Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1987

Regular season totals, playoffs and strike games not included

Revised as of 3/8/2017

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:

  • Official 1987 Football Outsiders stats do not include Week 4-6 strikebreaker games. Those games are listed separately in another table at the bottom of the page, without any opponent adjustments.
  • 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 150 passes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Kosar CLE1 1,284 1 1,176 2 36.3% 1 32.3% 410 2,904 3,924 22 1 0 9 62.1% 7/156
D.Marino MIA 1,224 2 1,195 1 30.4% 2 29.4% 456 3,149 4,043 26 3 2 13 59.2% 4/93
J.Montana SF 988 3 934 3 29.3% 3 27.1% 374 2,508 3,312 26 2 1 11 65.5% 5/68
J.Elway DEN 783 4 780 4 18.4% 6 18.3% 429 3,060 3,198 19 1 0 12 54.8% 0/0
N.Lomax STLC 676 5 603 5 10.1% 10 7.8% 513 2,996 3,482 24 2 3 12 59.8% 3/33
B.Hebert NO 629 6 530 6 21.6% 4 16.5% 314 2,000 2,402 15 2 2 9 55.8% 4/42
B.Kenney KC 461 7 472 8 13.2% 8 13.8% 294 1,941 2,153 15 2 4 9 56.8% 4/102
B.Esiason CIN 438 8 460 10 3.7% 13 4.5% 468 3,116 2,959 16 5 4 18 55.0% 6/109
P.Simms NYG 420 9 461 9 10.8% 9 13.0% 316 2,003 2,118 17 1 2 9 58.0% 2/39
J.Kelly BUF 391 10 487 7 2.8% 14 6.3% 443 2,549 2,783 19 2 2 11 60.0% 4/71
J.McMahon CHI 371 11 370 11 13.2% 7 13.1% 233 1,488 1,730 12 0 2 8 59.8% 5/127
S.DeBerg TB 358 12 347 13 7.4% 11 6.8% 296 1,704 2,051 14 3 4 7 58.0% 5/59
W.Moon HOIL 338 13 260 18 2.7% 15 -0.5% 394 2,613 2,436 21 3 2 17 50.5% 5/75
M.Wilson LARD 314 14 353 12 5.8% 12 8.0% 298 1,811 1,911 12 0 1 8 57.8% 3/28
D.Williams WAS 301 15 327 14 20.2% 5 22.9% 150 1,103 1,185 11 0 3 5 56.6% 1/16
K.O'Brien NYJ 297 16 262 17 -0.6% 20 -1.8% 444 2,329 2,672 13 0 5 8 59.7% 3/50
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Everett LARM 277 17 254 19 2.5% 16 1.3% 319 1,925 2,021 10 0 1 12 53.6% 5/122
D.Fouts SD 240 18 272 15 -1.6% 21 -0.4% 394 2,330 2,354 10 4 4 13 56.3% 7/159
D.Krieg SEA 235 19 265 16 0.2% 17 1.6% 323 1,882 1,987 23 5 3 15 60.5% 8/108
W.Wilson MIN 147 20 210 20 -3.0% 22 0.5% 291 1,897 1,651 14 2 1 13 53.2% 5/134
J.Schroeder WAS 140 21 161 22 -3.2% 23 -2.0% 283 1,708 1,605 12 1 3 10 48.9% 1/5
S.Grogan NE 126 22 188 21 0.0% 18 5.5% 173 1,119 1,086 10 4 1 8 57.8% 1/25
D.White DAL 125 23 26 26 -5.3% 24 -9.9% 362 1,973 1,909 11 3 4 15 59.3% 6/43
M.Tomczak CHI 124 24 73 24 -0.6% 19 -5.0% 187 1,161 1,119 5 0 4 9 54.5% 3/90
J.Trudeau IND 63 25 113 23 -7.0% 25 -3.7% 246 1,475 1,298 6 5 3 6 56.1% 2/24
R.Cunningham PHI 22 26 51 25 -10.4% 27 -9.3% 462 2,391 2,293 23 4 2 12 55.1% 3/88
T.Ramsey NE 20 27 -76 28 -9.1% 26 -18.8% 149 808 824 6 1 2 6 53.0% 2/5
S.Campbell ATL -67 28 -40 27 -14.8% 28 -13.3% 285 1,559 1,402 11 1 1 12 52.3% 5/75
R.Wright GB -83 29 -153 31 -16.4% 29 -20.8% 268 1,378 1,163 6 1 1 11 53.4% 3/58
V.Testaverde TB -153 30 -147 30 -24.4% 31 -23.8% 188 921 725 5 5 2 4 42.8% 2/23
C.Long DET -168 31 -142 29 -17.0% 30 -16.1% 443 2,433 2,081 11 4 4 18 55.9% 5/128
M.Malone PIT -621 32 -536 32 -39.0% 32 -35.2% 360 1,741 952 6 6 3 18 46.4% 8/128

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-149 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Young SF 326 345 54.0% 57.7% 72 545 848 10 0 0 0 53.6% 0/0
D.Wilson NO 113 119 60.3% 64.4% 26 222 280 2 0 0 0 54.2% 0/0
G.Hogeboom IND 79 204 -1.4% 14.0% 120 727 762 4 0 0 4 58.3% 5/61
D.Strock MIA 45 38 18.1% 13.3% 23 114 185 0 0 0 0 56.5% 0/0
S.Pelluer DAL 44 148 -4.5% 10.9% 107 593 602 3 1 0 2 54.5% 1/38
T.Kramer MIN -6 1 -12.2% -10.9% 89 407 434 4 0 1 3 49.4% 1/24
J.Harbaugh CHI -14 -37 -26.4% -51.4% 15 17 54 0 0 0 0 72.7% 0/0
B.Pease HOIL -22 -26 -41.7% -48.1% 14 68 28 0 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0
S.Dils LARM -33 -47 -22.9% -28.1% 42 194 180 1 1 0 2 48.7% 0/0
T.Eason NE -33 10 -17.0% -9.4% 87 381 418 3 0 1 2 53.2% 1/23
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Majkowski GB -68 -70 -19.4% -19.7% 139 764 570 5 0 5 3 44.0% 1/36
S.Salisbury IND -91 -96 -105.3% -110.6% 14 50 -46 0 0 1 2 66.7% 0/0
J.Rutledge NYG -99 -200 -24.2% -37.4% 122 739 474 5 1 2 9 57.4% 1/5
T.Blackledge KC -140 -129 -72.1% -67.3% 39 92 -6 1 1 1 1 50.0% 0/0
B.Brister PIT -149 -147 -212.8% -209.6% 14 6 -143 0 0 0 2 33.3% 0/0
D.Archer ATL -161 -137 -116.8% -101.3% 26 71 -96 0 0 0 2 39.1% 0/0
M.Herrmann SD -170 -183 -54.7% -58.0% 63 363 73 1 2 0 5 63.8% 0/0
R.Hilger LARD -184 -177 -36.0% -35.1% 118 623 368 2 3 0 6 52.4% 0/0
C.Miller ATL -229 -260 -50.8% -56.1% 97 505 154 1 0 0 9 42.9% 0/0
F.Seurer KC -245 -230 -69.5% -65.7% 66 257 5 0 1 1 4 47.3% 1/20

RUSHING: Minimum 6 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Elway DEN 117 1 106 2 25.6% 11 22.2% 53 323 492 4 1
R.Cunningham PHI 112 2 89 3 25.3% 12 17.4% 61 520 497 3 6
W.Wilson MIN 106 3 123 1 42.7% 6 51.3% 34 273 390 5 0
S.Young SF 84 4 83 4 85.9% 1 85.4% 21 196 255 1 0
M.Malone PIT 73 5 79 5 50.6% 3 56.1% 22 172 255 3 0
B.Esiason CIN 64 6 70 6 20.7% 14 23.8% 41 254 292 0 1
J.Montana SF 48 7 41 8 27.8% 9 22.7% 21 135 198 1 0
J.Schroeder WAS 43 8 47 7 26.9% 10 31.3% 18 131 179 3 1
B.Hebert NO 41 9 39 10 70.1% 2 66.3% 11 98 132 0 0
M.Wilson LARD 31 10 24 13 38.4% 7 26.7% 14 97 118 0 0
D.Majkowski GB 29 11 35 11 36.0% 8 45.7% 13 127 113 0 0
V.Testaverde TB 25 12 26 12 43.5% 5 45.8% 8 51 90 1 0
D.Krieg SEA 18 13 11 18 4.4% 17 -2.0% 26 155 121 2 2
T.Ramsey NE 17 14 19 14 21.5% 13 26.7% 11 72 62 1 1
P.Simms NYG 16 15 15 16 47.1% 4 42.2% 7 56 59 0 0
S.Pelluer DAL 12 16 41 9 -0.7% 19 25.8% 22 144 94 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Long DET 12 17 16 15 6.6% 16 12.6% 13 66 74 0 0
F.Seurer KC 8 18 5 20 13.0% 15 2.9% 8 33 41 0 0
R.Wright GB 6 19 0 21 -0.5% 18 -11.5% 11 69 52 0 1
M.Tomczak CHI 6 20 -5 23 -7.5% 20 -16.6% 17 46 101 1 2
J.McMahon CHI 5 21 12 17 -7.7% 21 -2.1% 20 88 100 2 0
T.Kramer MIN 3 22 -4 22 -7.8% 22 -17.9% 8 46 51 2 1
J.Everett LARM -4 23 6 19 -15.9% 23 -6.8% 17 84 70 1 1
S.Campbell ATL -12 24 -11 26 -21.2% 25 -20.6% 21 100 66 2 2
B.Kosar CLE1 -12 25 -18 28 -36.5% 29 -49.2% 10 26 6 1 1
S.Grogan NE -12 26 -14 27 -30.3% 28 -34.6% 11 38 20 2 3
N.Lomax STLC -14 27 -8 24 -28.5% 27 -21.2% 17 117 20 0 2
W.Moon HOIL -14 28 -19 29 -19.8% 24 -22.8% 27 102 100 3 3
J.Kelly BUF -14 29 -10 25 -26.2% 26 -22.2% 22 136 37 0 2
J.Rutledge NYG -35 30 -43 30 -100.2% 31 -119.4% 9 40 -53 0 3
B.Kenney KC -47 31 -48 31 -121.5% 32 -124.3% 7 -4 -79 0 2
K.O'Brien NYJ -56 32 -58 32 -72.4% 30 -74.4% 19 81 -44 0 3

1987 STRIKEBREAKER GAMES: WEEKS 4-6

Revised as of 3/8/2017

VOA and YAR for 1987 strikebreaker games is not adjusted for opponent strength but does consider all fumbles, kept or lost, as equal value. Normalization for 1987 strikebreaker games uses the regular baselines from 1987, so the league average is below 0%.

1987 STRIKEBREAKER PASSING: Minimum 45 passes, 26 players ranked

Player Team YAR Rk VOA Rk Pass Yards TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Montana SF 230 1 55.9% 2 49 381 5 0 0 2 76.6% 0/0
E.Rubbert WAS 214 2 56.6% 1 50 523 4 0 0 1 53.1% 1/3
J.Fourcade NO 162 3 16.1% 6 95 530 4 1 0 1 53.9% 4/47
M.Hohensee CHI 122 4 23.8% 4 56 318 4 1 0 1 53.8% 0/0
P.Ryan NYJ 118 5 26.2% 3 50 294 4 0 0 2 61.2% 0/0
G.Hogeboom IND 96 6 16.7% 5 57 354 5 1 0 1 60.4% 0/0
K.Karcher DEN 64 7 -0.8% 7 106 571 5 2 0 4 55.6% 2/59
B.Pease HOIL 52 8 -3.3% 11 106 624 3 1 0 3 49.0% 0/0
S.Dils LARM 50 9 -1.3% 8 81 395 4 0 1 2 49.3% 2/61
B.Mathison SEA 46 10 -2.1% 9 82 432 3 0 0 5 48.6% 3/59
D.White DAL 23 11 -3.1% 10 46 274 1 1 0 1 61.5% 0/0
Matt Stevens KC 11 12 -8.5% 12 62 253 1 1 0 1 58.2% 1/9
S.Tinsley PHI -10 13 -12.9% 13 95 567 3 1 2 4 54.5% 1/21
Player Team YAR Rk VOA Rk Pass Yards TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Neuheisel SD -14 14 -14.4% 15 70 278 1 1 0 1 67.8% 0/0
V.Evans LARD -15 15 -13.7% 14 89 575 5 0 0 4 48.1% 0/0
E.Kramer ATL -31 16 -16.3% 16 102 480 4 0 0 3 48.9% 2/34
S.Halloran STLC -35 17 -25.5% 20 45 220 0 1 0 1 46.2% 0/0
S.Bono PIT -43 18 -19.5% 17 82 395 5 3 0 2 46.6% 1/2
M.Busch NYG -67 19 -31.8% 21 54 196 3 0 0 2 37.0% 2/41
T.Hons DET -71 20 -22.2% 19 102 477 5 1 1 5 46.7% 3/73
K.Mackey MIA -77 21 -21.5% 18 115 577 3 2 0 5 52.3% 1/37
A.Risher GB -129 22 -36.5% 23 86 469 3 1 3 3 61.1% 0/0
T.Adams MIN -131 23 -31.9% 22 108 487 3 2 0 5 55.1% 3/69
J.Christensen CLE1 -133 24 -43.8% 24 66 256 1 1 1 2 40.7% 0/0
J.Rutledge NYG -137 25 -53.3% 26 50 177 0 1 0 2 37.0% 1/33
D.Norrie NYJ -224 26 -50.3% 25 84 304 1 2 1 4 51.5% 1/36

1987 STRIKEBREAKER PASSING, OTHERS: 6-44 passes

Player Team YAR VOA Pass Yards TD FK FL INT C% DPI
G.Danielson CLE1 230 97.5% 34 275 4 1 0 0 80.6% 1/20
K.Sweeney DAL 200 101.8% 31 276 4 0 0 1 50.0% 2/85
Mi.Kelley SD 141 62.7% 30 298 1 0 0 0 58.6% 0/0
J.Kemp SEA 140 56.3% 32 316 4 1 1 1 74.1% 1/6
D.Flutie NE 58 22.3% 27 194 1 1 0 0 60.0% 0/0
B.Gagliano SF 28 3.1% 33 207 1 0 0 1 55.2% 0/0
R.Collier PIT 21 31.8% 8 107 2 0 0 1 57.1% 0/0
T.Nugent IND 14 26.9% 6 38 0 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0
M.Horn PHI 12 4.8% 13 61 0 0 1 0 45.5% 0/0
S.Garza STLC 2 -9.9% 21 170 1 0 0 2 55.0% 0/0
L.Snyder DAL -7 -21.2% 10 43 0 0 1 0 44.4% 0/0
Player Team YAR VOA Pass Yards TD FK FL INT C% DPI
A.Breen CIN -11 -30.1% 11 -9 1 0 0 0 37.5% 1/13
J.Reaves TB -16 -28.2% 17 71 1 0 1 0 37.5% 0/0
B.Kiel IND -20 -20.5% 33 195 1 0 0 3 51.5% 0/0
M.Hold TB -23 -24.0% 27 105 2 0 0 0 33.3% 0/0
Be.Bennett CIN -26 -76.6% 6 25 0 0 0 1 33.3% 0/0
W.Gillus GB -28 -81.3% 8 14 0 0 0 0 40.0% 0/0
J.Crocicchia NYG -32 -39.8% 17 72 1 0 1 0 40.0% 0/0
T.Robinson WAS -46 -53.5% 21 140 0 0 0 2 57.9% 0/0
A.Espinoza KC -47 -53.0% 17 52 0 0 0 2 60.0% 0/0
S.Stankavage MIA -52 -139.8% 7 8 0 0 0 1 57.1% 0/0
B.McClure BUF -53 -33.6% 40 164 0 0 0 2 52.6% 1/30
Player Team YAR VOA Pass Yards TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.May DEN -57 -221.0% 6 -7 0 0 0 1 0.0% 0/0
J.Zorn TB -73 -40.8% 39 187 0 2 0 2 55.6% 0/0
J.Van Raaphorst ATL -74 -41.6% 37 155 1 1 0 2 52.9% 0/0
La.Miller MIN -75 -238.9% 7 -8 0 0 0 1 16.7% 0/0
D.Walter CIN -81 -62.2% 27 95 0 4 0 0 47.6% 0/0
B.Bleier NE -84 -43.4% 43 144 1 1 0 1 35.9% 0/0
S.Bradley CHI -109 -90.5% 22 43 2 0 0 3 33.3% 1/6
D.Manucci BUF -130 -102.4% 25 34 0 0 1 1 33.3% 0/0
S.Payton CHI -142 -95.3% 29 42 0 1 0 1 34.8% 1/32
G.Merkens PHI -179 -128.5% 25 -18 0 2 1 0 50.0% 0/0
W.Totten BUF -286 -122.7% 44 85 2 4 5 2 39.4% 0/0

1987 STRIKEBREAKER RUSHING: Minimum 2 rushes, 40 players ranked

Player Team YAR Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
V.Evans LARD 71 1 104.6% 2 11 144 1 0
J.Fourcade NO 50 2 60.2% 9 16 141 0 0
A.Risher GB 37 3 63.9% 8 8 69 1 0
K.Mackey MIA 37 4 35.7% 12 15 88 2 1
M.Hold TB 22 5 67.1% 7 7 69 0 0
R.Neuheisel SD 19 6 75.3% 4 5 41 1 0
T.Hons DET 18 7 98.8% 3 4 49 0 0
D.Flutie NE 18 8 72.4% 5 6 48 0 0
M.Hohensee CHI 12 9 37.3% 11 5 66 0 1
B.Kiel IND 9 10 135.5% 1 2 23 0 0
Mark Stevens SF 8 11 3.3% 17 10 45 1 0
J.Montana SF 8 12 22.2% 13 4 22 0 0
K.Ingram NO 6 13 41.4% 10 2 14 0 0
R.Collier PIT 5 14 16.3% 14 3 22 0 0
Player Team YAR Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
Be.Bennett CIN 4 15 71.8% 6 2 17 0 0
B.Pease HOIL 4 16 -5.3% 19 8 34 1 1
Mi.Kelley SD 2 17 4.4% 16 3 18 0 0
B.Mathison SEA 2 18 16.0% 15 3 20 0 0
D.White DAL 1 19 -4.9% 18 2 12 0 0
J.Christensen CLE1 -1 20 -15.1% 20 7 45 0 1
Matt Stevens KC -1 21 -29.2% 22 2 7 0 0
E.Kramer ATL -2 22 -24.3% 21 2 10 0 0
B.McClure BUF -3 23 -54.5% 29 2 4 0 0
S.Dils LARM -4 24 -42.0% 27 2 6 0 0
W.Totten BUF -6 25 -35.0% 24 5 14 0 0
S.Bono PIT -7 26 -31.7% 23 6 35 1 1
G.Merkens PHI -8 27 -80.3% 36 2 -8 0 0
S.Tinsley PHI -9 28 -40.8% 26 4 2 0 0
Player Team YAR Rk VOA Rk Runs Yards TD FUM
D.Manucci BUF -9 29 -74.9% 34 3 6 0 0
K.Sweeney DAL -10 30 -78.3% 35 3 10 0 0
T.Adams MIN -11 31 -37.4% 25 10 27 0 1
D.Walter CIN -14 32 -43.4% 28 11 62 0 2
P.Ryan NYJ -15 33 -136.0% 38 2 -3 0 0
K.Karcher DEN -16 34 -72.9% 33 5 8 0 0
B.Bleier NE -18 35 -84.1% 37 3 -4 1 1
A.Breen CIN -19 36 -69.8% 31 6 18 0 1
E.Rubbert WAS -23 37 -69.9% 32 7 37 0 1
D.Norrie NYJ -29 38 -159.2% 39 4 5 0 1
S.Garza STLC -29 39 -56.3% 30 8 31 1 1
J.Crocicchia NYG -35 40 -295.3% 40 3 7 0 2