive line than others.
  • Total QBR has a clutch factor which adds (or subtracts) value for quarterbacks who perform best (or worst) in high-leverage situations.
  • Total QBR combines passing and rushing value into one number and differentiates between scrambles and planned runs.
  • Total QBR is not adjusted for strength of opponent.

Further information about the table below:

  • Passes total includes sacks and aborted snaps. Both count against a quarterback's value.
  • Intentional clock-stopping spikes are not counted as passes, which may cause completion rate to be different from official NFL stats.
  • Fumbles count the same whether lost to the defense or retained by the offense.
  • DPI lists the number of plays and yards where the quarterback drew Defensive Pass Interference. These plays are incorporated into DVOA and DYAR, but are not included in the totals for Passes or Yards.
  • Opponent adjustments are currently at 70 percent strength and will increase weekly until after Week 10.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

PASSING: Minimum 88 passes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
A.Luck IND 774 1 668 3 25.2% 4 20.2% 76.7 6 314 2,306 2,770 19 0 1 7 66.2% 5/104
P.Manning DEN 760 2 716 1 41.7% 1 38.6% 88.9 1 224 1,786 2,193 19 1 0 3 69.3% 3/39
P.Rivers SD 688 3 709 2 34.5% 2 35.9% 86.2 2 243 1,901 2,151 17 4 0 2 67.8% 4/73
A.Rodgers GB 561 4 512 5 25.9% 3 22.7% 83.9 4 229 1,553 1,981 18 2 1 1 67.1% 3/95
J.Flacco BAL 559 5 567 4 22.5% 5 23.0% 74.6 8 249 1,793 2,100 14 0 0 5 64.7% 8/187
T.Romo DAL 434 6 469 6 18.1% 6 20.4% 85.0 3 227 1,672 1,788 14 1 1 6 69.3% 4/81
D.Brees NO 392 7 435 7 11.7% 7 14.2% 66.1 10 267 1,868 1,915 11 1 0 7 68.2% 4/62
M.Ryan ATL 319 8 310 8 6.3% 10 5.8% 57.3 24 290 1,963 1,909 13 0 1 6 64.7% 1/12
T.Brady NE 286 9 250 9 5.3% 12 3.3% 69.3 9 259 1,617 1,789 13 1 3 2 62.0% 7/142
E.Manning NYG 247 10 233 11 4.0% 13 3.2% 78.5 5 238 1,489 1,647 14 1 0 5 64.9% 8/125
A.Smith KC 243 11 202 15 7.2% 9 4.1% 51.7 26 203 1,210 1,396 10 0 1 4 64.2% 0/0
C.Newton CAR 240 12 144 21 6.0% 11 -0.9% 61.5 18 220 1,353 1,452 8 1 2 3 61.0% 3/40
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Roethlisberger PIT 224 13 240 10 1.8% 16 2.7% 61.9 17 269 1,763 1,698 10 0 3 3 67.3% 3/85
C.Kaepernick SF 195 14 196 16 1.4% 17 1.4% 62.9 14 244 1,588 1,523 11 0 0 5 63.6% 2/26
A.Davis STL 195 15 220 12 2.5% 15 4.2% 60.9 19 219 1,429 1,419 9 1 2 4 66.7% 2/40
A.Dalton CIN 184 16 186 17 3.7% 14 3.8% 53.4 25 194 1,347 1,249 6 0 0 3 64.0% 2/29
J.Cutler CHI 168 17 168 19 -2.1% 23 -2.1% 63.3 13 283 1,731 1,734 14 2 3 7 67.3% 5/124
C.Palmer ARI 162 18 218 13 10.5% 8 18.1% 74.8 7 116 775 819 6 0 1 1 66.1% 3/71
K.Cousins WAS 147 19 127 22 -0.8% 20 -2.2% 46.9 30 212 1,625 1,328 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
N.Foles PHI 144 20 176 18 -1.9% 22 0.2% 64.9 11 243 1,577 1,446 10 0 2 7 59.7% 4/113
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 140 21 157 20 -0.6% 19 0.6% 50.9 27 203 1,492 1,263 8 2 1 7 65.4% 4/39
R.Tannehill MIA 127 22 126 23 -2.8% 24 -2.9% 58.4 22 232 1,319 1,403 10 1 0 5 63.6% 1/21
B.Hoyer CLE 126 23 202 14 -1.2% 21 4.9% 57.5 23 202 1,371 1,187 7 1 1 2 56.0% 3/32
R.Wilson SEA 97 24 123 25 -3.0% 25 -0.8% 62.6 15 190 1,205 1,094 10 3 0 2 65.7% 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Glennon TB 68 25 124 24 -3.4% 26 3.1% 63.5 12 151 907 798 7 1 0 3 57.4% 1/10
D.Stanton ARI 62 26 35 27 -0.4% 18 -5.0% 62.3 16 93 495 547 2 0 0 0 48.9% 2/37
C.Whitehurst TEN 38 27 23 28 -5.2% 27 -7.6% 48.6 29 107 707 569 5 1 0 2 60.8% 0/0
D.Carr OAK 7 28 -14 29 -10.6% 28 -12.2% 48.7 28 199 1,142 1,054 8 0 0 5 61.1% 4/84
J.Locker TEN -6 29 -60 31 -12.0% 30 -19.0% 60.7 20 122 728 609 4 1 0 4 58.0% 1/29
K.Orton BUF -8 30 -51 30 -12.1% 31 -17.1% 40.7 31 136 804 673 5 0 2 3 69.7% 0/0
M.Stafford DET -9 31 58 26 -11.7% 29 -7.7% 60.3 21 276 1,743 1,345 9 2 1 6 63.3% 3/39
EJ Manuel BUF -66 32 -90 32 -18.5% 32 -21.3% 19.8 35 136 785 626 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
G.Smith NYJ -215 33 -244 33 -25.3% 33 -27.1% 32.6 33 241 1,250 935 7 3 1 7 57.8% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -247 34 -245 34 -54.0% 36 -53.6% 16.1 36 94 393 128 3 0 1 1 53.8% 0/0
T.Bridgewater MIN -321 35 -316 35 -51.5% 35 -50.9% 25.6 34 128 713 203 1 1 0 5 61.1% 0/0
B.Bortles JAC -347 36 -334 36 -40.7% 34 -39.5% 35.8 32 187 1,080 473 5 1 0 10 65.9% 2/16

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-87 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Anderson CAR 135 175 23.6% 34.0% 90.0 58 402 495 4 1 0 0 72.7% 0/0
C.McCoy WAS 49 51 41.2% 43.8% 82.3 14 120 142 1 0 0 0 91.7% 1/22
L.Thomas ARI -17 -22 -43.3% -52.2% 4.6 10 70 20 1 0 0 0 12.5% 0/0
R.Griffin WAS -34 -40 -22.9% -25.1% 36.2 46 251 187 0 1 1 0 79.5% 0/0
M.McGloin OAK -51 -69 -49.6% -63.3% 10.3 20 121 38 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
S.Hill STL -64 -70 -93.9% -101.0% 25.3 14 75 -25 0 1 0 1 61.5% 0/0
M.Vick NYJ -90 -89 -72.5% -71.9% 4.3 23 13 -2 0 0 0 0 42.1% 1/32
C.Ponder MIN -166 -185 -64.0% -70.2% 4.7 50 188 28 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
M.Cassel MIN -189 -129 -49.2% -37.1% 28.9 78 370 142 4 1 0 4 57.7% 2/58
J.McCown TB -274 -205 -71.2% -56.2% 47.1 72 387 -6 2 1 0 4 64.2% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 3 rushes, 38 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wilson SEA 149 1 135 1 77.5% 3 68.9% 33 331 468 3 0
B.Bortles JAC 49 2 56 2 33.6% 11 40.3% 19 144 192 0 1
A.Rodgers GB 44 3 42 5 64.6% 4 61.3% 13 94 143 0 0
J.Cutler CHI 41 4 44 4 48.6% 7 52.9% 12 113 146 1 1
J.McCown TB 37 5 35 7 104.4% 1 98.9% 5 33 110 2 0
R.Tannehill MIA 34 6 31 8 28.0% 14 25.3% 17 153 139 0 1
J.Locker TEN 32 7 41 6 33.1% 12 45.3% 14 111 128 1 0
C.Newton CAR 32 8 54 3 7.2% 19 20.1% 34 193 197 1 0
D.Carr OAK 22 9 22 9 39.8% 10 39.1% 8 72 83 0 0
C.Kaepernick SF 16 10 10 16 -4.9% 25 -7.4% 43 269 198 0 1
A.Smith KC 15 11 14 13 5.7% 20 4.0% 20 142 97 0 0
M.Ryan ATL 14 12 14 11 12.4% 17 11.6% 10 54 76 0 0
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 14 13 11 14 -0.3% 22 -2.8% 19 88 121 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Romo DAL 13 14 14 12 48.7% 6 53.0% 4 45 45 0 0
D.Stanton ARI 13 15 14 10 64.3% 5 75.5% 3 22 41 0 0
P.Rivers SD 12 16 -2 31 5.4% 21 -15.5% 12 62 78 0 1
C.Henne JAC 11 17 8 20 41.4% 9 29.5% 4 25 40 0 0
A.Davis STL 10 18 9 18 85.9% 2 82.6% 3 30 29 0 0
E.Manning NYG 9 19 8 21 18.0% 16 15.0% 5 20 41 1 0
M.Stafford DET 8 20 7 23 -0.5% 23 -2.0% 12 47 73 2 0
D.Brees NO 8 21 9 19 26.9% 15 30.5% 4 24 35 0 0
C.Ponder MIN 8 22 10 15 30.2% 13 43.7% 4 16 32 1 0
K.Cousins WAS 8 23 5 25 11.3% 18 2.5% 5 22 42 0 0
R.Griffin WAS 7 24 8 22 43.9% 8 45.3% 3 23 27 0 0
T.Bridgewater MIN 7 25 9 17 -1.9% 24 1.4% 12 76 68 1 0
A.Dalton CIN 4 26 6 24 -7.7% 26 -5.2% 14 59 72 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Cassel MIN 0 27 2 28 -8.4% 27 0.4% 3 22 11 0 0
M.Vick NYJ 0 28 3 27 -10.5% 28 8.2% 4 23 12 0 0
N.Foles PHI 0 29 3 26 -11.9% 29 -6.1% 10 56 40 0 1
C.Palmer ARI -3 30 -2 30 -29.1% 34 -23.8% 4 27 6 0 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT -3 31 0 29 -20.2% 31 -12.7% 7 25 22 0 0
T.Brady NE -12 32 -7 33 -33.4% 36 -25.2% 8 21 13 0 0
G.Smith NYJ -12 33 -8 34 -19.2% 30 -16.9% 29 142 100 1 1
EJ Manuel BUF -13 34 -11 35 -31.2% 35 -27.9% 13 58 20 1 0
J.Flacco BAL -13 35 -7 32 -27.6% 33 -20.6% 11 26 32 0 0
A.Luck IND -13 36 -15 36 -22.8% 32 -23.7% 23 90 59 2 1
B.Hoyer CLE -14 37 -17 37 -62.8% 37 -76.8% 4 4 -12 0 0
C.Whitehurst TEN -23 38 -22 38 -69.2% 38 -66.8% 9 52 -25 0 1