Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1994

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
S.Young SF 1,634 1 1,793 1 38.8% 2 43.7% 493 3,787 4,859 35 2 1 10 70.6% 9/114
D.Marino MIA 1,349 2 1,315 2 21.6% 6 20.8% 631 4,336 5,147 30 6 2 17 63.0% 5/122
J.Everett NO 1,126 3 1,105 3 19.3% 7 18.7% 560 3,694 4,499 22 1 1 18 64.2% 14/240
B.Favre GB 1,000 4 1,054 4 14.5% 9 15.9% 609 3,699 4,498 33 2 3 14 62.8% 4/81
T.Aikman DAL 887 5 897 5 25.3% 5 25.7% 374 2,618 3,167 13 0 2 12 64.9% 12/137
J.Montana KC 724 6 827 6 10.8% 10 13.9% 511 3,148 3,644 16 2 5 9 61.1% 5/81
W.Moon MIN 682 7 756 7 5.9% 13 7.8% 630 4,007 4,145 18 6 2 18 62.2% 4/49
D.Krieg DET 595 8 545 10 31.5% 3 28.0% 229 1,525 1,932 15 3 1 3 61.8% 2/56
D.Bledsoe NE 584 9 660 8 1.5% 19 3.2% 708 4,403 4,511 25 5 4 25 58.7% 3/44
S.Humphries SD 543 10 500 12 6.9% 12 5.4% 481 2,978 3,166 17 3 2 12 58.4% 4/139
C.Erickson TB 510 11 574 9 8.2% 11 10.7% 420 2,768 2,810 15 3 2 8 56.6% 4/46
C.Chandler LARM 427 12 510 11 25.9% 4 33.1% 182 1,304 1,510 7 1 0 2 62.1% 4/88
J.Kelly BUF 424 13 353 16 2.4% 18 0.2% 484 2,827 3,096 22 5 6 17 64.0% 8/101
V.Testaverde CLE1 371 14 347 17 3.5% 16 2.6% 385 2,477 2,537 16 1 2 15 55.8% 10/232
J.Harbaugh IND 359 15 397 14 16.4% 8 19.3% 218 1,364 1,540 9 0 0 5 62.2% 2/29
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.George ATL 348 16 436 13 -1.9% 22 0.4% 562 3,496 3,516 23 8 4 17 61.9% 5/115
S.Walsh CHI 339 17 319 19 3.1% 17 2.2% 357 1,994 2,383 10 2 3 7 61.0% 2/16
M.Tomczak PIT 332 18 329 18 42.7% 1 42.3% 98 770 947 4 2 0 0 58.1% 2/38
J.Elway DEN 276 19 363 15 -3.0% 23 -0.5% 543 3,157 3,132 16 4 6 11 62.3% 7/105
J.Blake CIN 191 20 156 22 -1.9% 21 -3.6% 325 2,020 1,922 14 1 4 9 51.5% 3/50
R.Cunningham PHI 176 21 34 29 -5.8% 26 -10.1% 533 2,850 2,894 16 4 3 12 54.0% 6/156
J.Friesz WAS 172 22 142 23 3.8% 15 1.2% 186 1,222 1,158 10 0 1 9 58.3% 2/40
B.Esiason NYJ 165 23 167 20 -5.5% 25 -5.4% 460 2,644 2,564 17 6 3 13 58.2% 3/29
S.Bono KC 128 24 140 24 5.8% 14 7.4% 117 796 780 4 0 0 4 56.4% 0/0
J.Hostetler LARD 118 25 166 21 -7.3% 29 -5.7% 497 3,071 2,617 20 3 6 16 58.3% 1/5
H.Millen DEN 105 26 85 28 0.5% 20 -1.7% 140 815 869 2 0 2 2 62.3% 2/19
J.Schroeder ARI 74 27 100 26 -6.2% 28 -4.4% 244 1,422 1,303 4 0 3 7 56.9% 1/7
N.O'Donnell PIT 64 28 96 27 -8.5% 30 -7.2% 402 2,158 2,072 13 2 2 9 58.2% 5/79
D.Brown NYG 63 29 -6 33 -8.6% 31 -11.4% 393 2,268 2,042 12 5 2 15 57.9% 6/183
B.Hebert ATL 50 30 -13 34 -3.6% 24 -13.1% 105 593 607 2 1 0 5 51.0% 1/12
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Rypien CLE1 44 31 29 30 -5.8% 27 -7.7% 131 672 729 4 0 2 3 46.5% 3/38
C.Miller LARM 32 32 9 31 -9.6% 34 -10.7% 345 1,879 1,765 16 3 2 13 55.1% 3/103
S.Mitchell DET 28 33 -61 36 -9.4% 32 -15.0% 257 1,375 1,299 10 4 3 10 49.0% 4/68
D.Majkowski IND 16 34 -3 32 -9.5% 33 -11.4% 162 936 819 6 0 4 7 55.3% 0/0
E.Kramer CHI -31 35 -49 35 -13.7% 36 -15.3% 175 1,037 919 8 2 1 8 62.3% 3/103
R.Mirer SEA -34 36 117 25 -12.5% 35 -6.5% 406 1,964 1,988 11 1 1 6 52.1% 8/98
G.Frerotte WAS -57 37 -106 37 -19.2% 39 -26.3% 104 576 488 5 2 2 5 46.5% 2/56
S.Beuerlein ARI -69 38 -110 38 -15.4% 37 -17.9% 277 1,403 1,218 5 4 2 8 51.2% 2/29
H.Shuler WAS -134 39 -130 39 -18.8% 38 -18.6% 277 1,554 1,228 10 1 2 11 45.6% 6/121
J.Trudeau NYJ -167 40 -154 40 -37.9% 43 -35.8% 100 437 275 1 1 1 4 55.6% 0/0
B.Richardson HOIL -239 41 -287 42 -30.2% 41 -34.0% 204 1,059 677 6 3 3 6 52.5% 0/0
D.McGwire SEA -287 42 -261 41 -50.9% 45 -47.3% 120 482 186 1 4 4 2 49.5% 0/0
B.J.Tolliver HOIL -312 43 -323 43 -29.6% 40 -30.3% 268 1,127 935 6 0 6 6 50.2% 2/41
C.Carlson HOIL -340 44 -408 44 -48.2% 44 -55.7% 149 611 271 1 3 4 4 45.0% 2/17
D.Klingler CIN -424 45 -469 45 -37.1% 42 -39.8% 253 1,160 741 6 0 6 8 57.2% 2/44

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Garrett DAL 123 99 52.7% 40.4% 33 297 322 2 0 0 1 53.3% 1/28
R.Peete DAL 97 68 16.5% 8.3% 62 447 415 4 2 1 1 58.9% 0/0
B.Brister PHI 89 131 7.0% 15.6% 81 468 517 2 0 0 1 67.1% 1/41
G.Gilbert SD 89 94 9.3% 10.6% 71 382 470 3 0 0 1 61.2% 1/6
E.Grbac SF 66 72 7.0% 8.7% 55 356 384 2 0 4 1 70.0% 2/30
S.Gelbaugh SEA 54 51 74.9% 70.2% 11 80 123 1 0 0 0 63.6% 0/0
B.Kosar MIA 16 21 7.9% 13.7% 12 80 90 1 0 0 1 58.3% 0/0
K.Graham NYG -15 -45 -15.6% -24.0% 53 262 259 3 1 0 2 48.0% 2/23
B.Johnson MIN -25 -2 -21.6% -11.9% 38 145 161 0 0 0 0 59.5% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
F.Reich BUF -31 -62 -16.4% -21.5% 98 513 438 1 1 0 4 61.5% 0/0
T.Maddox LARM -36 -38 -42.9% -44.6% 19 141 42 0 0 0 2 52.6% 0/0
S.Salisbury MIN -36 -66 -28.4% -43.0% 35 150 119 0 0 0 1 47.1% 0/0
V.Evans LARD -44 -73 -27.8% -38.9% 42 163 153 2 1 1 0 54.5% 2/22
W.Wilson NO -47 -12 -35.5% -17.3% 32 148 93 0 1 0 0 71.4% 0/0
M.Brunell GB -56 -69 -42.2% -49.5% 30 77 69 0 0 1 0 44.4% 0/0
J.McMahon ARI -109 -110 -48.7% -48.9% 47 195 87 1 0 1 3 53.5% 0/0
B.Nagle IND -164 -149 -124.9% -114.4% 22 54 -107 0 1 1 1 40.0% 0/0
T.Dilfer TB -220 -259 -53.9% -61.4% 88 391 119 1 1 1 6 46.9% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Young SF 137 1 131 1 34.5% 4 33.0% 46 302 525 7 2
R.Cunningham PHI 120 2 115 2 32.4% 5 32.8% 46 308 452 3 2
J.Elway DEN 110 3 96 4 30.6% 6 26.5% 45 257 428 4 1
B.Richardson HOIL 94 4 97 3 56.3% 3 58.6% 26 218 317 1 1
J.Harbaugh IND 59 5 52 6 23.4% 11 17.6% 34 227 268 0 0
J.Blake CIN 58 6 61 5 25.2% 10 28.2% 31 222 239 1 1
J.Hostetler LARD 53 7 51 7 14.0% 13 13.2% 34 172 268 2 1
C.Miller LARM 45 8 45 8 75.9% 1 73.5% 13 108 145 0 0
B.J.Tolliver HOIL 43 9 42 9 58.0% 2 55.6% 9 39 145 2 0
R.Mirer SEA 43 10 37 11 19.2% 12 15.9% 27 159 193 0 0
N.O'Donnell PIT 41 11 41 10 27.8% 7 29.3% 16 89 165 1 0
B.Favre GB 32 12 37 12 2.2% 18 7.4% 32 210 199 2 1
D.Klingler CIN 28 13 26 14 26.1% 9 23.1% 16 86 114 0 0
D.Bledsoe NE 24 14 19 17 4.6% 17 1.4% 21 59 159 0 0
J.Kelly BUF 23 15 27 13 26.3% 8 34.3% 12 87 96 1 0
C.Chandler LARM 19 16 20 16 12.1% 14 10.0% 13 65 114 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Erickson TB 17 17 21 15 1.3% 19 4.0% 19 73 136 1 0
V.Testaverde CLE1 16 18 18 18 9.6% 15 9.8% 12 46 100 2 0
T.Aikman DAL 11 19 10 19 7.2% 16 1.3% 15 72 86 1 0
D.Krieg DET 7 20 1 23 -0.7% 21 -8.5% 10 44 36 0 0
J.George ATL 6 21 6 20 -0.6% 20 -3.0% 16 81 58 0 0
D.Brown NYG 3 22 4 21 -12.2% 22 -10.7% 44 207 183 2 2
D.Majkowski IND 2 23 3 22 -12.4% 23 -8.2% 13 40 61 3 1
C.Carlson HOIL -2 24 -1 24 -19.6% 26 -14.6% 8 17 25 0 0
W.Moon MIN -4 25 -1 25 -18.2% 25 -13.5% 18 61 52 0 1
H.Shuler WAS -7 26 -9 26 -17.7% 24 -20.9% 22 106 57 0 0
B.Esiason NYJ -14 27 -13 27 -30.4% 27 -28.8% 15 59 23 0 2
J.Schroeder ARI -16 28 -18 28 -44.0% 29 -43.6% 11 57 -1 0 1
S.Walsh CHI -23 29 -24 29 -40.7% 28 -44.8% 9 19 5 1 1
J.Everett NO -25 30 -26 30 -59.1% 30 -56.4% 11 39 -22 0 1
S.Mitchell DET -33 31 -30 31 -66.5% 32 -62.1% 11 26 -33 1 1
S.Beuerlein ARI -50 32 -50 32 -64.3% 31 -65.2% 16 32 -46 1 2