Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1986

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/14/2017

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.

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.

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PASSING: Minimum 200 passes, 30 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Marino MIA 1,693 1 1,825 1 29.2% 2 32.4% 643 4,616 5,675 44 4 2 22 60.6% 3/70
B.Esiason CIN 1,268 2 1,250 2 28.6% 3 28.0% 502 3,744 4,303 24 5 6 17 58.3% 8/140
T.Kramer MIN 1,093 3 962 5 32.8% 1 27.6% 404 2,812 3,487 24 2 2 10 56.1% 4/58
J.Schroeder WAS 1,088 4 987 4 18.7% 5 16.0% 572 3,858 4,413 22 7 0 21 51.2% 10/206
B.Kosar CLE1 1,044 5 1,036 3 17.8% 6 17.5% 571 3,564 4,348 17 2 3 9 58.5% 8/137
J.Elway DEN 826 6 734 7 13.7% 11 10.9% 541 3,232 3,822 19 5 2 13 55.6% 7/156
T.Eason NE 805 7 903 6 14.9% 8 18.0% 492 2,975 3,584 19 1 1 10 62.0% 3/54
D.Krieg SEA 786 8 701 8 20.3% 4 16.9% 412 2,625 3,081 21 5 3 10 60.2% 2/51
D.Fouts SD 629 9 645 10 11.1% 12 11.7% 452 2,850 3,144 16 3 0 22 58.6% 6/144
K.O'Brien NYJ 591 10 697 9 5.8% 13 8.9% 526 3,331 3,607 25 5 5 20 62.2% 5/119
J.Montana SF 501 11 623 11 13.8% 10 19.9% 319 2,142 2,308 8 1 0 9 62.2% 2/7
J.Plunkett LARD 447 12 401 14 14.3% 9 11.7% 280 1,770 2,022 14 1 2 9 52.6% 0/0
J.Kemp SF 353 13 405 13 16.7% 7 20.7% 208 1,498 1,504 11 1 0 8 59.5% 0/0
M.Malone PIT 352 14 346 16 1.2% 14 1.0% 440 2,342 2,767 15 2 2 17 50.9% 12/192
P.Simms NYG 346 15 353 15 -0.1% 15 0.2% 514 3,113 2,992 21 6 2 22 55.6% 6/173
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Kelly BUF 321 16 526 12 -1.6% 18 4.4% 525 3,257 3,157 22 4 2 16 59.4% 7/214
R.Wright GB 319 17 125 19 -1.3% 16 -7.3% 527 2,999 3,052 17 3 3 22 53.5% 1/16
E.Hipple DET 199 18 207 17 -1.6% 17 -1.2% 327 1,765 1,954 9 2 2 9 63.0% 3/33
D.Archer ATL 177 19 106 20 -2.5% 19 -5.9% 331 1,751 1,884 10 2 4 8 51.4% 5/59
W.Moon HOIL 139 20 57 22 -6.9% 21 -9.4% 534 3,133 2,827 13 5 4 24 52.5% 6/94
D.Wilson NO 123 21 160 18 -5.7% 20 -4.1% 366 2,164 2,003 10 5 1 17 55.4% 7/87
S.Young TB -22 22 -135 25 -12.0% 22 -16.4% 414 1,932 2,023 8 4 3 13 53.9% 10/184
R.Jaworski PHI -36 23 -72 24 -13.2% 23 -15.3% 269 1,262 1,349 8 2 1 6 52.4% 2/7
S.Pelluer DAL -78 24 -191 27 -14.1% 24 -18.3% 429 2,328 2,038 8 8 0 16 57.1% 7/97
B.Kenney KC -104 25 92 21 -15.9% 25 -7.0% 336 1,706 1,636 13 1 5 11 52.3% 8/118
M.Wilson LARD -163 26 -71 23 -20.4% 27 -15.2% 276 1,494 1,200 12 1 4 15 53.9% 2/26
N.Lomax STLC -200 27 -136 26 -18.1% 26 -15.8% 478 2,187 2,072 13 5 1 12 57.0% 4/83
T.Blackledge KC -249 28 -212 28 -28.1% 28 -25.6% 238 1,002 842 10 2 3 6 45.5% 4/75
R.Cunningham PHI -438 29 -470 29 -38.7% 30 -40.7% 284 885 696 8 5 2 6 53.4% 1/10
J.Trudeau IND -625 30 -481 30 -34.3% 29 -29.0% 451 1,988 1,319 8 6 5 17 49.0% 4/24

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Grogan NE 382 479 46.2% 60.6% 105 946 1,058 9 1 0 2 61.4% 0/0
W.Wilson MIN 332 381 23.1% 28.1% 157 1,068 1,235 7 2 0 4 55.9% 3/54
D.White DAL 300 309 16.6% 17.4% 166 1,057 1,268 12 2 3 5 61.3% 2/27
J.Everett LARM 217 190 10.9% 8.2% 155 968 1,087 8 1 0 8 49.7% 2/27
P.Ryan NYJ 142 120 20.3% 15.4% 60 309 558 2 0 0 1 61.8% 5/70
M.Herrmann SD 115 51 5.9% -3.6% 103 579 699 2 0 2 3 52.6% 1/16
G.Hogeboom IND 114 98 0.1% -1.4% 162 1,010 962 6 0 1 6 59.0% 3/46
D.Strock MIA 112 101 68.8% 60.7% 21 147 266 2 1 0 0 70.0% 0/0
C.Stoudt STLC 99 26 5.4% -6.7% 98 499 614 3 0 0 5 57.1% 2/53
B.Kiel IND 71 65 33.4% 29.6% 30 194 215 2 0 0 0 44.0% 0/0
K.Anderson CIN 42 12 14.6% -4.0% 24 167 191 1 0 0 2 47.8% 2/37
G.Gilbert SEA 11 41 -9.1% -3.2% 80 451 431 3 0 1 2 55.3% 1/35
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Flutie CHI -5 0 -12.6% -11.0% 53 327 255 3 1 1 2 50.0% 0/0
R.Hilger LARD -9 34 -14.3% 1.6% 42 244 202 1 0 0 1 48.7% 0/0
J.McMahon CHI -18 1 -13.0% -11.1% 156 955 761 5 0 1 8 51.3% 1/7
S.Bartkowski LARM -21 -30 -13.4% -14.4% 140 554 702 2 2 2 3 48.8% 5/141
G.Kubiak DEN -23 -13 -19.4% -15.8% 41 226 195 1 0 0 2 60.5% 1/15
S.Dils LARM -26 -80 -14.3% -20.6% 136 653 634 4 0 2 4 45.7% 1/21
C.Long DET -54 -121 -28.7% -50.8% 48 178 172 2 0 1 2 52.5% 0/0
M.Moroski SF -59 -43 -22.7% -19.5% 80 439 331 2 0 3 3 57.5% 1/12
R.Collier DAL -77 -105 -69.5% -91.3% 18 58 1 1 0 0 2 53.3% 1/14
V.Ferragamo GB -81 -90 -39.0% -41.9% 43 268 124 1 1 1 3 57.5% 0/0
F.Reich BUF -82 -80 -71.0% -69.4% 21 100 -1 0 0 0 2 47.4% 0/0
C.Fusina GB -89 -77 -47.2% -42.3% 36 173 70 0 3 0 1 59.4% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.DeBerg TB -94 -149 -25.2% -33.4% 105 542 396 5 0 2 12 52.6% 2/60
S.Fuller CHI -106 -111 -34.8% -35.8% 73 395 217 2 1 0 4 53.1% 0/0
B.Brister PIT -120 -172 -42.6% -56.4% 66 234 143 0 0 1 2 35.0% 0/0
J.Ferguson DET -123 -95 -22.9% -20.2% 168 839 673 7 1 2 7 46.8% 3/60
T.Schonert ATL -124 -189 -22.4% -28.3% 176 824 717 4 3 2 8 61.7% 2/8
T.Flick SD -137 -195 -39.9% -52.1% 79 312 196 2 0 0 7 45.2% 0/0
M.Tomczak CHI -149 -110 -26.2% -22.2% 155 1,075 594 2 0 1 10 49.3% 0/0
M.Cavanaugh PHI -155 -149 -46.5% -45.0% 68 332 142 2 1 1 4 48.3% 0/0
O.Luck HOIL -224 -156 -66.8% -49.9% 68 279 19 1 0 0 5 50.8% 0/0
B.Hebert NO -227 -223 -54.4% -53.7% 86 464 113 2 0 2 8 50.6% 1/25

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 31 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Cunningham PHI 220 1 236 1 60.5% 1 65.5% 63 540 719 5 0
S.Young TB 124 2 110 2 24.2% 7 20.2% 68 421 536 5 4
J.Elway DEN 121 3 108 3 55.6% 2 48.2% 36 284 413 1 1
S.Pelluer DAL 56 4 45 5 17.0% 9 11.6% 38 255 269 1 2
B.Esiason CIN 49 5 45 6 25.0% 6 21.9% 25 170 203 1 0
M.Tomczak CHI 43 6 56 4 29.4% 4 42.6% 17 119 170 3 1
M.Malone PIT 40 7 42 7 16.2% 10 17.3% 20 118 198 5 2
P.Simms NYG 33 8 27 10 24.1% 8 16.6% 17 113 145 1 1
J.McMahon CHI 28 9 28 9 13.6% 11 13.2% 21 152 147 1 1
M.Cavanaugh PHI 28 10 19 13 36.5% 3 21.2% 8 26 106 0 0
T.Eason NE 20 11 22 12 2.6% 14 4.4% 25 186 143 0 1
K.O'Brien NYJ 16 12 18 14 27.8% 5 32.3% 10 55 68 0 0
J.Kelly BUF 15 13 26 11 -3.4% 17 3.1% 33 206 160 0 1
J.Everett LARM 15 14 16 15 10.5% 12 12.8% 12 53 82 1 1
N.Lomax STLC 15 15 31 8 0.2% 15 14.3% 22 159 120 1 1
D.Krieg SEA 11 16 13 17 -1.0% 16 1.1% 20 147 99 1 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Wright GB 10 17 13 18 8.8% 13 13.0% 9 54 61 1 1
W.Moon HOIL 6 18 5 20 -8.8% 21 -9.3% 34 161 154 2 2
D.Archer ATL 6 19 14 16 -9.5% 22 -5.5% 49 301 171 0 2
T.Blackledge KC 4 20 7 19 -7.8% 19 -4.3% 15 74 69 0 0
E.Hipple DET 3 21 1 21 -7.2% 18 -9.9% 12 49 53 0 1
J.Plunkett LARD 2 22 -3 22 -8.5% 20 -17.9% 9 46 38 0 1
T.Kramer MIN 0 23 -6 23 -11.9% 23 -19.3% 16 47 63 1 2
J.Kemp SF -8 24 -7 24 -25.8% 24 -23.7% 12 53 25 0 1
R.Jaworski PHI -10 25 -13 25 -31.3% 26 -38.2% 10 37 15 0 1
J.Schroeder WAS -15 26 -19 26 -26.1% 25 -30.0% 18 80 42 1 1
B.Kosar CLE1 -17 27 -22 30 -50.1% 29 -61.0% 9 40 -7 0 2
J.Montana SF -19 28 -19 27 -39.1% 27 -39.9% 11 52 7 0 2
D.Wilson NO -19 29 -20 28 -45.1% 28 -46.0% 9 24 -2 1 2
M.Wilson LARD -27 30 -22 29 -66.5% 30 -56.0% 10 37 -24 0 1
G.Hogeboom IND -43 31 -35 31 -88.1% 31 -74.2% 9 20 -59 1 2