Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1990

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
W.Moon HOIL 1,544 1 1,649 1 27.6% 4 30.2% 620 4,424 5,313 33 8 4 13 62.2% 5/98
D.Marino MIA 1,265 2 1,271 3 25.4% 5 25.6% 542 3,473 4,507 21 1 0 11 58.1% 4/94
S.DeBerg KC 1,178 3 1,243 4 29.4% 3 31.6% 468 3,216 3,950 23 3 2 3 58.4% 4/55
J.Montana SF 1,098 4 1,290 2 20.5% 7 26.0% 547 3,775 4,290 26 0 4 16 62.1% 5/82
J.Everett LARM 1,056 5 1,061 6 16.8% 9 16.9% 585 3,758 4,480 23 2 2 17 55.4% 14/257
J.Kelly BUF 1,042 6 1,145 5 31.8% 2 36.1% 363 2,671 3,364 24 0 1 9 63.8% 8/100
J.Schroeder LARD 1,020 7 931 7 33.6% 1 29.7% 365 2,647 3,223 19 5 4 8 54.5% 6/134
J.Elway DEN 751 8 577 11 11.1% 10 6.0% 545 3,212 3,744 15 2 5 14 58.7% 4/81
M.Rypien WAS 711 9 683 8 24.1% 6 22.7% 312 2,034 2,590 16 2 0 11 54.4% 1/19
P.Simms NYG 649 10 584 10 20.4% 8 17.3% 332 2,156 2,543 15 4 2 4 59.7% 4/27
R.Cunningham PHI 611 11 598 9 7.3% 11 6.9% 515 3,011 3,487 30 4 1 12 58.5% 9/112
K.O'Brien NYJ 469 12 432 13 5.5% 12 4.2% 444 2,588 2,911 13 4 0 9 55.4% 5/90
B.Brister PIT 307 13 529 12 0.3% 15 8.5% 418 2,467 2,581 20 4 2 14 57.9% 3/41
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Miller ATL 304 14 203 17 -0.1% 16 -3.8% 421 2,542 2,634 17 5 6 14 57.4% 4/119
T.Rosenbach PHX 284 15 123 20 -1.4% 17 -6.9% 482 2,799 2,755 16 4 3 15 54.2% 3/81
W.Wilson MIN 157 16 113 21 4.3% 13 -0.1% 160 1,063 1,032 9 2 1 7 56.9% 0/0
B.J.Tolliver SD 143 17 228 15 -5.9% 22 -2.8% 429 2,420 2,388 16 3 2 16 53.1% 6/109
B.Gagliano DET 128 18 21 22 0.5% 14 -9.2% 174 1,100 1,055 10 3 1 10 54.7% 1/3
J.Harbaugh CHI 120 19 244 14 -5.5% 19 0.3% 341 1,967 1,893 10 2 5 5 58.3% 3/47
S.Walsh 2TM 110 20 205 16 -5.9% 21 -1.3% 346 1,935 1,821 12 1 2 12 53.4% 1/21
R.Peete DET 107 21 153 19 -5.3% 18 -2.7% 299 1,801 1,605 13 3 4 8 52.2% 2/35
D.Majkowski GB 78 22 -32 25 -7.0% 23 -12.8% 297 1,737 1,623 10 4 2 12 57.0% 3/75
S.Grogan NE 35 23 -3 24 -5.7% 20 -11.6% 102 537 557 4 0 1 3 54.3% 0/0
D.Krieg SEA 25 24 -65 26 -10.3% 24 -13.4% 488 2,797 2,356 15 8 6 18 59.8% 3/38
B.Esiason CIN 10 25 171 18 -10.8% 25 -4.9% 438 2,812 2,232 24 4 6 21 55.7% 2/59
V.Testaverde TB -16 26 13 23 -11.8% 26 -10.6% 406 2,460 2,010 17 4 2 18 55.8% 5/94
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Trudeau IND -40 27 -66 27 -15.0% 27 -17.5% 161 976 780 6 3 4 6 58.7% 2/17
S.Humphries WAS -43 28 -112 28 -15.2% 28 -21.6% 165 953 804 3 0 0 10 58.3% 0/0
T.Hodson NE -55 29 -145 30 -16.1% 29 -24.2% 179 820 821 4 1 4 5 54.5% 1/14
M.Pagel CLE1 -134 30 -218 34 -25.4% 34 -34.3% 153 779 561 3 1 1 8 46.6% 2/18
R.Gannon MIN -162 31 -145 31 -17.8% 31 -17.1% 387 2,086 1,750 16 8 2 15 52.3% 5/47
J.Fourcade NO -173 32 -159 32 -34.7% 37 -32.8% 124 741 357 3 1 1 6 43.1% 0/0
B.Kosar CLE1 -178 33 -115 29 -17.5% 30 -15.2% 460 2,307 2,007 10 3 2 15 54.9% 4/76
A.Dilweg GB -200 34 -203 33 -27.0% 35 -27.2% 212 1,096 734 8 4 5 7 53.7% 1/27
J.George IND -211 35 -225 35 -20.3% 32 -20.9% 371 1,772 1,588 16 1 3 12 55.2% 3/40
T.Aikman DAL -251 36 -241 36 -20.5% 33 -20.1% 440 2,268 1,871 11 3 2 17 56.8% 5/105
M.Tomczak CHI -292 37 -262 37 -52.8% 38 -48.6% 115 451 167 3 0 1 5 37.5% 0/0
Ma.Wilson NE -352 38 -312 38 -31.3% 36 -29.0% 296 1,392 924 6 6 0 11 52.5% 2/14
C.Chandler TB -438 39 -454 39 -81.9% 39 -84.4% 100 358 -90 1 3 1 6 50.6% 0/0

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Carlson HOIL 252 199 54.9% 40.8% 58 368 643 4 0 0 2 67.3% 1/36
F.Reich BUF 207 154 38.0% 25.4% 69 428 621 2 0 0 0 57.1% 0/0
S.Young SF 113 85 14.7% 8.4% 68 386 505 2 0 1 0 63.3% 0/0
J.Rutledge WAS 79 82 4.5% 5.2% 74 421 512 2 0 1 1 58.8% 0/0
E.Wilhelm CIN 49 53 29.4% 32.1% 20 115 165 0 0 0 0 63.2% 0/0
P.T.Willis CHI 43 52 48.0% 61.3% 13 99 116 1 0 0 1 75.0% 0/0
Tr.Taylor NYJ 16 22 8.2% 15.9% 12 46 88 1 0 0 0 70.0% 0/0
J.Hostetler NYG 7 69 -10.0% 0.4% 97 545 490 3 3 1 1 55.3% 0/0
B.Kiel GB 5 29 -10.3% -6.2% 93 442 483 2 0 1 2 60.0% 2/19
J.Friesz SD -10 -12 -18.1% -19.7% 22 91 99 1 0 0 1 52.4% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
G.Gilbert BUF -11 -21 -21.5% -30.6% 16 97 71 2 0 0 2 53.3% 1/33
H.Millen ATL -42 14 -20.2% -8.2% 75 384 319 1 0 3 0 53.1% 0/0
R.Strom PIT -51 -71 -41.6% -53.9% 27 130 65 0 1 0 1 66.7% 0/0
A.Ware DET -54 -85 -36.5% -51.3% 33 142 98 1 0 0 2 44.8% 0/0
S.Campbell ATL -84 -32 -27.9% -17.5% 83 472 290 3 0 0 4 48.6% 1/15
M.Vlasic SD -87 -88 -46.3% -46.6% 41 167 81 1 0 1 2 47.5% 1/41
T.Eason NYJ -103 -114 -62.3% -68.1% 33 109 22 0 1 1 1 48.1% 0/0
G.Kubiak DEN -221 -240 -161.5% -174.0% 27 118 -183 0 2 0 4 50.0% 0/0
B.Laufenberg DAL -374 -384 -97.4% -99.8% 71 250 -160 1 0 0 6 35.8% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Cunningham PHI 297 1 295 1 44.8% 5 44.3% 105 949 1,059 5 3
R.Peete DET 164 2 160 2 56.2% 2 54.4% 43 367 546 6 2
J.Harbaugh CHI 128 3 126 3 38.8% 6 38.0% 50 321 483 4 0
T.Rosenbach PHX 110 4 102 4 15.1% 16 13.2% 76 483 551 3 2
J.Elway DEN 90 5 78 5 25.1% 10 20.1% 43 264 387 3 0
S.Young SF 72 6 67 6 78.0% 1 71.3% 14 161 225 0 0
D.Majkowski GB 65 7 61 7 50.1% 4 46.8% 23 192 227 1 0
B.Esiason CIN 59 8 57 9 21.3% 12 20.2% 32 175 265 0 0
S.Humphries WAS 55 9 52 10 51.4% 3 48.6% 15 115 191 2 0
R.Gannon MIN 48 10 60 8 10.4% 17 16.1% 42 276 268 1 0
J.Montana SF 48 11 45 11 18.2% 13 16.6% 31 175 225 1 0
T.Aikman DAL 43 12 44 12 16.8% 14 17.6% 30 190 204 1 0
V.Testaverde TB 22 13 15 19 4.2% 19 -1.3% 30 290 150 1 4
T.Hodson NE 22 14 23 14 30.3% 7 32.1% 9 79 88 0 0
W.Wilson MIN 22 15 16 18 28.6% 8 18.7% 10 80 89 0 0
J.Hostetler NYG 17 16 29 13 -0.5% 22 7.9% 27 195 146 2 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.O'Brien NYJ 17 17 17 17 2.5% 20 2.9% 18 74 117 0 1
C.Chandler TB 15 18 10 21 15.7% 15 7.3% 11 71 74 1 1
J.Everett LARM 14 19 12 20 28.1% 9 22.5% 9 43 56 1 0
M.Tomczak CHI 14 20 18 16 21.4% 11 29.7% 8 45 65 2 1
A.Dilweg GB 14 21 20 15 5.9% 18 13.1% 16 119 91 0 1
B.Gagliano DET 14 22 7 24 -4.3% 23 -8.2% 33 169 160 0 1
C.Miller ATL 12 23 8 22 0.4% 21 -3.6% 16 99 95 1 0
J.Kelly BUF 3 24 7 23 -6.0% 24 1.8% 13 68 45 0 0
P.Simms NYG 2 25 1 25 -8.6% 25 -10.9% 12 70 47 1 1
D.Krieg SEA 0 26 -5 26 -11.7% 26 -16.8% 21 124 81 0 1
J.Fourcade NO -8 27 -8 27 -22.7% 27 -22.5% 15 81 36 1 2
D.Marino MIA -15 28 -17 28 -41.0% 29 -45.6% 9 48 4 0 1
J.Schroeder LARD -33 29 -38 29 -45.9% 30 -50.1% 21 100 -7 0 2
S.Walsh NO -51 30 -50 30 -101.1% 32 -98.4% 10 21 -78 0 3
W.Moon HOIL -51 31 -63 32 -29.9% 28 -33.9% 48 209 87 2 6
B.Brister PIT -52 32 -55 31 -79.4% 31 -83.5% 15 69 -65 0 3