Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/29/2015

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 1,572 1 1,505 2 26.8% 4 25.1% 72.5 6 636 4,761 5,483 32 2 4 9 68.2% 8/156
A.Rodgers GB 1,564 2 1,581 1 32.2% 1 32.7% 82.6 3 550 4,168 5,035 38 6 2 5 65.8% 7/173
P.Manning DEN 1,412 3 1,358 3 23.9% 5 22.6% 77.3 4 615 4,589 5,166 39 3 2 15 66.5% 10/158
D.Brees NO 1,225 4 1,224 5 15.7% 7 15.7% 71.6 7 684 4,750 5,342 33 4 3 17 69.8% 8/145
T.Romo DAL 1,187 5 1,266 4 27.6% 3 30.1% 82.8 1 465 3,441 4,085 34 3 3 9 70.3% 6/147
T.Brady NE 1,176 6 1,096 6 18.1% 6 16.1% 74.3 5 602 3,950 4,839 33 1 3 9 64.4% 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 987 8 962 8 15.5% 8 14.9% 67.3 9 569 3,825 4,324 27 2 0 12 63.0% 14/283
P.Rivers SD 918 9 803 10 12.6% 10 9.6% 66.8 11 609 4,086 4,365 31 5 2 16 67.0% 8/145
A.Luck IND 879 10 829 9 9.2% 11 8.0% 63.8 13 645 4,573 4,681 40 5 5 16 62.1% 8/158
E.Manning NYG 642 11 735 11 4.6% 16 6.8% 70.9 8 628 4,231 4,164 30 3 4 14 63.3% 10/165
R.Tannehill MIA 630 12 566 12 4.1% 18 2.6% 59.1 16 637 3,713 4,178 27 4 1 12 66.7% 8/131
R.Wilson SEA 503 13 488 15 5.5% 14 5.0% 62.5 14 495 3,241 3,128 20 6 0 7 63.4% 2/80
A.Smith KC 493 14 527 14 4.1% 19 5.1% 49.4 28 511 3,039 3,285 19 0 1 6 65.5% 0/0
M.Stafford DET 423 15 544 13 -0.7% 21 2.3% 55.1 24 645 3,998 3,815 22 3 2 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 398 16 351 18 -0.7% 22 -2.0% 54.0 25 602 3,554 3,622 29 3 6 15 66.0% 9/192
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 383 17 485 16 6.7% 13 11.4% 55.3 22 334 2,393 2,249 17 3 1 8 63.3% 6/65
C.Palmer ARI 285 18 400 17 8.5% 12 16.4% 64.8 12 235 1,562 1,556 11 0 1 3 63.3% 4/86
N.Foles PHI 264 19 280 20 1.8% 20 2.6% 62.2 15 322 2,108 2,009 13 1 2 10 60.4% 4/113
D.Anderson CAR 254 20 282 19 27.8% 2 32.1% 82.8 2 102 664 870 5 2 0 0 68.4% 0/0
D.Stanton ARI 238 21 185 25 4.2% 17 0.7% 58.0 18 252 1,644 1,576 7 1 0 5 55.2% 4/112
A.Dalton CIN 237 22 238 23 -3.7% 25 -3.6% 55.2 23 502 3,284 2,882 19 0 1 17 64.2% 5/55
K.Cousins WAS 223 23 213 24 4.6% 15 3.9% 46.9 29 212 1,625 1,431 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
M.Sanchez PHI 210 24 255 22 -1.4% 23 0.7% 58.2 17 334 2,226 2,018 14 2 2 11 64.3% 3/64
B.Hoyer CLE 166 25 255 21 -5.3% 26 -2.2% 43.1 31 465 3,170 2,513 12 2 1 12 55.7% 3/32
K.Orton BUF 131 26 87 28 -6.8% 27 -8.3% 42.6 32 478 2,808 2,647 18 0 3 10 64.8% 2/16
M.Glennon TB 107 27 161 27 -3.1% 24 1.1% 56.0 20 219 1,318 1,209 10 2 0 6 57.9% 2/19
C.Kaepernick SF 91 28 176 26 -8.4% 29 -5.9% 55.9 21 532 3,033 2,816 19 1 3 10 60.5% 6/115
C.Whitehurst TEN 49 29 80 29 -7.2% 28 -4.6% 39.6 33 200 1,208 1,050 7 2 0 2 58.0% 0/0
A.Davis STL 47 30 -2 30 -8.8% 30 -11.2% 37.6 37 312 1,819 1,687 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 -32 31 -116 37 -16.5% 36 -30.3% 37.8 36 99 516 444 2 0 0 4 48.4% 2/39
G.Smith NYJ -33 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 -43 33 -9 31 -15.9% 35 -12.1% 46.1 30 145 947 663 4 3 1 3 71.1% 2/50
S.Hill STL -46 34 -35 33 -14.1% 32 -13.4% 38.1 35 248 1,538 1,195 8 5 1 7 63.3% 3/84
EJ Manuel BUF -53 35 -36 34 -17.1% 38 -15.2% 19.8 44 136 785 643 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
C.Newton CAR -105 36 -46 35 -14.5% 33 -12.6% 56.9 19 485 2,841 2,365 18 3 4 11 58.7% 5/60
D.Carr OAK -150 37 -355 41 -14.9% 34 -20.1% 38.4 34 622 3,071 2,969 21 5 4 12 58.9% 6/102
T.Bridgewater MIN -159 38 -82 36 -16.9% 37 -14.1% 50.2 27 436 2,656 1,997 14 3 0 11 65.4% 1/7
J.Locker TEN -171 39 -215 38 -27.8% 39 -32.1% 51.1 26 162 912 594 5 1 1 7 59.2% 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 -228 41 -273 40 -36.8% 42 -41.8% 22.2 42 138 494 408 3 1 1 2 54.2% 1/32
R.Griffin WAS -374 42 -372 42 -34.2% 41 -34.1% 30.8 40 250 1,452 803 4 4 2 6 69.2% 1/10
J.McCown TB -665 43 -576 43 -41.9% 44 -37.8% 35.7 38 360 1,971 833 11 5 4 14 57.0% 2/62
B.Bortles JAC -955 44 -935 44 -40.7% 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 120 37 14.5% -3.3% 48.2 74 395 544 2 0 0 2 56.2% 1/15
M.Hasselbeck IND 71 96 10.8% 18.6% 71.6 46 286 357 2 0 1 0 68.2% 2/32
B.Weeden DAL 21 25 -3.5% -2.0% 15.4 42 294 247 3 0 0 2 58.5% 1/17
B.Osweiler DEN -5 1 -19.7% -10.0% 10.2 10 42 39 1 0 0 0 44.4% 0/0
J.Clausen CHI -5 -37 -12.7% -22.9% 40.6 51 203 246 2 0 0 1 54.2% 0/0
J.Garoppolo NE -5 -28 -13.8% -25.6% 19.2 32 146 151 1 0 0 0 70.4% 0/0
L.Thomas ARI -18 -25 -41.4% -51.8% 3.9 11 70 24 1 0 0 0 11.1% 0/0
T.Savage HOU -20 -33 -24.2% -32.7% 12.7 21 117 95 0 1 0 1 52.6% 0/0
C.Daniel KC -28 -18 -24.4% -19.7% 46.4 32 140 130 0 0 0 0 57.1% 1/6
C.Keenum HOU -50 -43 -20.8% -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 -54.4% -58.2% 10.3 20 121 29 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
C.Shaw CLE -68 -73 -44.2% -46.4% 14.8 33 148 73 0 0 1 1 50.0% 0/0
J.Campbell CIN -74 -76 -64.4% -65.9% 5.8 20 69 11 0 0 1 0 57.9% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -104 -95 -98.1% -90.3% 4.8 18 54 -44 0 0 1 1 50.0% 1/34
J.Manziel CLE -144 -180 -73.2% -88.6% 5.1 38 149 -9 0 0 0 2 51.4% 0/0
C.Ponder MIN -146 -169 -57.5% -65.1% 4.7 50 188 55 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
M.Cassel MIN -147 -150 -40.4% -40.9% 28.9 79 351 204 4 3 0 4 57.7% 2/58
M.Schaub OAK -158 -158 -220.7% -220.5% 0.1 13 28 -154 0 1 1 2 50.0% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -249 -210 -54.3% -47.5% 16.1 94 393 126 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 269 1 250 1 43.7% 4 39.8% 97 872 976 6 4
C.Newton CAR 146 2 169 2 16.3% 11 20.8% 95 544 692 5 2
A.Rodgers GB 104 3 116 3 54.4% 1 62.0% 31 283 355 2 1
B.Bortles JAC 100 4 110 4 24.7% 9 28.4% 52 422 430 0 2
C.Kaepernick SF 88 5 60 6 7.5% 15 1.4% 88 653 530 1 4
J.Cutler CHI 65 6 75 5 38.3% 5 46.0% 24 204 247 2 1
J.Locker TEN 53 7 60 7 46.1% 3 52.8% 17 146 191 1 0
R.Tannehill MIA 51 8 51 8 11.4% 12 11.5% 41 323 277 1 3
J.McCown TB 47 9 47 9 35.9% 7 35.9% 22 127 184 3 0
D.Carr OAK 40 10 31 12 28.4% 8 19.2% 18 106 167 0 0
A.Luck IND 40 11 36 11 4.4% 17 2.6% 47 275 269 3 3
A.Smith KC 38 12 28 14 8.5% 14 3.2% 41 260 224 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 32 13 36 10 2.8% 19 4.5% 37 195 234 2 0
D.Stanton ARI 27 14 23 15 36.2% 6 28.6% 13 78 104 0 0
D.Brees NO 27 15 29 13 17.7% 10 20.3% 16 77 129 1 0
A.Dalton CIN 26 16 20 18 -2.9% 20 -5.0% 46 181 267 4 2
M.Ryan ATL 23 17 23 16 4.8% 16 4.5% 25 146 154 0 1
T.Romo DAL 23 18 21 17 50.9% 2 47.0% 9 76 80 0 0
N.Foles PHI 15 19 13 19 9.5% 13 6.4% 13 71 87 0 1
C.Keenum HOU 9 20 11 20 4.3% 18 7.5% 8 37 62 0 0
T.Bridgewater MIN 8 21 10 21 -8.5% 22 -7.7% 40 220 183 1 0
C.Whitehurst TEN 5 22 4 23 -5.9% 21 -7.3% 15 94 64 0 1
M.Vick NYJ 3 23 3 24 -8.9% 23 -9.0% 23 151 88 0 2
P.Rivers SD 3 24 -4 26 -10.0% 24 -15.7% 22 112 93 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Flacco BAL -1 25 10 22 -12.9% 25 -6.8% 24 85 129 2 1
M.Stafford DET -4 26 -2 25 -15.4% 26 -13.7% 23 107 82 2 2
J.Manziel CLE -9 27 -6 27 -36.7% 33 -27.0% 9 29 6 1 0
EJ Manuel BUF -10 28 -8 28 -26.3% 30 -23.8% 13 58 27 1 0
C.McCoy WAS -13 29 -10 29 -33.0% 31 -28.3% 14 67 15 1 2
M.Sanchez PHI -15 30 -13 30 -25.9% 29 -24.5% 21 88 45 1 2
T.Brady NE -19 31 -16 31 -25.1% 27 -23.1% 21 73 61 0 1
R.Griffin WAS -23 32 -22 32 -25.5% 28 -24.9% 34 174 73 1 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT -34 33 -29 33 -50.8% 34 -45.3% 14 36 -15 0 2
B.Hoyer CLE -59 34 -59 34 -64.8% 35 -64.7% 19 37 -56 0 1
G.Smith NYJ -65 35 -67 35 -34.3% 32 -34.9% 54 235 62 1 4