Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/25/2014

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.

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

PASSING: Minimum 100 passes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Manning DEN 1,284 1 1,240 1 32.1% 2 30.7% 81.6 2 454 3,445 4,135 34 2 0 9 68.6% 7/112
A.Rodgers GB 1,090 2 1,092 2 34.3% 1 34.4% 85.8 1 366 2,783 3,416 30 4 1 3 67.1% 6/172
D.Brees NO 1,009 3 934 3 20.6% 6 18.2% 72.8 6 475 3,377 3,933 22 2 2 11 71.1% 6/128
T.Brady NE 994 4 881 4 23.2% 4 19.2% 77.1 4 430 2,898 3,689 26 1 3 6 65.5% 10/165
B.Roethlisberger PIT 877 5 810 5 19.9% 7 17.5% 71.7 7 439 3,099 3,476 24 2 3 6 69.5% 6/122
A.Luck IND 847 6 783 6 14.9% 8 12.9% 69.4 8 487 3,514 3,771 29 5 3 10 63.7% 5/104
P.Rivers SD 799 7 753 7 22.1% 5 20.2% 76.4 5 386 2,727 3,020 22 4 1 8 68.8% 5/84
T.Romo DAL 743 8 730 8 24.2% 3 23.5% 80.5 3 315 2,323 2,707 22 2 2 6 69.4% 4/81
J.Flacco BAL 581 9 643 9 11.8% 9 14.2% 67.0 9 386 2,639 2,836 18 1 0 8 64.1% 9/189
M.Ryan ATL 565 10 578 10 8.8% 11 9.3% 64.2 12 442 2,900 3,048 19 2 2 8 65.9% 3/42
R.Tannehill MIA 505 11 431 11 7.3% 13 4.6% 58.3 17 414 2,395 2,897 20 1 0 8 66.4% 4/68
A.Smith KC 453 12 396 13 8.3% 12 5.8% 53.2 24 355 2,097 2,493 14 0 1 4 65.2% 0/0
N.Foles PHI 278 13 234 17 2.5% 16 0.4% 62.2 13 320 2,099 2,016 13 1 2 10 60.1% 4/113
A.Dalton CIN 274 14 269 16 1.1% 17 0.9% 55.8 21 350 2,350 2,177 12 0 1 10 62.4% 5/55
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Hoyer CLE 271 15 419 12 0.4% 18 6.7% 49.1 26 382 2,751 2,257 11 2 1 8 56.2% 3/32
J.Cutler CHI 269 16 202 19 -1.4% 20 -3.8% 56.3 19 429 2,631 2,593 22 2 6 11 66.8% 6/128
C.Palmer ARI 253 17 378 14 6.5% 14 15.2% 64.8 11 233 1,566 1,501 11 0 1 3 62.9% 4/86
K.Cousins WAS 224 18 179 20 4.7% 15 1.5% 46.9 29 212 1,625 1,433 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
C.Kaepernick SF 197 19 316 15 -3.1% 21 1.9% 56.4 18 382 2,386 2,227 15 1 2 6 61.7% 4/86
D.Stanton ARI 195 20 110 26 8.8% 10 0.2% 61.6 14 159 1,028 1,049 5 0 0 3 53.6% 3/76
K.Orton BUF 195 21 167 22 -0.2% 19 -1.7% 46.5 30 280 1,674 1,705 12 0 2 3 66.1% 0/0
E.Manning NYG 166 22 203 18 -5.2% 24 -3.9% 66.0 10 427 2,681 2,495 21 3 2 12 62.6% 8/125
M.Stafford DET 145 23 170 21 -5.8% 25 -4.9% 53.3 23 445 2,737 2,377 13 2 1 10 59.4% 5/58
M.Glennon TB 89 24 123 25 -4.4% 22 -1.8% 56.0 20 219 1,318 1,185 10 2 0 6 57.9% 2/19
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 73 25 143 24 -7.0% 27 -3.0% 45.3 31 275 1,867 1,525 11 3 1 8 62.1% 5/53
R.Wilson SEA 69 26 153 23 -7.8% 28 -3.8% 59.4 16 341 2,070 1,772 14 4 0 5 63.6% 1/36
M.Sanchez PHI 49 27 48 27 -6.3% 26 -6.4% 51.3 25 158 1,084 882 7 2 2 6 62.8% 1/11
C.Whitehurst TEN 41 28 45 28 -4.7% 23 -4.2% 48.6 28 107 707 574 5 1 0 2 60.8% 0/0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
A.Davis STL 15 29 -52 30 -10.4% 29 -13.7% 37.6 34 312 1,819 1,644 12 2 3 9 63.8% 2/40
J.Locker TEN -25 30 -34 29 -14.5% 30 -15.6% 60.7 15 122 728 583 4 1 0 4 58.0% 1/29
EJ Manuel BUF -65 31 -56 31 -18.4% 32 -17.5% 19.8 40 136 785 627 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
Z.Mettenberger TEN -97 32 -111 32 -22.0% 34 -23.5% 34.6 35 148 1,016 579 7 1 1 5 58.8% 0/0
D.Carr OAK -121 33 -177 34 -15.7% 31 -17.8% 41.3 32 414 2,165 1,967 14 3 1 9 60.2% 5/93
C.Newton CAR -218 34 -179 35 -20.6% 33 -18.9% 48.9 27 365 2,132 1,558 12 2 4 9 58.7% 4/51
R.Griffin WAS -250 35 -251 36 -39.5% 39 -39.7% 26.7 37 140 722 375 2 1 1 3 70.3% 0/0
M.Vick NYJ -271 36 -295 38 -41.6% 40 -44.3% 22.2 38 138 494 350 3 1 1 2 54.2% 1/32
G.Smith NYJ -279 37 -296 39 -28.0% 35 -29.0% 27.6 36 262 1,337 953 7 2 1 10 58.0% 0/0
J.McCown TB -333 38 -154 33 -38.9% 38 -24.0% 53.8 22 195 1,260 506 7 3 1 8 61.5% 0/0
T.Bridgewater MIN -335 39 -267 37 -30.1% 36 -26.2% 40.8 33 283 1,527 967 6 1 0 7 60.8% 1/7
B.Bortles JAC -564 40 -561 40 -38.2% 37 -38.1% 21.8 39 332 1,891 909 8 3 0 15 62.8% 5/54

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Anderson CAR 165 189 31.4% 37.6% 90.0 58 402 536 4 1 0 0 72.7% 0/0
C.McCoy WAS 84 126 17.6% 31.7% 81.3 47 406 351 1 0 0 1 85.7% 1/22
R.Mallett HOU 83 25 6.7% -5.8% 48.2 74 395 494 2 0 0 2 56.2% 1/15
J.Garoppolo NE 15 26 9.0% 24.8% 37.9 12 75 79 1 0 0 0 90.0% 0/0
B.Weeden DAL -6 -20 -13.4% -18.5% 13.2 41 251 206 2 0 0 2 57.5% 1/17
L.Thomas ARI -15 -20 -38.7% -48.7% 4.6 10 70 23 1 0 0 0 12.5% 0/0
J.Clausen CHI -27 -29 -59.8% -63.2% 1.6 10 33 8 0 0 0 0 33.3% 0/0
J.Campbell CIN -28 -34 -42.9% -50.7% 3.5 13 49 33 0 0 0 0 53.8% 0/0
M.McGloin OAK -40 -65 -41.3% -60.3% 10.3 20 121 52 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -91 -83 -95.8% -88.4% 9.7 16 55 -36 0 0 1 1 46.7% 1/34
S.Hill STL -144 -155 -38.2% -40.3% 39.7 82 473 233 2 2 1 3 59.7% 1/30
C.Ponder MIN -160 -174 -62.2% -66.6% 4.7 50 188 35 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
M.Cassel MIN -167 -159 -44.3% -42.8% 28.9 79 351 177 4 3 0 4 57.7% 2/58
C.Henne JAC -246 -224 -53.8% -50.0% 16.1 94 393 130 3 0 1 1 53.8% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 5 rushes, 38 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wilson SEA 242 1 222 1 55.8% 2 50.2% 70 660 825 4 2
A.Rodgers GB 85 2 91 2 80.5% 1 87.1% 20 184 264 1 0
R.Tannehill MIA 45 3 45 4 13.8% 12 13.6% 33 282 231 1 3
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 44 4 43 6 16.4% 9 16.2% 26 151 213 1 0
C.Newton CAR 43 5 59 3 2.0% 21 7.4% 59 295 298 2 1
J.McCown TB 39 6 36 9 42.7% 3 37.8% 15 92 146 2 0
J.Locker TEN 37 7 42 7 39.7% 5 46.6% 14 111 139 1 0
J.Cutler CHI 35 8 42 8 23.3% 8 29.9% 18 142 155 1 1
B.Bortles JAC 31 9 44 5 3.6% 19 10.2% 36 230 217 0 2
A.Smith KC 25 10 20 11 7.5% 14 3.4% 30 202 151 1 2
D.Carr OAK 22 11 15 16 15.8% 10 7.3% 14 81 110 0 1
D.Brees NO 21 12 23 10 15.7% 11 19.1% 13 59 102 1 0
D.Stanton ARI 19 13 17 14 40.8% 4 34.3% 8 49 72 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Ryan ATL 17 14 16 15 6.9% 16 5.7% 16 80 104 0 0
A.Luck IND 17 15 18 13 -3.2% 22 -2.7% 34 198 171 2 2
E.Manning NYG 16 16 18 12 36.7% 6 40.2% 6 38 62 1 0
N.Foles PHI 13 17 13 17 6.9% 17 5.8% 13 71 82 0 1
P.Rivers SD 12 18 2 26 2.5% 20 -10.0% 14 79 86 0 1
T.Romo DAL 11 19 12 18 30.5% 7 32.4% 5 46 45 0 0
M.Glennon TB 7 20 6 20 6.4% 18 2.6% 7 49 47 0 0
K.Cousins WAS 7 21 5 21 9.3% 13 2.1% 5 22 40 0 0
A.Davis STL 5 22 2 25 7.0% 15 -4.5% 7 43 33 0 0
M.Vick NYJ 4 23 3 24 -8.3% 23 -9.3% 23 151 89 0 2
A.Dalton CIN 2 24 0 27 -11.2% 25 -12.1% 32 117 153 2 1
C.McCoy WAS 1 25 6 19 -8.4% 24 7.6% 7 21 27 1 0
T.Bridgewater MIN -1 26 3 23 -12.9% 26 -9.8% 24 134 97 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Flacco BAL -4 27 4 22 -15.8% 27 -8.8% 14 44 69 0 0
M.Stafford DET -4 28 -2 28 -16.4% 29 -14.7% 17 71 58 2 1
K.Orton BUF -7 29 -6 29 -37.1% 33 -32.8% 5 23 4 0 0
EJ Manuel BUF -9 30 -9 30 -24.6% 31 -25.6% 13 58 30 1 0
C.Kaepernick SF -14 31 -33 36 -16.4% 28 -22.4% 62 347 201 0 4
C.Whitehurst TEN -15 32 -14 31 -49.0% 35 -47.5% 9 52 -5 0 1
R.Griffin WAS -16 33 -18 33 -28.6% 32 -30.8% 20 97 33 0 1
C.Palmer ARI -21 34 -23 34 -97.4% 38 -106.1% 5 28 -30 0 1
B.Roethlisberger PIT -21 35 -17 32 -40.6% 34 -35.9% 11 28 5 0 1
G.Smith NYJ -24 36 -31 35 -24.3% 30 -27.6% 33 144 88 1 2
T.Brady NE -38 37 -42 37 -54.0% 36 -58.0% 12 21 -22 0 1
B.Hoyer CLE -81 38 -82 38 -86.9% 37 -87.1% 18 1 -111 0 1