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QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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.
  • Please note there are no opponent adjustments until after Week 4.

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

PASSING: Minimum 25 passes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Manning DEN 300 1 62.6% 1 92.0 2 64 496 737 6 0 0 0 69.4% 1/17
M.Stafford DET 184 2 25.1% 6 81.4 5 85 596 658 3 0 0 1 61.3% 0/0
D.Brees NO 158 3 16.8% 9 71.1 10 83 556 669 3 0 0 2 69.1% 2/45
A.Dalton CIN 157 4 29.0% 4 52.1 20 61 553 530 2 0 0 0 65.6% 0/0
J.Cutler CHI 153 5 15.0% 11 63.5 12 87 492 681 6 1 0 2 68.7% 2/52
M.Ryan ATL 140 6 13.8% 14 74.0 7 89 657 641 4 0 0 3 64.0% 1/12
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 130 7 34.7% 3 84.1 4 42 340 406 3 1 0 0 68.3% 1/1
K.Cousins WAS 130 8 43.2% 2 93.7 1 35 229 369 2 0 0 0 66.7% 1/14
P.Rivers SD 121 9 15.0% 12 73.6 8 77 497 539 4 3 0 1 67.1% 0/0
EJ Manuel BUF 106 10 22.9% 8 57.1 17 49 369 393 2 0 0 1 66.7% 0/0
R.Wilson SEA 99 11 15.1% 10 49.0 22 56 371 440 4 1 0 0 67.9% 0/0
C.Palmer ARI 95 12 25.6% 5 79.9 6 39 290 337 2 0 1 0 64.9% 1/15
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
A.Rodgers GB 92 13 5.8% 17 72.1 9 83 486 566 4 1 1 1 64.0% 2/71
B.Hoyer CLE 89 14 7.9% 16 59.0 15 75 408 495 2 0 0 0 60.6% 1/19
C.Kaepernick SF 77 15 8.4% 15 47.0 24 62 424 421 3 0 0 3 64.9% 1/7
C.Newton CAR 76 16 24.7% 7 55.2 18 38 251 272 1 0 0 0 64.7% 0/0
N.Foles PHI 69 17 1.7% 18 50.7 21 86 608 528 3 0 2 2 59.3% 1/35
J.Flacco BAL 63 18 -1.2% 19 61.7 13 94 495 599 3 0 0 1 61.5% 2/38
D.Anderson CAR 59 19 14.8% 13 89.7 3 35 208 263 2 1 0 0 75.0% 0/0
J.Locker TEN 42 20 -2.1% 20 43.2 28 73 475 436 3 0 0 2 59.7% 0/0
A.Luck IND 39 21 -4.7% 23 52.7 19 90 526 548 5 0 0 3 63.2% 1/25
B.Roethlisberger PIT 35 22 -3.8% 22 43.7 26 74 540 427 1 0 0 2 66.2% 0/0
A.Davis STL 30 23 -3.2% 21 64.3 11 58 391 341 0 0 0 1 73.1% 0/0
D.Carr OAK 4 24 -10.4% 24 43.7 27 76 396 414 3 0 0 2 63.5% 2/47
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
G.Smith NYJ -20 25 -16.2% 25 42.3 29 63 359 289 2 1 0 2 65.0% 0/0
D.Stanton ARI -27 26 -24.8% 31 35.3 32 33 142 124 0 0 0 0 48.3% 0/0
R.Griffin WAS -29 27 -21.0% 30 36.2 31 46 251 194 0 1 1 0 79.5% 0/0
T.Brady NE -35 28 -17.7% 26 48.1 23 83 366 398 2 0 2 0 56.4% 2/28
T.Romo DAL -38 29 -18.6% 27 41.0 30 73 403 356 2 0 0 3 63.6% 1/9
R.Tannehill MIA -44 30 -18.6% 28 30.8 34 86 381 413 3 0 0 2 60.5% 0/0
A.Smith KC -45 31 -19.5% 29 46.0 25 83 425 372 1 0 0 3 58.4% 0/0
E.Manning NYG -88 32 -26.9% 32 59.9 14 76 404 329 3 0 0 4 61.1% 4/66
M.Cassel MIN -97 33 -33.9% 33 31.0 33 68 317 212 4 1 0 4 59.0% 2/58
J.McCown TB -112 34 -40.6% 34 57.9 16 59 337 153 2 1 0 3 69.1% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -153 35 -41.1% 35 19.1 35 84 371 204 3 0 1 1 53.5% 0/0

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-24 passes

Player Team DYAR DVOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Hill STL -63 -93.1% 25.3 14 75 -24 0 1 0 1 61.5% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 2 rushes, 28 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.McCown TB 36 1 99.7% 5 5 33 106 2 0
D.Carr OAK 24 2 109.7% 3 4 58 72 0 0
A.Rodgers GB 17 3 103.8% 4 3 30 50 0 0
M.Stafford DET 15 4 162.5% 1 2 13 41 1 0
M.Ryan ATL 15 5 31.6% 10 6 43 58 0 0
R.Wilson SEA 9 6 18.5% 15 6 50 41 0 0
C.Henne JAC 8 7 28.3% 12 4 25 34 0 0
J.Cutler CHI 8 8 130.3% 2 2 27 23 0 0
R.Griffin WAS 7 9 44.4% 8 3 23 27 0 0
C.Palmer ARI 7 10 54.8% 7 3 30 25 0 0
C.Newton CAR 7 11 33.3% 9 3 20 28 0 0
M.Cassel MIN 6 12 60.9% 6 2 17 19 0 0
N.Foles PHI 5 13 23.0% 14 4 22 24 0 0
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 5 14 24.7% 13 2 12 23 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk DVOA Rk Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Anderson CAR 5 15 28.5% 11 2 10 22 0 0
P.Rivers SD 3 16 -4.8% 16 6 33 32 0 0
A.Luck IND 2 17 -7.7% 17 8 40 33 1 0
A.Smith KC -1 18 -13.9% 18 11 78 35 0 0
J.Locker TEN -1 19 -16.1% 19 6 26 18 0 0
D.Brees NO -2 20 -26.9% 22 2 5 4 0 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT -2 21 -36.1% 25 2 8 2 0 0
T.Brady NE -4 22 -42.4% 26 2 3 0 0 0
J.Flacco BAL -5 23 -21.7% 20 6 12 24 0 0
E.J.Manuel BUF -8 24 -31.5% 24 7 31 11 1 0
C.Kaepernick SF -9 25 -25.9% 21 12 79 26 0 1
G.Smith NYJ -14 26 -28.2% 23 14 67 30 1 1
A.Dalton CIN -18 27 -57.2% 27 6 12 -13 0 0
R.Tannehill MIA -23 28 -104.4% 28 5 9 -35 0 1