Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/29/2014

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, 44 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,598 1 1,535 2 27.5% 4 25.9% 72.5 6 635 4,768 5,511 32 2 3 9 68.2% 8/156
A.Rodgers GB 1,563 2 1,581 1 32.2% 1 32.7% 82.6 3 550 4,168 5,032 38 6 2 5 65.8% 7/173
P.Manning DEN 1,433 3 1,379 3 24.5% 5 23.2% 77.3 4 614 4,589 5,186 39 3 1 15 66.5% 10/158
D.Brees NO 1,212 4 1,211 5 15.4% 7 15.4% 71.6 7 684 4,750 5,324 33 4 3 17 69.8% 8/145
T.Romo DAL 1,198 5 1,277 4 27.9% 2 30.5% 82.8 1 465 3,437 4,099 34 2 3 9 70.3% 6/147
T.Brady NE 1,173 6 1,096 6 18.1% 6 16.1% 74.3 5 603 3,950 4,836 33 1 3 9 64.3% 11/182
M.Ryan ATL 1,101 7 1,072 7 14.9% 9 14.2% 67.0 10 654 4,491 4,907 28 2 2 13 66.6% 3/42
J.Flacco BAL 982 8 962 8 15.4% 8 14.8% 67.3 9 569 3,826 4,319 27 2 0 12 62.8% 14/283
P.Rivers SD 917 9 803 10 12.6% 10 9.6% 66.8 11 609 4,086 4,363 31 5 2 16 67.0% 8/145
A.Luck IND 885 10 836 9 9.3% 12 8.2% 63.8 13 644 4,573 4,683 40 5 5 16 62.2% 8/158
E.Manning NYG 632 11 723 11 4.3% 16 6.5% 70.9 8 628 4,221 4,151 30 3 4 14 63.3% 10/165
R.Tannehill MIA 613 12 551 12 3.7% 19 2.2% 59.1 16 637 3,704 4,156 27 4 1 12 66.7% 8/131
A.Smith KC 493 13 526 13 4.1% 18 5.1% 49.4 28 511 3,039 3,285 19 0 1 6 65.5% 0/0
R.Wilson SEA 465 14 446 16 4.2% 17 3.6% 62.5 14 495 3,217 3,080 20 7 0 7 63.3% 2/80
M.Stafford DET 409 15 525 14 -1.0% 22 1.8% 55.1 24 646 3,998 3,800 22 3 3 12 60.9% 7/119
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Cutler CHI 406 16 356 18 -0.5% 21 -1.8% 54.0 25 601 3,553 3,630 29 3 6 15 66.0% 9/192
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 382 17 484 15 6.7% 13 11.4% 55.3 22 334 2,393 2,248 17 3 1 8 63.3% 6/65
C.Palmer ARI 302 18 419 17 9.9% 11 18.1% 64.8 12 233 1,566 1,567 11 0 1 3 62.9% 4/86
N.Foles PHI 268 19 280 20 2.0% 20 2.6% 62.2 15 322 2,108 2,014 13 1 2 10 60.4% 4/113
D.Stanton ARI 253 20 200 25 5.2% 14 1.8% 58.0 18 251 1,648 1,590 7 1 0 5 55.0% 4/112
D.Anderson CAR 252 21 281 19 27.6% 3 32.1% 82.8 2 102 664 867 5 2 0 0 68.4% 0/0
A.Dalton CIN 232 22 231 23 -3.9% 25 -3.9% 55.2 23 503 3,284 2,881 19 0 1 17 64.1% 5/55
K.Cousins WAS 224 23 213 24 4.7% 15 3.9% 46.9 29 212 1,625 1,433 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
M.Sanchez PHI 209 24 254 22 -1.5% 23 0.6% 58.2 17 334 2,226 2,016 14 2 2 11 64.3% 3/64
B.Hoyer CLE 180 25 270 21 -4.8% 26 -1.6% 43.1 31 463 3,171 2,521 12 2 1 12 55.6% 3/32
K.Orton BUF 129 26 87 28 -6.9% 27 -8.3% 42.6 32 478 2,808 2,645 18 0 3 10 64.8% 2/16
M.Glennon TB 109 27 161 27 -2.9% 24 1.1% 56.0 20 219 1,318 1,212 10 2 0 6 57.9% 2/19
C.Kaepernick SF 93 28 176 26 -8.4% 29 -5.9% 55.9 21 532 3,033 2,818 19 1 3 10 60.5% 6/115
C.Whitehurst TEN 49 29 80 29 -7.1% 28 -4.6% 39.6 33 200 1,208 1,050 7 2 0 2 58.0% 0/0
A.Davis STL 46 30 -2 30 -8.8% 30 -11.2% 37.6 37 312 1,819 1,686 12 2 3 9 63.8% 2/40
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Lindley ARI -17 31 -102 37 -14.0% 32 -28.0% 37.8 36 98 522 460 2 0 0 4 48.4% 2/39
G.Smith NYJ -34 32 -21 32 -12.5% 31 -12.0% 35.4 39 395 2,328 1,989 13 2 1 13 60.2% 3/41
C.McCoy WAS -41 33 -9 31 -15.7% 35 -12.1% 46.1 30 145 947 666 4 3 1 3 71.1% 2/50
EJ Manuel BUF -54 34 -36 33 -17.2% 38 -15.2% 19.8 44 136 785 642 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
S.Hill STL -82 35 -70 35 -16.4% 36 -15.7% 38.1 35 248 1,538 1,147 8 5 1 7 63.3% 3/84
C.Newton CAR -104 36 -46 34 -14.5% 33 -12.6% 56.9 19 485 2,841 2,366 18 3 4 11 58.7% 5/60
D.Carr OAK -149 37 -354 41 -14.9% 34 -20.1% 38.4 34 622 3,071 2,971 21 5 4 12 58.9% 6/102
T.Bridgewater MIN -160 38 -82 36 -16.9% 37 -14.1% 50.2 27 436 2,656 1,996 14 3 0 11 65.4% 1/7
J.Locker TEN -175 39 -216 38 -28.3% 39 -32.3% 51.1 26 161 906 585 5 1 1 7 58.9% 1/29
Z.Mettenberger TEN -211 40 -235 39 -28.7% 40 -30.7% 30.1 41 197 1,277 669 8 2 2 7 59.8% 0/0
M.Vick NYJ -229 41 -273 40 -36.9% 42 -41.9% 22.2 42 138 494 407 3 1 1 2 54.2% 1/32
R.Griffin WAS -371 42 -369 42 -34.1% 41 -34.0% 30.8 40 249 1,450 801 4 4 2 6 69.0% 1/10
J.McCown TB -665 43 -577 43 -41.9% 44 -37.8% 35.7 38 360 1,971 834 11 5 4 14 57.0% 2/62
B.Bortles JAC -955 44 -935 44 -40.6% 43 -40.0% 21.9 43 530 2,554 1,310 11 5 0 16 59.1% 6/61

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Mallett HOU 118 37 14.0% -3.3% 48.2 74 395 540 2 0 0 2 56.2% 1/15
M.Hasselbeck IND 72 96 11.0% 18.6% 71.6 46 286 358 2 0 1 0 68.2% 2/32
B.Weeden DAL 23 25 -2.8% -2.0% 15.4 42 294 250 3 0 0 2 58.5% 1/17
J.Clausen CHI -5 -37 -12.7% -22.9% 40.6 51 203 246 2 0 0 1 54.2% 0/0
B.Osweiler DEN -5 1 -20.1% -9.9% 10.2 10 42 39 1 0 0 0 44.4% 0/0
J.Garoppolo NE -5 -29 -13.9% -25.6% 19.2 32 146 151 1 0 0 0 70.4% 0/0
L.Thomas ARI -18 -25 -41.4% -51.7% 3.9 11 70 24 1 0 0 0 11.1% 0/0
T.Savage HOU -20 -33 -24.1% -32.7% 12.7 21 117 95 0 1 0 1 52.6% 0/0
C.Daniel KC -28 -18 -24.4% -19.8% 46.4 32 140 130 0 0 0 0 57.1% 1/6
C.Keenum HOU -49 -43 -20.7% -19.4% 43.7 80 422 355 2 0 1 2 58.4% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.McGloin OAK -58 -63 -54.5% -58.2% 10.3 20 121 29 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
C.Shaw CLE -68 -72 -44.1% -46.3% 14.8 33 148 73 0 0 1 1 50.0% 0/0
J.Campbell CIN -74 -76 -64.5% -66.0% 5.8 20 69 11 0 0 1 0 57.9% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -104 -95 -97.8% -90.4% 4.8 18 54 -44 0 0 1 1 50.0% 1/34
C.Ponder MIN -145 -169 -57.2% -65.1% 4.7 50 188 56 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
J.Manziel CLE -145 -180 -73.7% -88.6% 5.1 38 149 -11 0 0 0 2 51.4% 0/0
M.Cassel MIN -146 -150 -40.2% -41.0% 28.9 79 351 206 4 3 0 4 57.7% 2/58
M.Schaub OAK -157 -158 -220.0% -220.6% 0.1 13 28 -153 0 1 1 2 50.0% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -251 -210 -54.6% -47.5% 16.1 94 393 123 3 0 1 1 53.8% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wilson SEA 284 1 266 1 47.7% 3 44.1% 96 873 1,004 6 3
C.Newton CAR 146 2 170 2 16.3% 12 20.9% 95 544 693 5 2
A.Rodgers GB 104 3 116 3 54.5% 1 62.2% 31 283 355 2 1
B.Bortles JAC 100 4 110 4 24.6% 8 28.4% 52 422 429 0 2
C.Kaepernick SF 88 5 61 7 7.5% 15 1.6% 88 653 531 1 4
J.Cutler CHI 65 6 75 5 38.2% 5 46.1% 24 204 247 2 1
R.Tannehill MIA 63 7 64 6 17.9% 10 18.3% 40 329 299 1 3
J.Locker TEN 54 8 60 8 47.2% 4 52.9% 17 146 194 1 0
J.McCown TB 47 9 47 9 35.7% 7 36.1% 22 127 183 3 0
A.Luck IND 41 10 36 11 4.6% 16 2.7% 47 275 270 3 3
A.Smith KC 38 11 29 13 8.5% 14 3.3% 41 260 225 1 1
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 33 12 37 10 3.1% 19 4.7% 37 195 236 2 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Carr OAK 31 13 20 17 17.8% 11 7.4% 19 97 149 0 0
D.Brees NO 27 14 30 12 18.1% 9 20.5% 16 77 130 1 0
D.Stanton ARI 27 15 23 15 36.1% 6 28.7% 13 78 104 0 0
A.Dalton CIN 25 16 20 18 -3.1% 20 -5.0% 46 181 265 4 2
M.Ryan ATL 23 17 23 14 4.6% 17 4.6% 25 146 153 0 1
T.Romo DAL 23 18 22 16 50.7% 2 47.6% 9 76 80 0 0
N.Foles PHI 15 19 13 19 9.9% 13 6.7% 13 71 87 0 1
C.Keenum HOU 9 20 11 20 4.2% 18 7.6% 8 37 62 0 0
T.Bridgewater MIN 9 21 10 21 -8.3% 23 -7.5% 40 220 184 1 0
M.Stafford DET 8 22 10 22 -5.6% 21 -3.6% 22 107 106 2 1
C.Whitehurst TEN 5 23 4 25 -6.0% 22 -7.3% 15 94 64 0 1
M.Vick NYJ 4 24 4 24 -8.4% 24 -8.7% 23 151 89 0 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
P.Rivers SD 3 25 -4 26 -9.8% 25 -15.5% 22 112 93 0 1
J.Flacco BAL -1 26 10 23 -12.6% 26 -6.9% 24 85 131 2 1
J.Manziel CLE -9 27 -6 27 -35.6% 33 -26.9% 9 29 7 1 0
EJ Manuel BUF -9 28 -8 28 -25.8% 29 -23.6% 13 58 28 1 0
C.McCoy WAS -14 29 -10 29 -33.6% 32 -28.3% 14 67 15 1 2
M.Sanchez PHI -15 30 -13 30 -26.1% 30 -24.5% 21 88 45 1 2
T.Brady NE -19 31 -16 31 -25.0% 27 -23.1% 21 73 62 0 1
R.Griffin WAS -23 32 -22 32 -25.3% 28 -24.7% 34 174 73 1 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT -54 33 -48 33 -69.5% 34 -63.1% 15 29 -58 0 3
G.Smith NYJ -63 34 -64 34 -32.9% 31 -33.4% 55 237 73 1 4
B.Hoyer CLE -68 35 -69 35 -70.4% 35 -70.7% 20 31 -74 0 1