Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2004

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 8/28/2012

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, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Manning IND 2,434 1 2,454 1 58.9% 1 59.5% 510 4,451 6,109 49 4 1 10 67.9% 10/157
D.Culpepper MIN 1,877 2 1,929 2 35.1% 2 36.4% 595 4,446 5,795 39 5 2 11 69.4% 8/202
T.Green KC 1,417 3 1,332 5 26.4% 7 24.1% 587 4,348 4,969 27 6 4 16 66.7% 5/75
T.Brady NE 1,345 4 1,235 6 31.6% 4 28.2% 499 3,522 4,350 28 2 4 13 61.0% 4/96
B.Favre GB 1,284 5 1,364 3 24.5% 8 26.7% 549 3,981 4,656 30 3 1 17 64.7% 6/79
D.McNabb PHI 1,274 6 1,346 4 27.5% 6 29.6% 501 3,666 4,392 31 2 4 8 64.1% 6/151
D.Brees SD 1,135 7 1,183 7 31.4% 5 33.2% 420 3,027 3,696 27 5 2 7 65.7% 6/139
J.Plummer DEN 962 8 981 8 16.6% 12 17.2% 537 3,954 4,119 27 2 0 20 58.7% 10/207
M.Bulger STL 961 9 942 9 18.3% 11 17.7% 523 3,672 3,950 21 1 4 14 66.6% 4/70
C.Pennington NYJ 918 10 765 12 24.4% 9 18.5% 390 2,561 3,339 16 3 1 9 65.7% 4/76
B.Roethlisberger PIT 908 11 843 10 31.7% 3 28.7% 326 2,393 2,942 17 0 2 10 67.2% 5/82
B.Griese TB 706 12 725 13 18.9% 10 19.7% 361 2,450 2,855 20 3 1 11 70.2% 6/67
J.Delhomme CAR 572 13 777 11 4.6% 14 10.2% 569 3,612 3,709 29 7 5 15 58.3% 6/97
M.Hasselbeck SEA 494 14 658 14 3.5% 15 8.3% 502 3,195 3,395 22 1 2 15 59.4% 7/114
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Leftwich JAC 479 15 472 15 5.1% 13 4.9% 466 2,831 3,019 15 3 2 10 60.5% 6/125
V.Testaverde DAL 441 16 464 16 2.0% 17 2.7% 528 3,308 3,297 17 3 4 20 60.9% 8/195
C.Palmer CIN 393 17 206 18 2.6% 16 -4.0% 453 2,682 2,845 18 0 2 18 62.5% 3/84
D.Carr HOU 257 18 329 17 -3.2% 18 -1.0% 519 3,219 2,954 16 8 2 14 62.2% 1/8
K.Collins OAK 216 19 150 20 -4.9% 19 -6.8% 541 3,309 3,096 21 4 3 20 56.4% 6/108
D.Bledsoe BUF 120 20 99 22 -7.2% 20 -7.9% 481 2,662 2,612 20 4 4 15 58.3% 3/55
B.Volek TEN 94 21 181 19 -7.5% 21 -4.1% 383 2,252 2,202 18 3 3 10 61.9% 5/115
J.Harrington DET 40 22 120 21 -9.9% 23 -7.5% 521 2,843 2,750 19 3 3 12 56.6% 5/78
S.McNair TEN 22 23 5 25 -9.8% 22 -10.9% 229 1,230 1,319 8 2 2 9 60.6% 4/47
A.Brooks NO -2 24 89 23 -11.2% 24 -8.7% 590 3,506 2,963 21 11 2 15 57.3% 5/87
J.Kitna CIN -9 25 -65 27 -12.5% 26 -20.6% 111 580 544 5 1 1 4 58.7% 0/0
K.Warner NYG -20 26 50 24 -12.1% 25 -8.7% 318 1,861 1,596 6 8 4 4 63.0% 1/38
J.Garcia CLE -26 27 -128 30 -12.8% 27 -19.0% 278 1,606 1,271 10 3 6 8 57.8% 2/35
B.Johnson TB -60 28 -55 26 -19.4% 31 -18.8% 111 618 499 3 1 1 3 63.1% 2/10
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
K.Boller BAL -108 29 -182 32 -14.6% 28 -17.0% 492 2,328 2,362 13 3 6 10 56.7% 4/49
T.Rattay SF -161 30 -173 31 -18.2% 30 -18.7% 362 1,947 1,602 10 5 6 10 61.1% 1/32
J.McCown ARI -187 31 -68 28 -17.8% 29 -13.6% 442 2,242 2,027 11 7 4 9 57.6% 4/68
E.Manning NYG -191 32 -257 34 -25.4% 33 -30.4% 208 946 818 6 2 1 9 49.2% 2/84
P.Ramsey WAS -196 33 -108 29 -21.8% 32 -17.0% 294 1,523 1,219 10 5 1 10 62.4% 3/32
K.Dorsey SF -230 34 -311 37 -26.4% 34 -31.8% 240 1,121 897 6 2 3 9 54.7% 2/39
L.McCown CLE -254 35 -354 38 -50.5% 40 -66.0% 112 474 172 4 2 0 7 49.0% 1/5
M.Brunell WAS -281 36 -235 33 -28.6% 35 -25.7% 255 1,075 917 7 3 3 6 50.0% 0/0
J.Quinn CHI -298 37 -303 36 -54.9% 41 -55.6% 113 318 143 1 2 0 3 52.0% 1/12
C.Hutchinson CHI -368 38 -302 35 -44.6% 38 -38.6% 187 741 399 4 4 3 3 57.1% 0/0
A.J.Feeley MIA -424 39 -589 41 -29.1% 36 -36.1% 381 1,722 1,324 11 5 5 15 54.4% 4/66
J.Fiedler MIA -499 40 -502 40 -48.2% 39 -48.4% 215 1,021 393 7 4 3 8 53.2% 4/28
M.Vick ATL -510 41 -461 39 -32.7% 37 -30.6% 366 2,031 1,211 14 7 6 11 56.9% 3/31
C.Krenzel CHI -676 42 -591 42 -85.4% 42 -76.0% 151 542 -174 3 1 6 6 46.8% 1/34

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Nall GB 248 238 91.4% 87.1% 35 308 530 4 1 0 0 69.7% 2/54
K.Holcomb CLE 131 116 11.0% 8.4% 92 693 654 7 0 0 5 68.6% 1/13
Q.Carter NYJ 120 78 15.1% 6.0% 70 429 530 3 1 0 1 60.3% 0/0
R.Gannon OAK 115 21 14.8% -6.4% 72 492 501 3 2 1 2 62.1% 0/0
D.Flutie SD 112 140 42.9% 56.5% 38 269 319 1 0 0 0 54.1% 0/0
J.Martin STL 49 38 14.5% 8.9% 32 178 220 0 1 0 0 53.3% 1/15
J.Sorgi IND 43 10 9.5% -6.2% 31 162 226 2 1 0 0 58.6% 0/0
R.Davey NE 19 25 24.2% 34.0% 10 54 70 0 0 0 0 40.0% 0/0
D.Johnson TEN 4 -7 -6.3% -19.2% 13 62 77 0 0 0 0 50.0% 0/0
M.McMahon DET 0 4 -11.1% -7.9% 16 65 87 0 0 0 0 73.3% 0/0
B.Bollinger NYJ -1 -1 -13.3% -13.4% 10 52 46 0 0 0 0 55.6% 0/0
R.Grossman CHI -10 60 -12.9% -0.4% 88 583 437 1 0 2 3 56.6% 0/0
D.Garrard JAC -28 -28 -16.9% -16.9% 78 339 348 2 0 0 1 52.8% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Henson DAL -48 -75 -47.5% -68.1% 20 65 41 1 0 1 1 55.6% 0/0
T.Dilfer SEA -52 -74 -23.9% -29.4% 62 312 256 1 0 0 3 43.1% 1/35
D.Pederson GB -78 -68 -64.6% -57.8% 23 120 11 0 0 0 2 47.8% 1/11
C.Pickett SF -109 -128 -162.8% -188.8% 12 41 -90 0 1 0 2 40.0% 0/0
T.Maddox PIT -110 -148 -37.7% -47.0% 67 272 183 1 0 2 2 51.7% 1/34
S.Rosenfels MIA -146 -205 -68.4% -91.5% 42 244 6 1 2 0 3 41.0% 0/0
J.Blake PHI -147 -136 -70.7% -66.4% 38 109 -1 1 0 1 1 50.0% 0/0
K.Detmer PHI -164 -164 -71.5% -71.6% 42 176 -5 0 0 1 2 46.2% 0/0
S.King ARI -181 -202 -42.4% -46.1% 92 454 220 1 3 1 4 56.6% 0/0
J.Navarre ARI -185 -180 -84.6% -82.5% 41 160 -49 1 0 0 4 45.0% 0/0
C.Simms TB -216 -217 -48.8% -49.0% 84 387 167 1 1 2 3 57.5% 1/9
M.Schaub ATL -257 -221 -64.6% -57.1% 74 315 38 1 1 0 4 47.1% 0/0
C.Chandler STL -338 -307 -88.4% -81.4% 69 406 -107 2 0 1 8 56.5% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Vick ATL 241 1 241 1 29.7% 6 30.1% 106 919 968 3 2
J.Garcia CLE 79 2 74 4 37.3% 5 37.0% 28 175 284 2 0
D.Culpepper MIN 79 3 76 2 6.4% 17 6.3% 70 418 480 2 2
A.Brooks NO 67 4 74 3 21.3% 12 23.6% 40 210 315 4 0
D.Carr HOU 64 5 61 5 9.8% 16 8.8% 55 315 363 0 0
D.McNabb PHI 49 6 44 6 23.2% 9 17.6% 30 231 232 3 2
C.Pennington NYJ 45 7 38 8 19.8% 13 14.3% 24 135 211 1 1
B.Roethlisberger PIT 37 8 37 9 12.5% 15 11.4% 28 173 202 1 0
M.Bulger STL 36 9 42 7 28.5% 7 39.1% 16 92 138 3 0
T.Green KC 35 10 36 10 48.6% 1 45.7% 14 94 133 0 0
D.Brees SD 35 11 34 12 6.0% 18 5.4% 29 104 224 2 0
D.Garrard JAC 33 12 35 11 40.1% 3 43.7% 11 77 121 1 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.McNair TEN 30 13 27 13 15.2% 14 15.0% 19 131 136 1 1
R.Grossman CHI 26 14 27 14 46.3% 2 48.8% 9 50 91 1 0
C.Palmer CIN 24 15 24 15 37.4% 4 38.5% 9 59 91 1 0
K.Boller BAL 21 16 15 18 2.3% 22 -3.1% 37 206 177 1 2
B.Volek TEN 20 17 21 16 25.6% 8 26.9% 9 52 85 1 0
J.Delhomme CAR 14 18 12 21 1.4% 23 0.3% 16 78 103 1 0
T.Rattay SF 14 19 13 19 22.4% 10 21.2% 9 56 62 0 0
M.Hasselbeck SEA 12 20 15 17 3.4% 21 5.1% 15 105 93 1 1
K.Collins OAK 11 21 12 20 22.2% 11 26.4% 8 41 48 0 0
V.Testaverde DAL 9 22 5 24 5.1% 19 -1.5% 11 48 58 1 0
P.Manning IND 9 23 9 23 3.9% 20 7.2% 8 53 52 0 0
J.Harrington DET 6 24 11 22 -7.9% 24 -4.9% 34 185 129 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
T.Brady NE 4 25 4 26 -8.5% 25 -8.6% 16 52 94 0 1
B.Leftwich JAC 2 26 4 25 -9.2% 26 -9.1% 30 156 112 2 0
J.Plummer DEN 1 27 2 27 -12.9% 27 -11.3% 44 223 163 1 2
J.McCown ARI -1 28 2 28 -14.4% 28 -11.0% 26 124 101 2 1
Q.Carter NYJ -4 29 -7 29 -19.4% 29 -28.1% 8 26 23 0 1
J.Fiedler MIA -7 30 -13 32 -22.9% 30 -33.8% 9 62 28 0 1
C.Krenzel CHI -8 31 -10 30 -26.0% 31 -28.3% 11 45 24 0 0
D.Bledsoe BUF -12 32 -10 31 -27.5% 32 -28.2% 11 53 23 0 1
M.Brunell WAS -20 33 -21 33 -43.8% 33 -41.6% 13 64 -1 0 0
B.Griese TB -45 34 -41 34 -76.8% 34 -71.5% 14 26 -55 0 1