Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1996

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/24/2012

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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
V.Testaverde BAL 1,153 1 1,018 2 18.8% 4 15.2% 585 3,893 4,673 33 2 7 19 59.3% 5/48
B.Favre GB 1,090 2 1,024 1 18.0% 5 16.2% 584 3,628 4,495 39 6 3 13 60.0% 4/75
D.Marino MIA 919 3 909 5 25.7% 2 25.3% 391 2,659 3,256 18 1 2 9 59.6% 12/155
G.Frerotte WAS 867 4 808 8 17.1% 7 15.1% 497 3,293 3,652 12 7 2 11 57.6% 6/107
J.Elway DEN 834 5 963 4 15.0% 9 19.0% 494 3,117 3,704 26 2 4 14 61.7% 4/53
T.Aikman DAL 821 6 839 7 15.4% 8 16.0% 479 3,029 3,603 12 0 4 14 64.2% 9/136
S.Young SF 817 7 730 10 24.8% 3 20.9% 352 2,227 2,945 14 1 2 6 68.2% 3/47
D.Bledsoe NE 799 8 983 3 7.5% 18 11.7% 654 3,876 4,537 27 5 3 15 60.1% 15/199
M.Brunell JAC 767 9 896 6 8.2% 15 11.4% 611 4,081 4,250 19 8 3 19 63.7% 7/155
K.Collins CAR 699 10 739 9 17.5% 6 19.0% 381 2,338 2,913 14 1 3 7 56.2% 10/173
T.Detmer PHI 577 11 580 13 10.2% 14 10.2% 429 2,719 2,967 15 2 4 13 59.8% 4/34
D.Krieg CHI 572 12 422 15 10.8% 13 5.0% 394 2,161 2,881 14 3 2 12 60.2% 5/61
B.Johnson MIN 516 13 611 12 12.7% 11 16.9% 328 2,136 2,448 17 3 1 9 62.9% 4/50
J.Blake CIN 478 14 690 11 1.3% 22 6.8% 594 3,311 3,742 24 3 4 13 56.6% 13/115
S.Humphries SD 451 15 358 16 5.7% 19 2.2% 435 2,505 2,766 18 5 1 13 56.3% 4/51
B.Esiason ARI 430 16 294 19 7.7% 17 1.7% 356 2,179 2,412 11 2 2 14 56.4% 5/119
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Hostetler OAK 423 17 497 14 3.6% 20 6.1% 435 2,350 2,884 23 2 0 13 60.5% 6/134
P.Justin IND 370 18 327 18 34.7% 1 29.3% 134 781 1,154 2 0 0 0 58.3% 1/39
S.Bono KC 348 19 233 24 0.9% 23 -3.2% 456 2,419 2,812 12 1 4 12 54.1% 7/189
J.Friesz SEA 321 20 355 17 11.7% 12 14.1% 226 1,548 1,568 8 3 1 4 56.9% 3/26
S.Mitchell DET 317 21 240 22 -0.5% 24 -3.1% 473 2,692 2,844 17 8 0 17 58.2% 9/167
B.Hebert ATL 316 22 135 29 -2.0% 25 -7.3% 513 3,007 3,224 22 6 4 24 60.6% 11/116
K.Graham ARI 241 23 186 25 2.0% 21 -1.1% 293 1,505 1,809 12 1 3 7 53.3% 4/62
J.Harbaugh IND 203 24 235 23 -4.1% 28 -3.0% 443 2,395 2,578 13 4 4 10 57.7% 10/169
S.McNair HOIL 188 25 286 20 8.2% 16 18.2% 153 1,152 1,038 6 3 2 3 61.5% 1/11
C.Chandler HOIL 187 26 180 26 -2.6% 27 -3.0% 347 1,936 2,009 16 5 2 11 57.7% 3/58
C.Erickson MIA 159 27 121 30 12.8% 10 7.0% 113 705 744 4 1 2 2 55.6% 1/4
M.Tomczak PIT 128 28 275 21 -6.4% 29 -1.0% 416 2,638 2,352 15 1 5 17 55.5% 6/112
J.Everett NO 126 29 156 27 -7.0% 30 -6.1% 487 2,641 2,625 12 3 6 15 57.7% 6/92
F.Reich NYJ 87 30 139 28 -7.2% 31 -5.0% 351 2,067 1,906 15 3 5 16 53.0% 8/95
R.Peete PHI 78 31 112 32 -2.6% 26 1.0% 144 939 843 3 0 1 5 59.7% 1/6
E.Grbac SF 51 32 121 31 -7.5% 32 -2.4% 202 1,206 1,174 8 0 0 10 62.2% 3/80
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.George ATL 18 33 -72 36 -8.7% 33 -21.1% 112 590 611 3 3 0 3 56.6% 1/4
T.Dilfer TB -5 34 -32 34 -11.3% 34 -12.2% 509 2,620 2,580 12 3 4 18 55.9% 4/105
W.Moon MIN -23 35 -48 35 -12.5% 35 -14.1% 266 1,479 1,319 7 2 4 9 54.5% 4/44
S.Beuerlein CAR -54 36 -26 33 -16.9% 37 -14.0% 142 740 681 8 5 3 2 56.1% 2/40
D.Majkowski DET -81 37 -141 41 -22.6% 40 -31.1% 113 492 459 3 3 0 3 53.9% 2/17
E.Kramer CHI -87 38 -97 38 -19.7% 38 -20.7% 158 733 702 3 1 0 4 48.7% 1/10
J.Kelly BUF -88 39 -83 37 -14.6% 36 -14.5% 415 2,523 1,953 14 5 4 19 59.0% 5/117
T.Collins BUF -162 40 -100 39 -36.0% 45 -26.5% 108 656 303 4 0 2 5 58.5% 0/0
N.O'Donnell NYJ -206 41 -157 42 -27.7% 42 -23.8% 206 1,010 729 4 0 2 6 58.8% 0/0
S.Salisbury SD -209 42 -216 43 -31.1% 43 -31.9% 173 870 563 5 1 2 7 51.6% 2/20
B.Hobert OAK -215 43 -128 40 -40.1% 46 -28.5% 112 615 306 4 2 4 5 55.3% 1/14
R.Mirer SEA -244 44 -343 46 -24.5% 41 -30.0% 286 1,448 1,141 5 0 4 11 51.7% 6/79
G.Foley NYJ -295 45 -313 44 -52.9% 47 -55.5% 120 490 168 3 0 1 7 49.1% 1/32
D.Brown NYG -297 46 -340 45 -21.7% 39 -23.3% 448 2,116 1,870 12 3 6 18 54.2% 5/55
T.Banks STL -519 47 -493 47 -31.2% 44 -30.3% 424 2,209 1,376 15 9 10 15 52.6% 5/53

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Gannon KC 143 171 12.2% 16.7% 95 450 686 6 0 1 1 60.7% 0/0
S.Matthews CHI 116 110 86.4% 81.4% 18 155 253 1 0 0 0 76.5% 0/0
M.Rypien PHI 58 73 47.5% 63.5% 13 76 157 1 0 0 0 76.9% 0/0
J.Brohm SF 29 41 2.9% 8.5% 36 179 206 1 0 0 0 61.8% 0/0
E.Wilhelm CIN 20 13 8.7% 1.6% 15 74 107 1 0 0 1 58.3% 0/0
J.Martin STL 15 15 -5.0% -5.1% 38 207 218 3 1 0 2 67.6% 1/10
B.Kosar MIA -8 29 -14.8% 2.2% 38 174 165 1 0 0 0 75.0% 0/0
W.Wilson DAL -23 -23 -28.9% -28.6% 19 72 74 0 0 0 1 44.4% 2/30
E.Zeier BAL -33 -63 -32.1% -51.5% 24 84 81 1 1 1 1 50.0% 1/27
J.Miller PIT -35 -19 -31.6% -22.2% 28 112 90 0 1 0 0 52.0% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Klingler OAK -45 -35 -39.9% -33.2% 26 73 65 0 0 0 0 43.5% 0/0
J.Lewis DEN -57 -63 -61.2% -66.4% 18 51 15 0 0 0 1 52.9% 0/0
C.Weldon TB -71 -56 -106.4% -86.8% 12 65 -36 0 0 1 1 55.6% 0/0
B.Nagle ATL -82 -99 -81.3% -96.0% 17 39 -17 1 0 1 1 46.2% 0/0
G.Torretta SEA -88 -91 -95.4% -98.3% 19 24 -36 1 0 0 1 31.3% 1/30
B.Musgrave DEN -95 -135 -37.3% -48.5% 57 240 163 0 0 2 2 59.6% 0/0
D.Nussmeier NO -127 -62 -50.1% -30.2% 52 254 90 1 1 1 1 57.1% 0/0
S.Walsh STL -144 -189 -39.5% -48.5% 81 307 212 0 1 0 5 44.0% 1/8
D.Kanell NYG -180 -135 -54.0% -43.4% 68 178 93 1 2 0 1 38.3% 2/37
K.Stewart PIT -208 -220 -104.1% -109.5% 35 52 -103 0 0 0 2 40.0% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Blake CIN 129 1 119 2 36.9% 7 33.0% 50 331 491 2 0
S.Young SF 115 2 123 1 37.5% 6 40.9% 42 319 438 4 0
J.Elway DEN 110 3 103 3 42.9% 4 39.4% 36 260 404 4 0
S.McNair HOIL 86 4 85 4 40.8% 5 40.2% 27 171 320 2 1
M.Brunell JAC 82 5 73 5 12.4% 16 9.7% 60 410 433 3 2
V.Testaverde BAL 79 6 72 6 52.4% 3 47.4% 23 197 273 2 0
R.Mirer SEA 57 7 51 7 23.5% 11 19.5% 30 194 251 2 0
S.Mitchell DET 50 8 51 8 15.2% 14 15.4% 28 91 251 4 0
B.Johnson MIN 40 9 39 10 13.2% 15 12.7% 24 100 206 1 0
B.Esiason ARI 39 10 41 9 63.1% 1 66.4% 9 57 126 1 0
B.Favre GB 37 11 37 13 4.4% 18 4.3% 37 145 255 2 0
R.Gannon KC 35 12 37 12 57.8% 2 62.3% 12 81 121 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Krieg CHI 29 13 30 14 23.8% 10 24.3% 10 14 128 1 0
J.Kelly BUF 27 14 38 11 17.7% 13 28.7% 13 72 131 2 0
C.Chandler HOIL 27 15 27 16 18.5% 12 18.1% 18 120 128 0 0
E.Grbac SF 25 16 29 15 29.6% 9 35.9% 10 36 103 2 0
B.Hebert ATL 24 17 23 17 30.6% 8 28.1% 10 63 99 1 0
J.Harbaugh IND 22 18 22 18 -1.1% 20 -1.0% 37 204 199 1 0
K.Graham ARI 17 19 22 19 7.1% 17 13.1% 16 95 100 0 1
T.Aikman DAL 17 20 18 20 2.9% 19 4.3% 18 54 120 1 1
J.Hostetler OAK 16 21 16 21 -1.6% 21 -1.6% 31 183 152 1 2
K.Stewart PIT 11 22 2 25 -7.9% 24 -11.3% 38 179 207 5 1
T.Banks STL 10 23 6 23 -7.2% 23 -9.4% 40 230 179 0 1
S.Bono KC 4 24 3 24 -2.6% 22 -4.1% 8 47 41 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
D.Brown NYG 2 25 10 22 -11.1% 25 -6.0% 35 183 127 0 0
T.Detmer PHI -1 26 -2 26 -13.3% 26 -14.3% 20 71 76 1 1
F.Reich NYJ -12 27 -13 27 -36.8% 30 -39.7% 8 21 7 0 1
J.Everett NO -16 28 -19 30 -39.8% 33 -43.7% 9 13 5 0 0
D.Bledsoe NE -17 29 -21 32 -32.4% 29 -37.0% 13 38 21 0 1
T.Collins BUF -18 30 -18 29 -38.9% 32 -38.1% 13 56 7 0 1
J.Brohm SF -19 31 -20 31 -55.1% 35 -56.6% 8 52 -12 0 1
S.Humphries SD -20 32 -23 34 -32.1% 28 -34.4% 15 31 27 0 1
R.Peete PHI -23 33 -15 28 -37.4% 31 -28.2% 14 41 13 1 1
T.Dilfer TB -28 34 -23 33 -29.5% 27 -26.2% 27 122 52 0 2
D.Majkowski DET -38 35 -39 35 -79.6% 36 -81.0% 11 35 -47 0 2
K.Collins CAR -53 36 -54 36 -48.0% 34 -49.1% 20 61 -16 0 2