Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1993

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/21/2012

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, 45 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Elway DEN 1,438 1 1,343 2 26.4% 7 23.9% 590 3,732 5,047 25 3 4 10 63.5% 12/197
S.Young SF 1,333 2 1,466 1 30.3% 4 34.4% 491 3,831 4,411 29 4 4 16 68.9% 4/44
T.Aikman DAL 1,234 3 1,167 3 33.9% 2 31.5% 417 2,945 3,886 15 3 2 6 69.5% 5/58
J.Montana KC 862 4 846 5 31.5% 3 30.7% 311 2,082 2,802 13 1 0 7 60.7% 6/111
B.Esiason NYJ 824 5 885 4 14.4% 11 16.3% 496 3,272 3,718 16 8 5 11 61.1% 4/39
J.Hostetler LARD 773 6 734 7 16.2% 9 14.8% 458 3,032 3,327 14 4 2 10 56.5% 4/121
P.Simms NYG 705 7 778 6 13.9% 12 16.5% 438 2,779 3,222 15 5 2 9 62.4% 6/159
S.Beuerlein PHX 583 8 650 8 9.3% 15 11.6% 445 2,954 3,093 18 1 4 16 62.0% 2/57
B.Brister PHI 562 9 523 10 16.1% 10 14.2% 326 1,745 2,428 14 1 1 5 59.2% 3/33
J.Kelly BUF 503 10 552 9 4.7% 23 6.2% 493 3,183 3,243 18 4 3 18 62.1% 5/58
J.George IND 497 11 473 12 7.0% 19 6.1% 433 2,305 2,882 8 2 2 6 57.8% 4/62
S.Mitchell MIA 453 12 439 14 18.4% 8 17.5% 241 1,721 1,849 12 2 0 8 57.1% 0/0
N.O'Donnell PIT 436 13 515 11 2.2% 25 4.6% 526 2,857 3,223 14 1 4 7 56.1% 1/24
B.Hebert ATL 432 14 463 13 3.7% 24 4.8% 454 2,783 2,927 24 4 5 16 61.8% 3/138
J.McMahon MIN 415 15 366 17 7.4% 18 5.3% 354 1,843 2,363 9 2 2 8 61.0% 3/69
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
E.Kramer DET 406 16 417 16 35.8% 1 37.0% 140 966 1,249 8 0 1 3 64.4% 0/0
D.Marino MIA 401 17 429 15 29.8% 5 32.6% 159 1,163 1,337 8 3 1 3 60.7% 2/31
J.Friesz SD 369 18 221 25 12.7% 13 3.1% 249 1,304 1,751 6 0 0 4 54.5% 2/17
S.Humphries SD 350 19 348 19 5.5% 22 5.4% 342 1,839 2,169 12 1 1 9 53.4% 3/43
S.DeBerg 2TM 334 20 242 23 9.8% 14 4.0% 244 1,564 1,725 7 2 0 10 60.2% 4/62
W.Moon HOIL 304 21 361 18 -2.8% 26 -1.2% 557 3,248 3,354 21 6 6 21 58.6% 3/33
V.Testaverde CLE1 296 22 300 21 8.5% 16 8.8% 244 1,697 1,619 14 1 3 9 57.3% 3/29
R.Cunningham PHI 290 23 316 20 29.4% 6 33.1% 116 810 969 5 1 0 5 69.7% 0/0
S.Salisbury MIN 264 24 293 22 8.1% 17 10.2% 208 1,327 1,464 9 1 2 6 59.3% 4/55
D.Krieg KC 245 25 187 26 6.4% 21 2.2% 212 1,098 1,458 7 3 2 3 55.6% 5/148
T.J.Rubley LARM 233 26 223 24 6.8% 20 6.0% 202 1,217 1,361 8 1 1 6 57.2% 2/5
B.Favre GB 134 27 42 28 -7.4% 28 -10.0% 552 3,114 3,108 19 7 5 24 61.4% 9/127
D.Bledsoe NE 72 28 56 27 -8.7% 30 -9.2% 444 2,388 2,438 15 2 2 15 50.2% 8/74
C.Chandler PHX 45 29 -10 31 -4.8% 27 -12.6% 108 451 634 3 0 2 2 50.5% 0/0
J.Schroeder CIN 39 30 -63 32 -7.5% 29 -17.1% 173 736 898 5 2 3 2 49.4% 2/28
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Trudeau IND -56 31 13 30 -16.3% 31 -9.9% 167 978 800 2 1 1 7 52.1% 1/6
C.Carlson HOIL -60 32 -83 35 -21.1% 37 -24.8% 100 550 411 2 2 1 4 56.7% 1/9
T.Philcox CLE1 -89 33 -112 37 -23.3% 39 -26.6% 117 628 466 4 0 2 6 48.1% 1/37
B.Kosar 2TM -102 34 25 29 -18.7% 34 -9.3% 228 1,060 940 8 4 1 3 57.8% 3/80
D.Klingler CIN -135 35 -71 33 -16.8% 33 -14.1% 385 1,732 1,723 6 3 4 6 55.4% 2/26
K.O'Brien PHI -151 36 -96 36 -26.6% 42 -20.9% 152 592 583 4 2 2 3 51.8% 1/11
R.Mirer SEA -190 37 -208 41 -16.6% 32 -17.1% 535 2,553 2,541 12 5 4 17 57.0% 3/34
S.Secules NE -195 38 -195 39 -31.8% 43 -31.9% 143 879 493 2 4 0 9 56.0% 3/43
J.Everett LARM -206 39 -157 38 -22.4% 38 -19.8% 294 1,523 1,187 8 3 4 9 49.3% 3/58
W.Wilson NO -229 40 -72 34 -19.7% 35 -13.8% 422 2,242 1,843 12 5 3 15 57.6% 0/0
R.Gannon WAS -267 41 -202 40 -41.1% 45 -33.8% 140 614 354 3 2 0 7 59.7% 1/21
C.Erickson TB -271 42 -391 45 -20.2% 36 -24.3% 492 2,813 2,045 18 7 3 21 51.3% 3/50
J.Harbaugh CHI -292 43 -342 43 -23.6% 40 -25.8% 367 1,787 1,485 7 4 7 11 62.3% 3/93
M.Rypien WAS -316 44 -308 42 -25.9% 41 -25.5% 336 1,413 1,315 4 3 4 9 52.0% 2/61
R.Peete DET -385 45 -386 44 -32.5% 44 -32.6% 290 1,487 932 6 6 5 13 62.5% 3/40

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Bono SF 211 180 38.3% 31.0% 65 398 630 0 0 0 1 63.9% 2/24
M.Buck NO 62 37 4.5% -1.6% 58 423 401 4 1 1 3 59.3% 0/0
F.Reich BUF 34 5 6.5% -8.6% 32 106 203 2 0 0 0 61.5% 0/0
C.Conklin WAS -14 -9 -13.4% -12.6% 95 451 459 4 0 1 3 52.9% 1/32
B.J.Tolliver ATL -18 26 -14.5% -6.3% 79 449 410 3 0 0 5 51.3% 1/13
B.Nagle NYJ -20 -26 -27.2% -32.3% 17 50 71 0 0 0 0 42.9% 3/16
D.Pederson MIA -28 -36 -53.7% -66.4% 10 36 15 0 1 1 0 50.0% 0/0
S.Walsh NO -38 -31 -27.9% -24.9% 38 271 131 2 0 0 3 52.6% 0/0
J.Garrett DAL -61 -55 -71.6% -65.5% 21 53 -2 0 0 1 0 47.4% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
K.Graham NYG -69 -63 -56.1% -52.3% 25 51 30 0 0 0 0 36.4% 1/10
C.Weldon TB -70 -67 -123.9% -119.5% 12 44 -45 0 0 0 1 54.5% 0/0
M.Tomczak PIT -80 -129 -31.7% -44.6% 61 355 202 2 2 0 5 53.7% 2/62
D.Majkowski IND -91 -90 -66.0% -65.1% 26 93 10 0 1 0 1 54.2% 0/0
V.Evans LARD -97 -132 -29.2% -35.7% 88 553 299 3 3 1 4 59.2% 1/12
A.Ware DET -136 -105 -53.1% -43.5% 52 251 76 1 0 0 2 44.4% 0/0
C.Miller ATL -152 -182 -43.9% -50.4% 74 283 166 1 2 0 3 48.5% 1/38
P.T.Willis CHI -232 -190 -66.6% -56.6% 66 248 21 0 1 1 4 50.0% 1/39

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 31 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Young SF 152 1 140 1 38.0% 6 34.2% 60 416 575 2 0
J.Hostetler LARD 108 2 105 2 34.9% 7 34.3% 41 225 414 5 0
D.Klingler CIN 98 3 97 3 51.2% 2 49.7% 30 289 345 0 0
J.Harbaugh CHI 72 4 68 4 17.5% 14 15.8% 43 290 346 4 1
R.Mirer SEA 66 5 59 6 12.6% 16 8.3% 53 353 373 3 2
W.Wilson NO 66 6 63 5 54.5% 1 50.6% 24 238 213 0 1
B.Esiason NYJ 52 7 58 7 20.1% 12 26.0% 25 130 227 1 0
J.Kelly BUF 40 8 40 8 39.5% 5 39.2% 17 116 150 0 0
J.Elway DEN 38 9 37 9 23.9% 11 21.2% 22 169 174 0 1
C.Carlson HOIL 30 10 29 12 42.5% 4 38.9% 9 44 113 2 0
V.Testaverde CLE1 30 11 29 11 43.2% 3 44.2% 10 79 105 0 0
N.O'Donnell PIT 28 12 28 13 34.4% 8 34.1% 14 118 109 0 0
C.Erickson TB 27 13 31 10 25.4% 10 28.5% 16 103 121 0 0
R.Peete DET 24 14 25 14 4.4% 17 2.9% 34 177 184 1 0
V.Evans LARD 23 15 22 15 27.9% 9 25.9% 11 58 93 0 0
R.Gannon WAS 21 16 20 16 17.5% 13 15.6% 17 92 101 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Montana KC 17 17 12 17 15.2% 15 8.3% 13 74 81 0 0
B.Favre GB 12 18 10 18 -4.8% 19 -6.9% 37 237 178 1 2
W.Moon HOIL 9 19 -8 24 -9.0% 20 -16.5% 31 159 154 1 1
R.Cunningham PHI 6 20 8 19 -4.5% 18 0.3% 15 113 61 1 2
S.Mitchell MIA 1 21 -2 21 -11.4% 21 -14.8% 16 93 63 0 1
T.J.Rubley LARM -6 22 -1 20 -16.8% 22 -13.0% 19 113 62 0 1
T.Aikman DAL -7 23 -9 26 -21.3% 23 -21.2% 20 136 38 0 2
S.Beuerlein PHX -7 24 -4 22 -26.1% 24 -19.1% 9 54 21 0 1
J.George IND -8 25 -9 25 -30.8% 26 -35.9% 9 44 12 0 0
B.Brister PHI -11 26 -8 23 -26.8% 25 -22.7% 13 47 28 0 1
P.Simms NYG -14 27 -13 27 -31.8% 27 -30.4% 13 39 19 0 1
B.Hebert ATL -14 28 -15 28 -33.3% 28 -33.3% 13 53 16 0 2
J.Everett LARM -17 29 -21 29 -41.9% 30 -49.1% 12 49 2 0 0
J.McMahon MIN -35 30 -35 30 -36.0% 29 -37.0% 26 101 24 0 0
D.Bledsoe NE -62 31 -62 31 -72.3% 31 -70.5% 20 87 -71 0 3