Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1991

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/19/2012

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
M.Rypien WAS 1,491 1 1,475 1 42.0% 1 41.4% 430 3,495 4,288 28 4 5 11 59.6% 4/89
W.Moon HOIL 1,293 2 1,336 2 17.4% 8 18.4% 677 4,509 5,405 23 5 1 21 62.0% 9/109
J.Kelly BUF 1,087 3 1,315 3 21.6% 6 28.5% 506 3,613 4,151 33 1 4 17 64.1% 7/143
D.Marino MIA 1,076 4 1,303 4 17.8% 7 23.9% 578 3,773 4,479 25 4 2 13 58.0% 5/67
T.Aikman DAL 866 5 671 9 23.5% 5 15.7% 395 2,532 3,201 11 2 2 10 65.5% 2/42
S.Young SF 859 6 912 5 34.3% 2 37.1% 292 2,426 2,691 17 1 1 8 65.2% 0/0
S.DeBerg KC 750 7 644 10 13.8% 11 10.3% 453 2,798 3,440 17 2 1 14 59.1% 3/41
B.Kosar CLE1 683 8 700 7 8.6% 15 9.1% 534 3,233 3,716 18 5 2 9 62.7% 5/73
C.Miller ATL 662 9 715 6 13.5% 12 15.5% 434 2,944 3,063 26 1 1 18 53.7% 3/60
J.Harbaugh CHI 656 10 672 8 9.2% 14 9.7% 502 2,911 3,487 15 3 2 15 58.4% 10/222
J.Everett LARM 614 11 476 15 7.1% 17 3.0% 524 3,242 3,552 11 3 8 20 56.8% 8/194
S.Bono SF 564 12 467 16 23.9% 4 17.8% 249 1,502 2,067 11 1 5 4 60.0% 5/131
R.Gannon MIN 498 13 632 11 10.5% 13 16.3% 369 2,059 2,532 12 1 1 6 60.5% 2/29
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Walsh NO 401 14 501 12 14.2% 10 20.5% 259 1,592 1,822 11 2 1 6 55.5% 4/70
S.Beuerlein DAL 377 15 227 20 29.3% 3 13.2% 143 860 1,264 5 0 0 2 49.6% 5/49
J.McMahon PHI 371 16 484 14 6.9% 18 12.4% 332 2,090 2,156 12 0 2 11 60.5% 6/126
J.Hostetler NYG 346 17 383 17 7.2% 16 9.2% 305 1,930 1,985 5 4 2 4 63.0% 3/24
K.O'Brien NYJ 303 18 497 13 -2.2% 20 3.5% 523 3,025 3,157 10 3 2 11 58.7% 8/111
B.Esiason CIN 291 19 245 19 -0.9% 19 -2.5% 437 2,676 2,688 13 7 3 16 57.1% 6/70
P.Simms NYG 263 20 152 22 16.8% 9 5.0% 158 876 1,115 8 1 2 4 59.0% 1/16
J.Schroeder LARD 196 21 166 21 -3.1% 22 -4.4% 388 2,321 2,226 15 3 4 16 53.2% 8/134
J.Elway DEN 169 22 286 18 -5.5% 26 -1.6% 495 2,937 2,640 13 6 2 12 53.9% 4/123
B.Hebert NO 142 23 115 25 -2.3% 21 -4.0% 266 1,507 1,482 9 2 3 8 60.3% 1/2
N.O'Donnell PIT 136 24 112 26 -4.5% 23 -5.7% 313 1,749 1,840 11 4 5 7 55.1% 4/49
D.Krieg SEA 130 25 120 24 -4.6% 24 -5.1% 317 1,846 1,783 11 1 4 11 65.8% 2/25
R.Peete DET 75 26 122 23 -5.0% 25 -1.2% 206 1,281 1,096 5 1 0 9 60.1% 1/21
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Tomczak GB 70 27 92 27 -6.7% 27 -5.3% 251 1,374 1,364 11 2 2 9 54.2% 3/44
J.Friesz SD 39 28 -50 29 -10.0% 28 -12.6% 521 2,672 2,748 12 5 3 15 53.8% 6/108
S.Gelbaugh PHX -79 29 -287 33 -21.4% 31 -48.7% 129 580 504 3 1 2 10 51.7% 2/30
E.Kramer DET -85 30 -18 28 -16.0% 29 -12.1% 281 1,540 1,287 11 5 3 8 51.9% 1/15
B.Brister PIT -144 31 -81 31 -22.1% 32 -17.3% 205 1,209 869 9 4 0 9 54.2% 2/23
W.Wilson MIN -148 32 -263 32 -28.4% 36 -41.7% 131 756 491 3 3 1 9 60.0% 1/26
H.Millen NE -151 33 -78 30 -16.4% 30 -13.9% 464 2,679 2,095 9 4 4 18 60.4% 2/28
C.Chandler 2TM -181 34 -411 38 -28.1% 35 -49.7% 170 680 612 5 3 2 10 51.7% 4/56
J.Kemp 2TM -294 35 -379 36 -26.1% 33 -30.5% 315 1,620 1,176 9 2 2 17 51.9% 2/61
V.Testaverde TB -356 36 -319 35 -27.1% 34 -25.4% 358 1,727 1,311 8 1 2 14 51.6% 6/72
D.Majkowski GB -422 37 -472 39 -39.3% 39 -42.7% 256 1,188 632 3 4 3 8 51.6% 2/25
T.Tupa PHX -424 38 -309 34 -32.0% 38 -26.3% 337 1,856 1,061 6 4 3 13 52.9% 3/43
J.George IND -590 39 -399 37 -28.9% 37 -23.2% 539 2,418 1,872 10 6 3 12 60.7% 6/68

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Marinovich LARD 152 141 49.2% 44.6% 40 243 400 3 0 0 0 57.5% 0/0
J.Rutledge WAS 141 82 97.2% 52.2% 24 169 296 1 0 0 0 50.0% 0/0
M.Vlasic KC 135 141 33.2% 35.0% 46 300 430 2 1 0 0 63.6% 3/40
M.Pagel LARM 62 63 25.6% 25.7% 27 150 222 2 0 0 0 40.7% 0/0
F.Reich BUF 50 67 6.0% 11.9% 45 263 302 6 0 0 2 65.9% 1/9
B.J.Tolliver ATL 44 -1 -3.3% -11.4% 90 498 512 4 0 2 2 48.8% 1/27
C.Carlson HOIL 38 47 42.9% 56.7% 13 105 108 1 0 0 0 58.3% 0/0
P.T.Willis CHI 37 41 15.2% 18.0% 20 162 163 1 0 0 1 61.1% 0/0
S.Secules MIA 11 12 -0.5% 0.0% 14 84 98 1 0 0 1 61.5% 0/0
B.Kiel GB 3 82 -10.3% 12.9% 52 335 277 3 0 1 2 59.2% 1/10
Tr.Taylor NYJ -7 -6 -22.7% -22.7% 10 76 36 1 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
E.Wilhelm CIN -25 -50 -21.7% -32.2% 43 209 158 0 0 0 2 57.1% 1/14
M.Herrmann IND -46 -52 -44.6% -48.8% 19 137 48 0 0 0 3 57.9% 1/22
V.Evans LARD -47 -69 -51.2% -70.7% 16 116 30 1 0 0 2 42.9% 1/14
K.Stouffer SEA -81 -84 -91.8% -94.5% 17 48 -30 0 0 0 1 40.0% 0/0
B.Gagliano SD -130 -123 -83.8% -80.1% 27 51 -33 0 1 1 1 39.1% 0/0
D.Hollas CIN -134 -173 -48.0% -58.8% 62 257 111 1 1 1 4 58.2% 2/26
P.Ryan PHI -235 -297 -130.1% -161.1% 31 77 -161 0 2 0 4 37.0% 0/0
T.Hodson NE -258 -206 -70.2% -58.3% 77 291 3 1 0 2 4 52.9% 0/0
B.Goebel PHI -273 -316 -83.1% -94.5% 62 230 -66 0 1 1 6 53.6% 1/19
J.Carlson TB -324 -339 -80.1% -83.4% 76 331 -63 1 1 1 6 47.7% 1/21

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Young SF 186 1 179 1 47.4% 1 45.3% 58 421 659 4 0
J.Harbaugh CHI 106 2 110 2 20.5% 8 21.9% 60 361 482 2 1
J.Elway DEN 103 3 103 3 32.6% 5 32.3% 45 270 410 6 3
J.Hostetler NYG 98 4 89 4 47.1% 3 41.9% 33 280 349 2 0
R.Gannon MIN 96 5 88 5 47.3% 2 42.5% 32 255 335 2 0
R.Peete DET 42 6 46 6 26.5% 7 30.8% 19 134 175 2 1
J.Schroeder LARD 41 7 40 7 36.7% 4 35.9% 18 104 159 0 0
C.Miller ATL 39 8 34 9 19.3% 9 14.8% 28 234 183 0 3
J.Kemp PHI 28 9 34 8 8.6% 15 12.9% 29 188 164 0 0
T.Tupa PHX 23 10 17 12 9.2% 14 3.5% 19 105 132 1 0
B.Hebert NO 22 11 19 11 32.1% 6 26.0% 10 68 90 0 0
J.McMahon PHI 19 12 23 10 14.9% 10 20.5% 13 62 97 1 0
C.Chandler PHX 15 13 12 15 3.4% 17 0.5% 20 115 106 0 1
J.Kelly BUF 15 14 17 13 9.5% 12 12.5% 11 55 84 1 0
D.Marino MIA 14 15 16 14 10.3% 11 12.9% 13 62 57 1 0
S.Bono SF 10 16 4 18 9.4% 13 -3.5% 9 55 54 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.George IND 10 17 6 17 4.6% 16 -1.8% 11 45 64 0 0
B.Esiason CIN 9 18 9 16 -2.3% 18 -3.0% 17 72 93 0 0
D.Majkowski GB 2 19 -2 21 -10.3% 20 -13.8% 22 115 87 2 3
W.Wilson MIN 2 20 0 19 -8.0% 19 -12.0% 8 43 31 0 0
D.Hollas CIN 1 21 -1 20 -10.4% 21 -14.8% 10 72 32 0 1
K.O'Brien NYJ -6 22 -2 22 -18.7% 23 -14.9% 16 66 51 0 0
N.O'Donnell PIT -6 23 -4 24 -18.6% 22 -16.7% 16 86 56 1 2
M.Tomczak GB -7 24 -3 23 -22.1% 25 -16.6% 13 96 33 1 1
H.Millen NE -11 25 -6 25 -20.5% 24 -16.3% 23 105 72 1 1
T.Aikman DAL -12 26 -10 26 -40.2% 26 -35.5% 8 16 3 1 0
J.Everett LARM -24 27 -25 27 -41.4% 27 -42.5% 15 56 4 0 1
E.Kramer DET -40 28 -36 28 -47.3% 28 -43.8% 18 49 -10 1 0
J.Friesz SD -43 29 -45 29 -95.8% 32 -99.0% 8 7 -63 0 2
B.Kosar CLE1 -57 30 -60 30 -66.3% 29 -69.1% 18 81 -57 0 3
V.Testaverde TB -78 31 -77 31 -81.4% 31 -80.3% 26 115 -96 0 3
W.Moon HOIL -115 32 -115 32 -75.8% 30 -75.9% 27 74 -137 2 6