Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1989

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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.

  • 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 100 passes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Montana SF 1,381 1 1,315 2 39.0% 2 36.6% 421 3,316 4,097 26 3 6 8 70.4% 1/25
J.Everett LARM 1,360 2 1,357 1 28.1% 4 28.0% 549 4,069 4,644 29 3 1 17 58.9% 6/167
B.Esiason CIN 1,253 3 1,173 4 28.1% 5 25.6% 495 3,229 4,275 28 4 3 11 56.7% 9/208
W.Moon HOIL 1,165 4 1,085 5 25.6% 6 23.1% 500 3,348 4,128 23 6 2 13 60.7% 10/170
M.Rypien WAS 1,129 5 1,184 3 24.0% 7 25.7% 491 3,655 4,126 22 5 7 13 58.9% 5/93
D.Marino MIA 875 6 953 6 13.0% 9 15.1% 560 3,909 4,111 24 2 4 22 56.3% 6/108
B.Kosar CLE1 747 7 750 7 10.7% 10 10.8% 548 3,342 3,772 18 2 0 12 59.1% 7/143
D.Majkowski GB 618 8 704 8 4.0% 14 6.1% 647 4,012 4,118 29 8 3 20 59.4% 6/124
S.DeBerg KC 605 9 633 9 17.0% 8 18.3% 336 2,390 2,554 11 2 0 16 61.1% 3/75
J.Kelly BUF 478 10 528 10 6.4% 12 8.2% 421 2,908 2,843 25 2 4 17 58.5% 3/63
S.Young SF 407 11 479 11 48.3% 1 58.9% 105 914 1,105 8 1 0 3 69.6% 2/23
M.Tomczak CHI 392 12 247 17 8.4% 11 1.2% 315 1,993 2,146 16 1 1 16 51.1% 1/38
J.Fourcade NO 376 13 291 15 37.7% 3 26.6% 120 834 1,124 7 2 0 4 57.0% 4/54
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Hebert NO 364 14 455 12 4.1% 13 7.8% 376 2,501 2,430 15 1 1 15 63.1% 5/41
P.Simms NYG 363 15 356 13 1.9% 16 1.6% 445 2,817 2,714 14 4 4 14 56.4% 9/116
D.Krieg SEA 363 16 184 19 -0.1% 18 -5.6% 541 2,990 3,150 21 8 5 18 57.5% 4/59
W.Wilson MIN 348 17 299 14 3.7% 15 1.6% 389 2,311 2,369 9 2 2 11 54.2% 2/40
R.Cunningham PHI 218 18 279 16 -5.3% 22 -3.6% 577 3,040 3,296 21 5 3 14 54.9% 7/75
J.Elway DEN 202 19 129 22 -4.0% 21 -6.6% 450 2,749 2,529 18 4 3 18 54.0% 1/4
S.Beuerlein LARD 189 20 246 18 1.7% 17 5.5% 241 1,494 1,447 13 4 2 9 49.8% 6/106
S.Grogan NE 158 21 71 25 -2.0% 20 -7.1% 270 1,629 1,617 9 2 1 13 51.4% 3/45
V.Testaverde TB 153 22 61 26 -6.5% 23 -9.3% 520 2,837 2,831 20 1 2 21 53.8% 6/82
K.O'Brien NYJ 126 23 141 21 -7.3% 24 -6.9% 527 2,927 2,841 12 3 5 17 60.8% 1/30
C.Miller ATL 106 24 159 20 -8.2% 25 -6.8% 570 3,114 3,069 16 6 7 10 53.5% 4/89
T.Kramer MIN 93 25 124 23 -0.5% 19 3.2% 148 831 827 7 0 0 6 56.6% 0/0
B.Brister PIT 35 26 -17 30 -9.6% 26 -11.9% 388 1,913 1,963 9 1 3 8 54.7% 6/100
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.McMahon SD 20 27 81 24 -10.2% 27 -7.4% 347 1,953 1,780 10 2 1 10 55.3% 1/39
Ma.Wilson NE 8 28 53 27 -10.3% 28 -5.7% 161 918 796 3 1 1 5 50.3% 0/0
J.Schroeder LARD 1 29 -56 32 -11.0% 29 -15.5% 216 1,408 1,022 8 2 3 13 46.9% 3/65
J.Harbaugh CHI -18 30 26 29 -12.5% 30 -9.1% 193 1,118 996 5 1 1 8 63.4% 4/85
R.Peete DET -60 31 -79 34 -15.4% 32 -16.7% 223 1,312 1,054 5 3 3 9 52.8% 4/93
G.Hogeboom PHX -80 32 -47 31 -14.4% 31 -13.0% 404 2,324 1,879 14 2 1 19 56.0% 3/31
B.Gagliano DET -117 33 -119 36 -18.5% 34 -18.7% 258 1,508 1,112 6 1 2 12 50.6% 3/73
B.J.Tolliver SD -125 34 -100 35 -21.4% 36 -19.3% 195 1,016 808 5 2 2 8 48.4% 1/31
J.Trudeau IND -128 35 28 28 -16.3% 33 -10.0% 387 2,163 1,838 15 8 1 12 52.6% 3/27
S.Walsh DAL -138 36 -133 37 -20.6% 35 -20.3% 232 1,283 984 5 2 1 9 50.2% 1/7
T.Eason 2TM -181 37 -73 33 -29.2% 38 -18.4% 158 893 560 4 1 2 6 56.4% 2/34
T.Tupa PHX -208 38 -208 38 -34.7% 39 -34.7% 149 865 435 3 1 1 8 48.9% 2/35
T.Aikman DAL -299 39 -269 39 -26.7% 37 -25.1% 311 1,565 1,144 9 1 0 17 53.4% 2/7

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
F.Reich BUF 262 260 34.3% 34.0% 91 677 820 7 0 2 2 60.9% 0/0
C.Chandler IND 32 6 -5.3% -10.1% 83 520 500 2 0 0 3 48.8% 0/0
E.Wilhelm CIN 31 50 -2.6% 2.5% 59 408 337 4 0 0 2 53.6% 0/0
S.Pelluer KC 17 -6 -6.0% -13.1% 56 232 288 1 1 1 0 55.3% 0/0
D.Williams WAS 14 71 -8.8% 0.8% 95 575 502 1 0 0 3 54.8% 0/0
H.Millen ATL 2 -2 -10.7% -11.7% 60 361 272 1 0 1 2 62.0% 1/19
K.Mackey NYJ -2 -20 -12.4% -22.5% 28 107 136 0 0 1 1 44.0% 0/0
S.Secules MIA -5 -23 -12.7% -18.2% 50 286 250 1 0 0 3 44.0% 0/0
S.Humphries WAS -7 -8 -19.1% -20.1% 13 82 64 1 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0
T.Ramsey IND -20 -54 -16.8% -26.5% 54 254 257 1 0 0 1 48.0% 0/0
J.Hostetler NYG -35 -32 -24.0% -23.2% 46 253 169 3 1 1 2 51.3% 0/0
M.Pagel CLE1 -37 -39 -53.1% -56.1% 14 60 20 1 0 0 1 35.7% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Archer SD -44 -49 -70.9% -77.6% 14 50 0 0 0 0 1 41.7% 0/0
C.Carlson HOIL -64 -84 -41.0% -50.4% 34 129 85 0 1 0 1 48.4% 0/0
R.Jaworski KC -72 -47 -27.6% -21.9% 64 368 255 2 2 0 5 59.0% 0/0
G.Kubiak DEN -87 -81 -33.3% -31.7% 63 231 199 2 0 1 2 58.2% 2/40
P.Ryan NYJ -102 -115 -63.1% -69.6% 32 127 19 1 0 0 3 50.0% 0/0
T.Rosenbach PHX -108 -126 -87.5% -99.9% 25 73 -33 0 0 1 1 40.9% 0/0
D.Flutie NE -124 -115 -31.7% -30.3% 96 443 316 2 0 1 4 40.0% 1/22
T.Blackledge PIT -146 -148 -51.1% -51.8% 64 257 97 1 0 1 3 36.7% 1/9
J.Ferguson TB -170 -124 -41.3% -33.2% 95 495 222 3 0 1 6 49.4% 0/0
E.Hipple DET -204 -245 -167.9% -199.6% 23 64 -173 0 0 0 3 38.9% 0/0
K.Stouffer SEA -239 -304 -68.8% -84.5% 68 180 13 0 2 1 3 49.2% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 7 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Montana SF 123 1 124 1 62.9% 3 63.6% 32 262 405 3 0
J.Harbaugh CHI 105 2 98 2 38.2% 6 34.8% 43 280 386 3 0
R.Cunningham PHI 87 3 65 6 9.2% 18 3.8% 83 637 532 4 9
S.Pelluer KC 81 4 78 4 100.4% 1 96.3% 14 147 241 2 0
J.Elway DEN 76 5 77 5 26.8% 10 27.3% 37 259 321 3 2
B.Gagliano DET 76 6 82 3 34.2% 7 37.6% 33 207 296 4 0
B.Esiason CIN 54 7 57 7 18.8% 15 20.7% 38 285 242 0 1
J.Hostetler NYG 52 8 52 8 100.3% 2 101.2% 7 74 154 2 0
R.Peete DET 47 9 46 10 22.5% 12 22.0% 28 157 229 4 3
T.Aikman DAL 44 10 49 9 11.8% 16 14.2% 38 302 225 0 3
D.Majkowski GB 43 11 45 11 1.6% 22 2.2% 60 370 325 5 4
P.Simms NYG 37 12 35 13 21.9% 13 20.5% 21 152 164 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Fourcade NO 34 13 31 15 39.0% 5 35.2% 14 91 126 1 0
J.McMahon SD 32 14 32 14 11.6% 17 11.8% 24 145 172 0 0
W.Moon HOIL 28 15 22 20 -3.6% 26 -5.4% 54 280 298 4 3
S.Young SF 26 16 35 12 6.4% 20 12.9% 25 138 162 2 1
C.Chandler IND 26 17 25 17 62.7% 4 61.0% 7 57 86 1 0
B.Hebert NO 25 18 24 18 20.4% 14 18.9% 16 100 112 0 0
J.Kelly BUF 25 19 24 19 7.8% 19 7.0% 23 139 149 2 1
D.Flutie NE 24 20 26 16 23.8% 11 25.8% 14 93 105 0 0
J.Trudeau IND 22 21 19 21 6.0% 21 3.2% 18 102 140 2 1
T.Tupa PHX 19 22 16 22 29.9% 9 23.6% 11 80 78 0 0
J.Schroeder LARD 14 23 13 24 34.2% 8 30.8% 8 51 56 0 0
D.Krieg SEA 13 24 16 23 -2.8% 25 -0.4% 24 156 129 0 2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Kosar CLE1 9 25 11 25 -4.3% 27 -2.1% 18 85 103 1 0
J.Everett LARM 7 26 10 26 -1.6% 24 2.6% 12 60 67 1 0
G.Kubiak DEN 7 27 5 28 0.1% 23 -3.6% 9 43 58 0 1
M.Tomczak CHI 6 28 2 30 -6.7% 28 -10.6% 18 78 99 1 0
M.Rypien WAS 3 29 9 27 -7.9% 29 -0.2% 14 79 64 1 2
G.Hogeboom PHX 1 30 4 29 -11.3% 30 -8.5% 20 94 87 1 1
V.Testaverde TB -6 31 -3 32 -18.5% 32 -15.5% 19 133 54 0 1
W.Wilson MIN -6 32 -2 31 -17.7% 31 -13.8% 23 143 69 1 1
B.Brister PIT -12 33 -18 34 -29.2% 33 -37.8% 14 56 19 0 0
S.Beuerlein LARD -12 34 -13 33 -39.4% 34 -41.5% 10 44 3 0 0
K.O'Brien NYJ -22 35 -22 35 -68.6% 35 -67.3% 8 18 -23 0 0
T.Blackledge PIT -40 36 -46 36 -85.3% 36 -96.0% 8 18 -53 0 2