Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 1998

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/25/2012

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, 49 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Cunningham MIN 1,598 1 1,833 1 45.1% 1 51.4% 446 3,576 4,464 34 1 0 10 60.9% 9/232
V.Testaverde NYJ 1,531 2 1,499 2 42.2% 2 39.0% 442 3,105 4,393 29 4 3 6 61.7% 8/142
S.Young SF 1,433 3 1,399 3 28.4% 6 25.5% 565 3,900 4,882 36 2 6 12 62.8% 8/108
J.Elway DEN 1,185 4 1,136 4 39.2% 3 34.7% 376 2,653 3,512 22 4 1 10 59.2% 3/52
D.Flutie BUF 928 5 950 7 28.3% 7 27.1% 365 2,609 3,148 20 3 0 11 57.9% 7/146
C.Chandler ATL 912 6 966 6 28.7% 5 29.0% 372 2,895 3,085 25 4 2 12 58.1% 5/65
D.Bledsoe NE 881 7 820 10 16.0% 10 12.6% 520 3,328 3,823 20 6 3 14 54.9% 11/174
S.McNair TEN 819 8 899 8 14.1% 13 14.4% 524 3,003 3,725 15 2 2 8 59.6% 5/89
B.Favre GB 812 9 992 5 10.4% 15 12.9% 588 3,988 4,144 31 6 2 23 63.2% 9/177
T.Aikman DAL 781 10 850 9 27.2% 8 28.4% 324 2,222 2,701 12 2 0 5 60.3% 5/60
D.Marino MIA 746 11 804 12 10.4% 16 9.3% 561 3,313 3,819 23 3 4 14 57.9% 10/143
P.Manning IND 696 12 498 13 7.7% 18 0.3% 592 3,616 3,932 26 2 1 28 57.3% 11/150
M.Brunell JAC 635 13 810 11 15.4% 12 20.4% 382 2,428 2,781 20 0 1 8 58.9% 3/35
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.J.Tolliver NO 349 14 342 18 15.6% 11 12.5% 209 1,305 1,530 8 0 2 4 56.4% 3/48
S.Beuerlein CAR 344 15 315 20 2.8% 22 -1.3% 388 2,344 2,464 17 9 2 11 63.5% 3/66
B.Brister DEN 337 16 341 19 29.6% 4 28.5% 139 920 1,125 10 1 0 3 60.5% 0/0
C.Batch DET 325 17 353 16 4.9% 20 5.3% 339 1,921 2,083 11 0 2 5 57.7% 2/25
R.Gannon KC 321 18 413 14 2.3% 23 4.7% 381 2,118 2,360 10 4 3 5 58.5% 7/205
B.Johnson MIN 266 19 249 23 26.9% 9 21.8% 104 718 925 7 0 1 5 65.0% 2/65
E.Kramer CHI 265 20 393 15 4.2% 21 9.0% 259 1,740 1,752 9 0 3 7 60.9% 5/50
J.Garrett DAL 210 21 260 22 8.6% 17 10.7% 170 1,126 1,140 5 1 1 3 58.6% 3/84
N.O'Donnell CIN 200 22 352 17 -3.0% 24 1.4% 374 1,996 2,231 15 2 4 4 62.2% 9/99
T.Green WAS 185 23 273 21 -5.9% 28 -5.8% 557 3,089 3,098 23 7 7 11 54.9% 5/129
R.Johnson BUF 185 24 105 30 10.9% 14 0.4% 139 732 927 8 1 1 3 62.6% 5/50
F.Reich DET 128 25 124 28 6.3% 19 5.0% 115 750 766 5 1 1 4 57.3% 4/54
J.Plummer ARI 108 26 249 24 -8.4% 29 -7.3% 595 3,439 3,282 17 6 5 19 59.7% 13/160
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
W.Moon SEA 99 27 191 25 -5.4% 27 -1.2% 280 1,489 1,510 11 3 4 7 56.4% 4/87
E.Zeier BAL 91 28 190 26 -3.4% 25 3.5% 194 1,177 1,069 4 1 1 2 60.8% 2/58
K.Graham NYG 88 29 130 27 -4.1% 26 -2.6% 216 1,140 1,100 7 2 1 5 52.0% 2/57
K.Detmer PHI 24 30 73 32 -9.0% 30 -7.8% 181 975 945 5 0 0 4 54.2% 2/10
J.Kitna SEA 14 31 119 29 -10.0% 31 -3.2% 187 1,098 975 7 5 1 8 57.3% 4/102
J.Blake CIN 7 32 51 33 -10.1% 32 -4.5% 108 660 538 3 1 0 3 54.8% 3/37
S.Stenstrom CHI -10 33 -50 37 -11.9% 33 -17.4% 216 1,116 1,104 4 3 2 6 57.4% 2/49
G.Foley NYJ -10 34 -36 36 -12.6% 34 -17.2% 114 694 561 4 0 1 6 53.7% 2/65
S.Bono STL -15 35 18 35 -12.8% 35 -10.9% 144 753 698 5 1 3 4 50.7% 1/20
J.Harbaugh BAL -55 36 83 31 -14.0% 37 -8.9% 319 1,686 1,509 12 5 1 10 56.2% 2/47
T.Banks STL -57 37 -103 39 -13.1% 36 -17.0% 454 2,255 2,210 7 7 2 14 59.7% 10/141
T.Dilfer TB -104 38 49 34 -14.7% 38 -11.0% 457 2,507 2,189 21 5 6 15 53.1% 3/63
R.Peete PHI -153 39 -99 38 -28.5% 42 -24.8% 145 664 509 2 0 1 4 55.0% 1/7
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
E.Grbac KC -205 40 -279 43 -27.0% 41 -34.5% 198 1,075 758 5 0 1 12 52.7% 7/127
J.George OAK -212 41 -155 40 -29.3% 43 -26.4% 193 1,018 655 4 4 3 5 55.0% 0/0
K.Collins 2TM -254 42 -302 45 -22.0% 40 -25.8% 381 1,990 1,538 12 6 6 14 49.3% 4/72
D.Wuerffel NO -260 43 -222 42 -42.8% 47 -39.4% 142 564 312 5 1 0 5 52.1% 2/46
K.Stewart PIT -293 44 -156 41 -20.4% 39 -18.3% 491 2,335 2,136 11 1 1 18 55.3% 7/96
D.Kanell NYG -377 45 -289 44 -30.1% 44 -27.3% 321 1,413 1,090 11 2 3 10 53.9% 5/70
D.Hollas OAK -420 46 -385 46 -34.5% 46 -35.1% 296 1,548 867 10 4 3 15 51.9% 2/38
C.Whelihan SD -487 47 -386 47 -34.5% 45 -31.7% 333 1,684 1,018 8 3 3 18 47.3% 4/63
R.Leaf SD -660 48 -662 48 -51.8% 48 -53.5% 269 1,131 411 2 3 4 15 45.9% 3/61
B.Hoying PHI -964 49 -877 49 -68.3% 49 -66.0% 265 763 46 0 5 1 9 51.1% 4/72

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Martin JAC 131 166 36.6% 48.4% 47 345 399 2 0 0 0 60.0% 3/47
B.Hobert NO 71 53 34.9% 21.5% 25 153 221 1 0 0 0 47.8% 0/0
J.Friesz SEA 59 68 10.0% 13.5% 50 402 307 2 0 0 2 59.2% 1/4
S.DeBerg ATL 42 -16 -0.1% -15.9% 66 303 363 3 1 1 1 50.8% 1/12
D.Pederson GB 31 46 8.4% 14.1% 26 119 169 2 0 1 0 58.3% 0/0
D.Huard MIA 30 28 43.7% 36.3% 10 76 85 0 0 0 0 66.7% 0/0
T.Detmer SF 19 35 -3.7% 1.5% 43 292 229 4 0 1 3 63.2% 0/0
D.Krieg TEN 18 36 3.5% 20.1% 23 187 123 0 0 1 0 57.1% 0/0
W.Wilson OAK 17 -3 -8.4% -14.1% 97 507 519 7 0 1 4 59.1% 1/8
E.Kresser CIN 8 1 -4.8% -10.6% 21 164 117 1 0 0 2 47.6% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Graziani ATL 2 -22 -10.1% -24.6% 35 184 176 0 0 0 2 48.5% 0/0
K.Warner STL -8 -14 -21.9% -30.4% 11 39 51 0 0 0 0 36.4% 0/0
S.Mitchell DET -22 -9 -15.2% -14.7% 80 419 399 1 0 0 3 50.7% 0/0
S.Zolak NE -40 -85 -19.4% -31.4% 79 316 337 3 0 1 2 43.2% 0/0
M.Moreno CHI -46 -72 -26.6% -38.6% 46 146 176 1 0 2 0 44.2% 0/0
M.Tomczak PIT -51 -9 -34.3% -18.3% 31 188 108 2 0 2 2 72.4% 1/12
P.Justin CIN -106 -98 -37.0% -35.7% 70 366 185 1 0 0 3 54.0% 1/6
J.Quinn JAC -122 -84 -37.1% -30.0% 71 322 212 2 2 1 3 54.8% 4/126
S.Walsh TB -124 -128 -139.3% -142.1% 20 40 -86 0 0 0 3 50.0% 0/0
G.Frerotte WAS -179 -196 -59.6% -64.9% 66 222 54 1 0 0 3 46.3% 1/10

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.McNair TEN 214 1 204 1 49.2% 5 46.1% 66 573 751 4 1
S.Young SF 174 2 186 2 41.5% 8 45.2% 59 466 643 6 1
K.Stewart PIT 87 3 79 4 11.7% 21 9.9% 62 418 455 2 1
D.Flutie BUF 83 4 87 3 34.5% 10 36.6% 35 258 323 1 0
R.Gannon KC 77 5 75 6 48.2% 6 45.4% 24 190 274 3 1
J.Plummer ARI 64 6 77 5 12.5% 20 16.5% 40 229 349 4 1
K.Graham NYG 59 7 60 9 45.4% 7 50.0% 20 143 199 2 0
B.Brister DEN 59 8 57 10 92.0% 1 85.1% 10 114 186 1 0
T.Dilfer TB 57 9 60 8 19.7% 16 24.2% 28 151 243 2 0
C.Batch DET 57 10 50 13 19.6% 17 15.7% 37 232 263 1 0
C.Chandler ATL 56 11 61 7 27.9% 12 30.7% 23 133 236 2 0
V.Testaverde NYJ 53 12 51 11 64.8% 3 62.7% 13 113 173 1 0
R.Johnson BUF 51 13 51 12 58.5% 4 58.4% 17 140 172 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Favre GB 50 14 48 14 27.9% 11 24.6% 23 147 216 1 0
J.Quinn JAC 45 15 42 17 74.1% 2 72.6% 9 78 137 1 0
T.Banks STL 43 16 45 15 19.9% 15 24.3% 27 168 183 3 1
J.Harbaugh BAL 43 17 40 18 25.3% 13 20.6% 30 174 200 0 0
S.Stenstrom CHI 42 18 39 19 38.3% 9 35.1% 13 82 158 2 1
R.Cunningham MIN 42 19 43 16 21.3% 14 22.7% 21 142 187 1 1
K.Collins CAR 38 20 26 21 7.6% 25 11.8% 23 158 131 1 1
T.Green WAS 25 21 30 20 10.9% 22 12.6% 23 130 152 2 0
D.Bledsoe NE 23 22 23 22 14.6% 18 12.5% 15 56 126 0 0
J.Elway DEN 20 23 17 24 6.2% 26 4.9% 17 115 117 1 2
J.Kitna SEA 17 24 12 26 9.5% 23 5.4% 12 68 85 1 0
J.Blake CIN 16 25 12 27 13.8% 19 4.2% 14 104 98 0 0
T.Aikman DAL 16 26 19 23 8.7% 24 15.1% 12 78 84 2 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Leaf SD 14 27 13 25 3.5% 28 4.6% 15 87 82 0 1
E.Kramer CHI 9 28 11 28 4.5% 27 6.7% 8 20 66 1 0
P.Manning IND 5 29 6 30 -4.3% 30 -3.8% 12 65 62 0 0
D.Wuerffel NO 4 30 7 29 -2.4% 29 3.8% 8 63 43 0 0
B.J.Tolliver NO 2 31 1 31 -5.1% 31 -9.2% 8 44 42 0 1
N.O'Donnell CIN 1 32 1 32 -8.6% 32 -10.3% 9 36 36 0 0
M.Brunell JAC -1 33 0 33 -14.4% 33 -12.0% 39 197 144 0 2
B.Hoying PHI -5 34 -4 34 -21.3% 34 -16.6% 17 89 43 0 1
D.Kanell NYG -20 35 -22 35 -49.3% 35 -51.0% 10 41 -8 0 1
W.Moon SEA -30 36 -33 36 -70.9% 37 -77.8% 11 13 -33 0 1
S.Beuerlein CAR -35 37 -36 37 -76.2% 38 -72.9% 10 34 -45 0 2
C.Whelihan SD -55 38 -54 38 -80.5% 39 -78.0% 14 41 -71 0 3
D.Hollas OAK -66 39 -65 39 -56.3% 36 -55.0% 27 122 -46 1 3