Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/16/2014

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, 43 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 1,496 1 1,394 1 32.4% 1 29.4% 80.8 3 530 4,019 4,802 37 3 1 11 67.4% 8/121
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,315 2 1,291 3 24.5% 4 23.8% 72.3 8 571 4,237 4,767 29 2 3 8 68.3% 6/122
D.Brees NO 1,308 3 1,293 2 21.8% 7 21.4% 74.2 7 593 4,201 4,976 31 3 2 12 70.7% 7/145
A.Rodgers GB 1,259 4 1,266 4 28.6% 2 28.8% 81.1 2 487 3,632 4,267 35 6 1 5 64.3% 6/172
T.Brady NE 1,238 5 1,122 5 22.7% 6 19.5% 77.5 5 546 3,731 4,631 32 1 3 8 64.8% 11/182
M.Ryan ATL 1,044 6 993 7 17.5% 10 16.1% 67.2 11 561 3,944 4,358 27 2 2 11 66.4% 3/42
J.Flacco BAL 996 7 1,031 6 20.5% 8 21.6% 74.3 6 480 3,349 3,896 23 1 0 9 65.0% 13/275
P.Rivers SD 948 8 849 9 18.3% 9 15.2% 70.5 9 511 3,499 3,888 27 4 1 12 68.0% 7/133
T.Romo DAL 940 9 979 8 23.6% 5 25.1% 80.3 4 409 2,947 3,456 28 2 3 8 69.8% 5/121
A.Luck IND 871 10 811 10 10.2% 11 8.7% 65.4 12 607 4,304 4,470 38 5 5 14 61.8% 8/158
A.Smith KC 538 11 484 12 7.3% 13 5.5% 49.8 25 459 2,766 3,081 19 0 1 6 65.0% 0/0
R.Tannehill MIA 473 12 397 16 2.4% 18 0.2% 57.7 17 542 3,118 3,461 22 4 0 11 66.5% 7/116
M.Stafford DET 462 13 520 11 2.2% 19 3.8% 56.4 19 558 3,569 3,411 19 3 2 10 62.0% 5/58
J.Cutler CHI 383 14 336 17 -0.5% 21 -1.8% 55.0 22 564 3,381 3,435 28 3 6 15 66.1% 9/192
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 359 15 451 13 5.5% 15 9.8% 55.3 21 335 2,389 2,222 17 3 1 8 63.3% 6/65
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
N.Foles PHI 300 16 263 21 3.6% 17 1.8% 62.2 14 320 2,099 2,047 13 1 2 10 60.1% 4/113
R.Wilson SEA 279 17 287 19 -0.6% 22 -0.3% 60.4 15 435 2,667 2,524 18 5 0 6 62.8% 2/80
C.Palmer ARI 272 18 405 14 7.8% 12 17.0% 64.8 13 233 1,566 1,526 11 0 1 3 62.9% 4/86
E.Manning NYG 266 19 404 15 -3.7% 25 0.1% 68.4 10 542 3,406 3,248 26 3 4 13 63.4% 10/165
D.Stanton ARI 242 20 185 24 4.5% 16 0.8% 58.0 16 251 1,648 1,576 7 1 0 5 55.0% 4/112
K.Cousins WAS 238 21 200 23 5.7% 14 3.0% 46.9 28 212 1,625 1,452 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
D.Anderson CAR 234 22 277 20 24.8% 3 31.4% 82.8 1 102 664 843 5 2 0 0 68.4% 0/0
A.Dalton CIN 225 23 208 22 -3.0% 23 -3.6% 57.4 18 436 2,917 2,537 15 0 1 14 63.4% 5/55
B.Hoyer CLE 169 24 291 18 -5.0% 26 -0.5% 43.6 32 446 3,066 2,433 11 2 1 11 55.6% 3/32
K.Orton BUF 117 25 9 29 -6.6% 27 -10.8% 39.3 36 402 2,336 2,225 14 0 2 8 64.4% 2/16
M.Glennon TB 102 26 149 25 -3.4% 24 0.2% 56.0 20 219 1,318 1,203 10 2 0 6 57.9% 2/19
C.Whitehurst TEN 83 27 113 26 -0.3% 20 3.5% 46.8 29 131 903 735 5 1 0 2 57.5% 0/0
C.Kaepernick SF 27 28 104 27 -10.3% 28 -7.7% 49.7 26 478 2,742 2,466 16 1 2 10 60.5% 5/107
A.Davis STL 11 29 -21 31 -10.6% 29 -12.2% 37.6 37 312 1,819 1,639 12 2 3 9 63.8% 2/40
C.McCoy WAS -22 30 5 30 -13.6% 30 -10.6% 46.1 31 145 947 691 4 2 1 3 71.1% 2/50
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Sanchez PHI -40 31 13 28 -13.7% 31 -10.3% 48.8 27 243 1,595 1,195 10 3 2 9 62.2% 2/23
EJ Manuel BUF -72 32 -44 32 -19.2% 35 -16.1% 19.8 43 136 785 618 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
S.Hill STL -83 33 -55 33 -18.9% 34 -16.3% 40.9 34 173 1,054 754 6 4 1 4 59.4% 2/58
D.Carr OAK -136 34 -253 38 -15.0% 32 -18.4% 41.5 33 545 2,759 2,616 18 3 2 11 60.1% 6/102
C.Newton CAR -176 35 -92 34 -17.5% 33 -14.4% 51.2 23 436 2,528 2,004 16 2 4 10 58.6% 4/51
J.Locker TEN -213 36 -226 36 -32.0% 39 -33.3% 51.1 24 161 906 533 5 1 1 7 58.9% 1/29
T.Bridgewater MIN -219 37 -150 35 -20.2% 36 -17.4% 46.4 30 379 2,228 1,641 11 3 0 9 64.5% 1/7
M.Vick NYJ -235 38 -280 40 -37.6% 40 -42.7% 22.2 41 138 494 398 3 1 1 2 54.2% 1/32
Z.Mettenberger TEN -243 39 -246 37 -31.3% 38 -31.6% 30.1 38 197 1,277 626 8 2 2 7 59.8% 0/0
G.Smith NYJ -280 40 -276 39 -23.9% 37 -23.8% 28.2 39 340 1,785 1,377 9 2 1 12 58.3% 3/41
R.Griffin WAS -326 41 -329 41 -39.8% 43 -40.1% 25.5 40 179 938 476 3 3 1 3 69.8% 0/0
J.McCown TB -497 42 -381 42 -38.1% 41 -31.8% 40.6 35 302 1,778 799 10 4 4 12 57.5% 2/62
B.Bortles JAC -775 43 -754 43 -38.5% 42 -37.7% 21.4 42 462 2,366 1,232 10 3 0 16 61.0% 5/54

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Mallett HOU 114 32 13.2% -4.4% 48.2 74 395 536 2 0 0 2 56.2% 1/15
J.Garoppolo NE 19 29 14.0% 27.9% 35.8 12 75 84 1 0 0 0 90.0% 0/0
B.Weeden DAL -8 -17 -14.2% -17.5% 13.2 41 251 204 2 0 0 2 57.5% 1/17
L.Thomas ARI -13 -18 -35.1% -45.2% 4.6 10 70 26 1 0 0 0 12.5% 0/0
R.Lindley ARI -22 -33 -50.7% -70.5% 7.0 10 30 15 0 0 0 0 40.0% 0/0
J.Clausen CHI -26 -28 -57.0% -61.6% 1.6 10 33 10 0 0 0 0 33.3% 0/0
T.Savage HOU -43 -59 -38.4% -48.2% 12.7 22 114 69 0 1 1 1 52.6% 0/0
M.McGloin OAK -46 -64 -45.3% -59.0% 10.3 20 121 45 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
J.Campbell CIN -73 -77 -63.4% -66.6% 5.8 20 69 13 0 0 1 0 57.9% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -90 -80 -94.9% -86.0% 9.7 16 55 -35 0 0 1 1 46.7% 1/34
M.Cassel MIN -127 -154 -36.5% -41.9% 28.9 79 351 231 4 3 0 4 57.7% 2/58
J.Manziel CLE -128 -158 -83.3% -99.9% 5.2 30 117 -31 0 0 0 2 55.6% 0/0
M.Schaub OAK -154 -158 -215.6% -221.6% 0.1 13 28 -149 0 1 1 2 50.0% 0/0
C.Ponder MIN -157 -171 -61.1% -65.8% 4.7 50 188 40 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -262 -216 -56.5% -48.6% 16.1 94 393 108 3 0 1 1 53.8% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 7 rushes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wilson SEA 254 1 230 1 46.4% 3 40.8% 88 774 906 5 3
A.Rodgers GB 89 2 102 3 52.1% 1 61.5% 29 269 307 1 1
C.Newton CAR 88 3 111 2 8.8% 13 14.2% 79 428 491 3 2
R.Tannehill MIA 61 4 61 6 17.7% 8 17.5% 39 324 293 1 3
J.Cutler CHI 59 5 67 4 43.0% 5 50.2% 20 172 215 2 1
B.Bortles JAC 56 6 66 5 10.9% 10 15.0% 44 311 307 0 2
J.Locker TEN 53 7 59 7 45.7% 4 52.0% 17 146 190 1 0
A.Luck IND 52 8 50 8 10.0% 11 9.2% 45 277 290 3 2
J.McCown TB 51 9 48 9 46.8% 2 43.7% 20 121 183 3 0
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 40 10 43 10 6.4% 15 7.9% 36 199 248 2 0
M.Ryan ATL 38 11 38 11 18.7% 7 19.1% 22 136 178 0 0
A.Smith KC 31 12 18 15 5.3% 16 -2.0% 40 252 203 1 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Stanton ARI 27 13 22 14 36.1% 6 28.0% 13 78 104 0 0
D.Brees NO 24 14 25 12 16.5% 9 17.6% 15 68 116 1 0
A.Dalton CIN 19 15 15 16 -4.3% 20 -5.7% 39 146 219 4 2
N.Foles PHI 15 16 13 17 8.7% 14 6.2% 13 71 85 0 1
D.Carr OAK 15 17 8 20 3.7% 18 -3.6% 17 84 101 0 1
C.Kaepernick SF 13 18 -16 31 -8.7% 24 -16.3% 77 436 312 0 4
J.Flacco BAL 10 19 24 13 -6.5% 22 1.8% 22 77 145 2 0
M.Sanchez PHI 9 20 12 18 4.1% 17 10.3% 10 49 63 1 0
P.Rivers SD 6 21 -2 25 -6.4% 21 -14.3% 21 110 98 0 1
T.Bridgewater MIN 6 22 9 19 -8.6% 23 -7.2% 32 183 149 1 0
A.Davis STL 6 23 2 23 9.0% 12 -4.5% 7 43 35 0 0
M.Glennon TB 6 24 6 21 2.0% 19 3.8% 7 49 43 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Vick NYJ 1 25 3 22 -11.1% 25 -9.1% 23 151 82 0 2
J.Manziel CLE -4 26 0 24 -24.3% 27 -12.6% 7 26 13 1 0
M.Stafford DET -7 27 -8 26 -19.5% 26 -19.8% 18 73 55 2 1
EJ Manuel BUF -9 28 -9 27 -25.6% 28 -25.0% 13 58 28 1 0
C.Whitehurst TEN -10 29 -10 28 -32.7% 32 -32.1% 10 62 12 0 1
B.Roethlisberger PIT -16 30 -12 30 -32.5% 31 -27.8% 12 36 20 0 1
C.McCoy WAS -16 31 -11 29 -37.2% 34 -29.2% 14 67 9 1 2
R.Griffin WAS -22 32 -25 33 -30.1% 30 -33.1% 25 143 37 0 2
T.Brady NE -25 33 -23 32 -33.7% 33 -32.2% 16 49 26 0 1
G.Smith NYJ -38 34 -42 34 -26.7% 29 -28.0% 47 210 101 1 3
B.Hoyer CLE -83 35 -84 35 -86.6% 35 -87.9% 19 5 -112 0 1