Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2014

Regular season totals, through Week 16

Revised as of 12/23/2014

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
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,436 1 1,414 1 25.8% 3 25.3% 73.5 6 597 4,451 5,084 30 2 3 8 68.5% 7/146
P.Manning DEN 1,385 2 1,290 3 25.7% 4 23.2% 77.4 4 576 4,319 4,913 39 3 1 15 67.1% 9/122
A.Rodgers GB 1,362 3 1,399 2 28.3% 2 29.4% 81.2 3 528 3,942 4,631 36 6 2 5 65.3% 6/172
D.Brees NO 1,250 4 1,239 4 17.8% 8 17.6% 72.2 8 644 4,482 5,172 32 4 3 14 70.2% 7/145
T.Brady NE 1,172 5 1,089 7 18.8% 6 16.7% 75.4 5 586 3,877 4,746 33 1 3 9 64.7% 11/182
M.Ryan ATL 1,159 6 1,142 6 18.5% 7 18.1% 70.0 9 601 4,266 4,726 28 2 2 11 67.0% 3/42
T.Romo DAL 1,155 7 1,177 5 29.5% 1 30.3% 82.3 2 430 3,154 3,859 32 2 3 8 70.8% 5/121
P.Rivers SD 957 8 839 8 15.3% 9 12.0% 69.3 10 568 3,850 4,218 31 5 1 15 67.4% 8/145
A.Luck IND 850 9 769 10 9.1% 11 7.2% 64.3 14 627 4,420 4,535 38 4 5 16 62.1% 8/158
J.Flacco BAL 809 10 827 9 12.2% 10 12.8% 67.8 11 532 3,521 3,892 25 1 0 12 62.9% 13/275
R.Tannehill MIA 622 11 568 12 5.0% 17 3.6% 60.5 16 591 3,495 3,947 26 4 0 12 67.2% 8/131
E.Manning NYG 524 12 620 11 2.7% 20 5.3% 72.7 7 575 3,792 3,753 29 3 4 13 64.3% 10/165
A.Smith KC 481 13 508 13 3.7% 19 4.5% 49.4 28 511 3,039 3,269 19 0 1 6 65.5% 0/0
R.Wilson SEA 461 14 448 16 5.1% 14 4.6% 64.4 13 466 2,996 2,923 20 5 0 6 63.1% 2/80
J.Cutler CHI 438 15 369 18 1.0% 22 -0.9% 55.0 23 563 3,388 3,500 28 3 6 15 66.1% 9/192
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Stafford DET 361 16 496 14 -1.6% 23 2.0% 56.4 19 602 3,806 3,510 19 3 2 12 61.6% 7/119
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 359 17 470 15 5.6% 13 10.8% 55.3 22 334 2,393 2,217 17 3 1 8 63.3% 6/65
C.Palmer ARI 285 18 409 17 8.7% 12 17.3% 64.8 12 233 1,566 1,544 11 0 1 3 62.9% 4/86
N.Foles PHI 267 19 271 20 1.9% 21 2.1% 62.2 15 322 2,108 2,013 13 1 2 10 60.4% 4/113
D.Stanton ARI 246 20 188 25 4.7% 18 1.0% 58.0 17 251 1,648 1,581 7 1 0 5 55.0% 4/112
A.Dalton CIN 238 21 205 23 -3.0% 24 -4.1% 55.5 21 462 3,063 2,675 17 0 1 15 63.5% 5/55
D.Anderson CAR 234 22 279 19 24.8% 5 31.7% 82.8 1 102 664 843 5 2 0 0 68.4% 0/0
K.Cousins WAS 228 23 205 24 5.0% 16 3.4% 46.9 30 212 1,625 1,438 10 0 2 9 62.1% 3/42
C.Whitehurst TEN 164 24 207 22 5.0% 15 9.3% 52.8 26 169 1,165 1,040 6 1 0 2 60.4% 0/0
B.Hoyer CLE 142 25 251 21 -6.1% 27 -2.3% 43.1 33 463 3,171 2,468 12 2 1 12 55.6% 3/32
M.Sanchez PHI 114 26 182 26 -5.1% 26 -1.5% 57.5 18 294 1,964 1,667 12 2 2 10 64.3% 2/23
M.Glennon TB 106 27 154 27 -3.1% 25 0.6% 56.0 20 219 1,318 1,208 10 2 0 6 57.9% 2/19
K.Orton BUF 76 28 24 30 -8.5% 28 -10.3% 40.3 35 453 2,644 2,428 17 0 2 10 64.5% 2/16
A.Davis STL 32 29 -14 31 -9.6% 29 -11.8% 37.6 36 312 1,819 1,667 12 2 3 9 63.8% 2/40
S.Hill STL 9 30 40 29 -10.4% 30 -8.1% 45.3 32 207 1,335 1,071 8 4 1 5 62.0% 3/84
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Kaepernick SF -16 31 86 28 -11.6% 31 -8.5% 54.1 25 505 2,844 2,556 17 1 3 10 60.7% 6/115
EJ Manuel BUF -48 32 -41 33 -16.6% 35 -15.8% 19.8 43 136 785 649 5 1 0 3 58.9% 0/0
C.McCoy WAS -63 33 -16 32 -18.1% 36 -12.9% 46.1 31 145 947 636 4 3 1 3 71.1% 2/50
D.Carr OAK -87 34 -266 39 -13.5% 32 -18.3% 40.9 34 582 2,957 2,856 20 4 3 11 59.5% 6/102
C.Newton CAR -126 35 -105 35 -15.4% 33 -14.6% 54.6 24 468 2,729 2,241 17 3 4 11 58.6% 5/60
T.Bridgewater MIN -130 36 -97 34 -16.2% 34 -14.9% 49.0 29 408 2,466 1,903 13 3 0 10 65.2% 1/7
J.Locker TEN -180 37 -222 36 -28.8% 39 -32.9% 51.1 27 161 906 578 5 1 1 7 58.9% 1/29
Z.Mettenberger TEN -210 38 -242 37 -28.6% 38 -31.3% 30.1 39 197 1,277 671 8 2 2 7 59.8% 0/0
G.Smith NYJ -248 39 -244 38 -21.7% 37 -21.5% 29.7 40 369 1,976 1,560 10 2 1 13 58.7% 3/41
M.Vick NYJ -251 40 -278 40 -39.4% 42 -42.4% 22.2 42 138 494 377 3 1 1 2 54.2% 1/32
R.Griffin WAS -280 41 -289 41 -32.7% 40 -33.3% 32.3 38 205 1,139 672 3 4 1 4 69.8% 1/10
J.McCown TB -637 42 -564 42 -42.7% 43 -39.1% 33.8 37 335 1,874 749 10 5 4 13 56.5% 2/62
B.Bortles JAC -839 43 -812 43 -38.9% 41 -38.0% 23.0 41 492 2,464 1,296 11 4 0 16 60.3% 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 124 34 15.2% -4.0% 48.2 74 395 549 2 0 0 2 56.2% 1/15
B.Weeden DAL 26 23 -1.5% -2.6% 15.4 42 294 255 3 0 0 2 58.5% 1/17
J.Garoppolo NE 20 29 15.8% 28.8% 35.8 12 75 86 1 0 0 0 90.0% 0/0
M.Hasselbeck IND 6 21 -8.3% -0.8% 57.9 27 131 172 1 0 1 0 68.0% 2/32
J.Clausen CHI -1 -39 -11.4% -23.7% 40.6 51 203 252 2 0 0 1 54.2% 0/0
L.Thomas ARI -19 -25 -42.4% -51.9% 3.9 11 70 23 1 0 0 0 11.1% 0/0
T.Savage HOU -25 -34 -27.7% -33.7% 12.7 21 117 88 0 1 0 1 52.6% 0/0
C.Keenum HOU -42 -46 -26.8% -28.4% 40.2 42 185 164 0 0 0 1 47.6% 0/0
M.McGloin OAK -49 -63 -47.8% -58.4% 10.3 20 121 41 1 0 0 2 63.2% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Lindley ARI -52 -85 -26.2% -35.7% 12.8 57 223 207 0 0 0 1 40.7% 1/36
J.Campbell CIN -74 -77 -64.4% -66.4% 5.8 20 69 11 0 0 1 0 57.9% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -90 -80 -95.3% -85.7% 9.7 16 55 -36 0 0 1 1 46.7% 1/34
C.Ponder MIN -145 -171 -57.4% -65.6% 4.7 50 188 55 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
M.Cassel MIN -146 -153 -40.2% -41.6% 28.9 79 351 205 4 3 0 4 57.7% 2/58
J.Manziel CLE -150 -181 -75.6% -89.3% 5.1 38 149 -17 0 0 0 2 51.4% 0/0
M.Schaub OAK -158 -158 -220.3% -221.1% 0.1 13 28 -154 0 1 1 2 50.0% 0/0
C.Henne JAC -259 -214 -56.0% -48.2% 16.1 94 393 113 3 0 1 1 53.8% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 7 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wilson SEA 284 1 261 1 49.0% 2 44.1% 94 862 998 6 3
C.Newton CAR 113 2 138 2 11.3% 12 16.5% 89 493 595 4 2
A.Rodgers GB 89 3 103 3 52.0% 1 62.1% 29 269 307 1 1
B.Bortles JAC 71 4 85 4 15.2% 11 20.8% 49 361 353 0 2
R.Tannehill MIA 63 5 63 5 18.0% 9 18.2% 40 329 299 1 3
C.Kaepernick SF 58 6 32 11 1.5% 19 -4.6% 84 587 445 1 4
J.Locker TEN 52 7 59 6 45.1% 5 52.3% 17 146 189 1 0
J.McCown TB 51 8 49 8 46.8% 4 44.4% 20 121 182 3 0
J.Cutler CHI 46 9 54 7 27.8% 7 34.9% 21 165 191 2 1
A.Luck IND 38 10 33 10 3.9% 17 1.8% 46 270 262 3 3
A.Smith KC 38 11 28 13 8.4% 14 3.1% 41 260 224 1 1
D.Carr OAK 34 12 26 14 23.5% 8 15.3% 17 91 150 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Fitzpatrick HOU 32 13 36 9 2.6% 18 4.2% 37 195 233 2 0
A.Dalton CIN 30 14 24 15 -0.7% 21 -3.1% 43 173 261 4 2
D.Brees NO 27 15 29 12 17.7% 10 19.8% 16 77 129 1 0
D.Stanton ARI 27 16 23 17 35.5% 6 28.5% 13 78 103 0 0
M.Ryan ATL 22 17 23 16 4.1% 16 5.2% 24 140 150 0 1
T.Romo DAL 21 18 21 18 47.0% 3 46.5% 9 76 77 0 0
N.Foles PHI 16 19 13 19 10.0% 13 6.0% 13 71 88 0 1
P.Rivers SD 6 20 -2 25 -6.5% 22 -13.8% 21 110 98 0 1
A.Davis STL 5 21 2 23 6.7% 15 -3.7% 7 43 33 0 0
M.Glennon TB 5 22 6 20 0.3% 20 3.5% 7 49 41 0 0
M.Vick NYJ 3 23 4 22 -9.8% 23 -8.7% 23 151 85 0 2
T.Bridgewater MIN 1 24 1 24 -11.6% 24 -11.4% 37 196 156 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Whitehurst TEN -4 25 -5 26 -19.2% 27 -20.6% 12 75 32 0 1
J.Flacco BAL -6 26 6 21 -15.8% 25 -8.6% 23 82 111 2 1
M.Stafford DET -7 27 -6 28 -18.5% 26 -17.8% 19 78 60 2 1
J.Manziel CLE -10 28 -6 27 -37.3% 35 -26.6% 9 29 5 1 0
EJ Manuel BUF -11 29 -8 29 -28.3% 28 -24.2% 13 58 24 1 0
C.McCoy WAS -14 30 -10 30 -34.1% 34 -28.4% 14 67 14 1 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT -17 31 -12 31 -33.2% 33 -27.5% 12 36 19 0 1
M.Sanchez PHI -18 32 -17 32 -32.4% 32 -31.0% 17 63 25 1 2
T.Brady NE -24 33 -20 33 -30.0% 30 -27.1% 19 64 42 0 1
R.Griffin WAS -26 34 -28 34 -31.1% 31 -32.8% 28 155 39 0 2
G.Smith NYJ -46 35 -49 35 -28.7% 29 -29.9% 50 219 94 1 3
B.Hoyer CLE -69 36 -69 36 -71.1% 36 -71.1% 20 31 -76 0 1