Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1997

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
D.Marino MIA 1,212 1 1,166 1 22.8% 7 21.7% 569 3,619 4,525 16 3 4 11 58.5% 13/199
M.Brunell JAC 1,140 2 1,136 3 26.8% 5 28.0% 465 3,074 3,967 18 2 1 7 61.3% 4/133
B.Favre GB 1,117 3 1,144 2 19.4% 9 20.7% 539 3,690 4,464 35 4 3 16 59.4% 13/176
S.Young SF 1,065 4 1,057 4 32.1% 2 33.3% 393 2,755 3,430 19 4 0 6 68.5% 1/39
B.Johnson MIN 971 5 828 8 20.2% 8 16.4% 475 2,872 3,830 20 3 1 12 61.4% 6/119
J.Elway DEN 886 6 953 5 14.4% 10 17.2% 537 3,371 3,998 27 1 7 11 56.7% 13/277
B.Esiason CIN 876 7 874 6 58.0% 1 59.0% 193 1,435 2,211 13 1 0 2 63.4% 4/72
W.Moon SEA 852 8 805 9 13.1% 11 12.1% 560 3,453 3,993 25 4 3 16 59.5% 10/189
D.Bledsoe NE 809 9 838 7 11.5% 13 13.1% 553 3,441 3,978 28 3 1 14 60.4% 7/92
C.Chandler ATL 808 10 665 11 23.7% 6 19.5% 387 2,396 2,969 20 3 5 7 59.2% 4/75
J.George OAK 663 11 733 10 7.8% 15 10.5% 578 3,431 3,712 29 3 3 9 56.3% 8/109
T.Aikman DAL 556 12 469 13 4.4% 19 2.0% 547 2,998 3,632 19 1 4 12 57.0% 12/141
G.Frerotte WAS 544 13 511 12 9.3% 14 9.2% 426 2,515 2,888 17 4 1 12 51.0% 11/167
E.Kramer CHI 474 14 394 15 3.6% 21 1.8% 503 2,864 3,237 14 3 5 14 57.8% 8/117
K.Stewart PIT 451 15 467 14 4.9% 18 6.6% 458 2,873 2,869 21 2 1 17 54.0% 2/29
T.Dilfer TB 449 16 382 17 5.2% 16 3.3% 420 2,322 2,803 21 6 1 11 56.8% 7/184
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Justin IND 373 17 345 18 30.6% 3 28.4% 149 964 1,221 5 0 1 3 59.7% 3/64
S.Mitchell DET 353 18 327 21 -0.7% 25 -0.6% 548 3,165 3,213 19 9 4 13 58.6% 3/27
E.Grbac KC 341 19 383 16 5.1% 17 8.1% 329 1,782 2,153 11 1 0 5 57.9% 4/46
J.Harbaugh IND 311 20 285 23 3.7% 20 3.7% 348 1,752 2,098 10 1 2 4 62.2% 4/64
V.Testaverde BAL 306 21 339 19 -1.6% 27 0.3% 493 2,815 3,008 18 7 3 14 57.8% 5/97
T.Banks STL 292 22 188 28 -2.1% 28 -4.3% 535 2,892 2,983 14 5 5 13 52.2% 7/157
S.McNair TEN 267 23 331 20 -1.5% 26 1.2% 446 2,466 2,595 14 8 4 12 52.6% 7/177
S.Beuerlein CAR 252 24 249 24 13.1% 12 14.5% 169 921 1,188 6 0 1 2 58.6% 4/53
G.Foley NYJ 243 25 301 22 29.3% 4 38.8% 98 671 815 3 0 1 1 59.6% 2/20
R.Gannon KC 172 26 203 25 2.8% 22 6.2% 187 1,047 1,233 7 2 3 3 56.6% 7/127
D.Brown NYG 141 27 126 29 0.6% 23 -0.4% 193 941 1,160 5 0 1 3 52.5% 6/102
J.Blake CIN 130 28 114 30 -5.3% 30 -5.6% 355 1,887 1,973 8 2 4 7 58.4% 6/116
T.Detmer PHI 118 29 90 31 -3.8% 29 -4.7% 262 1,467 1,465 7 5 1 6 55.6% 2/12
E.Zeier BAL 93 30 189 27 0.5% 24 12.9% 134 848 764 7 0 2 1 57.8% 1/32
B.Hoying PHI 80 31 9 34 -6.0% 32 -9.3% 252 1,412 1,361 11 2 5 6 57.1% 2/44
N.O'Donnell NYJ 65 32 190 26 -9.1% 34 -4.6% 504 2,497 2,602 17 3 6 7 56.8% 10/161
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.J.Tolliver 2TM 43 33 13 33 -5.5% 31 -8.2% 132 574 683 5 6 0 1 55.7% 1/15
K.Graham ARI 42 34 75 32 -8.6% 33 -5.8% 265 1,306 1,382 4 1 4 4 52.2% 4/42
D.Kanell NYG -7 35 -41 36 -11.5% 35 -11.9% 315 1,524 1,552 11 2 4 8 53.6% 10/203
R.Peete PHI -12 36 1 35 -12.5% 36 -9.6% 133 782 672 4 3 2 4 59.1% 1/4
J.Hostetler WAS -27 37 -137 38 -13.9% 37 -23.5% 154 851 762 5 1 1 9 54.9% 3/39
B.Hobert 2TM -41 38 -67 37 -15.1% 38 -17.7% 166 972 789 6 2 1 10 49.4% 2/19
J.Plummer ARI -137 39 -212 40 -17.7% 39 -20.8% 346 1,892 1,505 15 1 5 14 53.8% 6/94
D.Wuerffel NO -239 40 -283 42 -47.8% 45 -52.3% 109 402 200 4 1 1 7 46.2% 4/68
S.Humphries SD -255 41 -142 39 -27.4% 42 -19.1% 245 1,332 919 5 2 5 6 54.0% 2/7
A.Van Pelt BUF -275 42 -331 43 -44.2% 44 -49.8% 128 650 296 2 2 1 10 49.2% 5/125
R.Mirer CHI -387 43 -417 44 -60.4% 47 -64.6% 121 329 105 0 2 2 5 51.5% 0/0
K.Collins CAR -393 44 -550 47 -26.0% 41 -31.1% 408 1,896 1,597 11 4 4 20 53.2% 4/46
T.Collins BUF -403 45 -278 41 -25.7% 40 -20.4% 430 2,094 1,678 12 6 2 13 55.1% 8/173
C.Whelihan SD -433 46 -461 45 -37.7% 43 -38.1% 261 1,168 720 6 3 3 10 49.8% 2/19
H.Shuler NO -531 47 -540 46 -51.6% 46 -51.2% 225 1,133 335 2 2 4 14 52.7% 4/43

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Matthews JAC 119 69 35.2% 20.3% 41 272 370 0 0 1 0 65.0% 1/2
R.Johnson JAC 113 109 43.4% 41.3% 34 315 321 2 0 0 1 78.6% 0/0
J.Kitna SEA 78 132 14.3% 30.7% 48 347 351 1 1 0 2 70.5% 0/0
M.Tomczak PIT 66 86 33.0% 46.4% 24 185 209 1 0 0 2 66.7% 0/0
B.Brister DEN 9 12 6.4% 14.0% 9 48 56 0 0 0 0 66.7% 1/7
M.Rypien STL 3 -13 -10.0% -16.3% 40 261 204 0 0 0 2 48.7% 1/6
J.Garrett DAL -13 -26 -24.9% -38.8% 16 38 56 0 0 0 0 71.4% 0/0
W.Wilson DAL -15 -33 -20.5% -29.6% 25 89 112 0 0 0 0 57.1% 2/10
R.Cunningham MIN -23 -94 -15.0% -26.2% 95 446 433 6 3 1 4 50.6% 0/0
C.Erickson MIA -49 -59 -37.8% -41.5% 32 131 81 0 2 0 1 46.4% 0/0
F.Reich DET -49 -67 -37.2% -44.6% 30 121 84 0 0 0 2 36.7% 0/0
S.Bono GB -54 -60 -106.9% -115.0% 11 14 -28 0 0 1 0 50.0% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Stenstrom CHI -73 -77 -74.2% -79.7% 16 51 -6 0 0 1 1 57.1% 1/10
S.Walsh TB -80 -97 -79.1% -91.6% 18 58 -14 0 1 0 1 35.3% 0/0
T.Philcox SD -89 -125 -54.6% -70.2% 35 129 44 0 2 0 1 59.3% 1/10
S.Case ARI -109 -159 -41.5% -54.4% 65 245 142 0 1 2 1 52.7% 0/0
T.Graziani ATL -111 -114 -90.5% -90.9% 24 34 -38 0 0 0 2 30.4% 0/0
J.Friesz SEA -117 -131 -62.7% -66.1% 38 125 23 0 1 0 2 42.9% 0/0
J.Brohm SF -121 -115 -74.0% -71.4% 29 126 -10 0 2 1 1 66.7% 0/0
J.Everett SD -122 -150 -39.8% -43.8% 80 419 185 1 2 0 4 48.0% 0/0
D.Nussmeier NO -219 -215 -104.7% -101.5% 40 144 -108 0 0 1 3 56.3% 0/0
J.Druckenmiller SF -246 -250 -84.1% -84.0% 57 203 -64 1 0 0 4 40.4% 0/0
K.Holcomb IND -368 -339 -77.0% -69.4% 87 371 -51 1 1 3 7 61.6% 2/80

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.McNair TEN 179 1 181 1 23.0% 9 23.4% 87 677 787 8 5
K.Stewart PIT 150 2 151 2 18.6% 10 18.7% 79 486 727 11 3
M.Brunell JAC 94 3 91 3 39.0% 3 37.3% 37 264 352 2 2
E.Grbac KC 85 4 82 5 62.6% 1 60.6% 21 178 280 1 0
J.Blake CIN 83 5 89 4 28.9% 6 31.7% 39 240 341 3 1
R.Gannon KC 57 6 48 9 38.6% 4 30.7% 23 130 215 2 0
T.Dilfer TB 52 7 49 8 47.2% 2 44.3% 17 111 184 1 0
S.Young SF 49 8 58 6 15.8% 12 21.3% 35 212 242 3 0
J.Plummer ARI 47 9 51 7 13.1% 16 15.3% 36 220 244 2 0
B.Johnson MIN 39 10 42 10 14.6% 15 16.8% 24 149 197 0 0
J.Harbaugh IND 33 11 31 13 9.1% 17 7.8% 33 209 188 0 1
N.O'Donnell NYJ 32 12 32 12 28.4% 7 27.8% 16 83 133 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Favre GB 31 13 33 11 2.7% 20 3.7% 36 210 221 1 1
D.Bledsoe NE 29 14 27 15 14.9% 14 12.6% 17 63 147 0 0
R.Cunningham MIN 28 15 28 14 24.9% 8 24.7% 15 137 120 0 0
J.Elway DEN 23 16 20 16 0.2% 22 -1.3% 36 217 191 1 3
W.Moon SEA 18 17 17 18 34.9% 5 32.1% 8 48 70 1 0
T.Detmer PHI 15 18 14 21 17.3% 11 15.7% 9 49 72 1 0
K.Collins CAR 14 19 16 19 6.5% 18 9.1% 14 72 89 1 0
V.Testaverde BAL 14 20 16 20 -1.1% 23 0.6% 24 144 123 0 1
D.Brown NYG 13 21 13 22 15.8% 13 15.2% 9 36 64 1 0
C.Chandler ATL 13 22 17 17 -3.7% 26 -0.7% 29 163 141 0 1
R.Mirer CHI 9 23 7 23 -2.6% 25 -4.8% 15 80 88 1 0
A.Van Pelt BUF 7 24 6 24 4.1% 19 2.9% 8 34 47 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.George OAK 5 25 5 25 1.8% 21 1.4% 9 52 35 0 0
C.Whelihan SD 4 26 -1 28 -2.5% 24 -14.3% 8 32 43 0 0
B.Hoying PHI -1 27 2 26 -13.3% 28 -8.4% 13 82 44 0 0
S.Mitchell DET -1 28 0 27 -13.1% 27 -12.1% 23 81 102 1 2
B.Hobert BUF -9 29 -6 29 -29.0% 31 -23.9% 10 46 18 0 0
E.Kramer CHI -13 30 -10 31 -21.8% 29 -19.2% 22 88 70 2 2
H.Shuler NO -15 31 -14 32 -31.2% 34 -30.1% 13 45 21 1 1
T.Aikman DAL -15 32 -9 30 -26.4% 30 -21.0% 20 79 41 0 1
K.Graham ARI -22 33 -16 33 -30.8% 33 -26.3% 13 23 34 2 0
T.Banks STL -28 34 -30 35 -29.8% 32 -31.0% 32 189 50 1 4
G.Frerotte WAS -30 35 -29 34 -39.7% 35 -38.9% 16 69 9 2 3
T.Collins BUF -48 36 -48 36 -61.6% 36 -62.2% 23 57 -40 0 2