Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2005

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, 46 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
P.Manning IND 1,636 1 1,814 1 41.7% 1 47.4% 470 3,645 4,721 28 2 1 10 67.5% 5/44
C.Palmer CIN 1,541 2 1,519 2 33.4% 3 32.7% 530 3,696 4,887 32 3 2 12 68.0% 7/125
T.Brady NE 1,405 3 1,261 5 28.6% 5 24.5% 555 3,918 4,759 26 1 3 14 63.3% 5/133
M.Hasselbeck SEA 1,357 4 1,471 3 32.2% 4 35.9% 472 3,268 4,366 24 2 2 9 66.1% 10/187
T.Green KC 1,269 5 1,299 4 25.9% 7 26.7% 541 3,806 4,485 17 3 4 10 63.2% 10/167
J.Plummer DEN 1,186 6 1,154 6 27.1% 6 26.0% 477 3,223 4,132 18 2 1 7 61.0% 4/21
B.Roethlisberger PIT 885 7 918 7 35.8% 2 37.5% 292 2,249 2,723 17 1 1 9 62.7% 6/121
D.Brees SD 883 8 774 8 15.2% 9 11.9% 526 3,337 3,902 24 3 5 14 65.3% 4/68
E.Manning NYG 632 9 610 11 6.0% 17 5.4% 585 3,573 3,840 24 6 2 17 52.9% 10/255
B.Favre GB 606 10 493 17 3.6% 19 0.9% 630 3,675 4,122 20 3 6 25 61.6% 11/276
J.Delhomme CAR 600 11 580 12 8.7% 14 8.1% 463 3,207 3,251 24 5 6 16 60.2% 10/174
S.McNair TEN 585 12 648 9 7.1% 16 9.1% 494 3,037 3,410 16 2 4 11 62.4% 4/20
B.Leftwich JAC 583 13 565 14 18.1% 8 17.2% 324 2,002 2,389 15 4 3 5 58.5% 3/38
D.McNabb PHI 564 14 538 15 11.9% 12 10.8% 378 2,375 2,737 16 4 3 9 59.4% 3/50
M.Brunell WAS 520 15 510 16 5.7% 18 5.3% 483 2,799 3,202 23 2 6 10 58.3% 7/150
M.Bulger STL 497 16 611 10 14.1% 10 19.9% 314 2,095 2,243 14 2 2 9 66.8% 3/105
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
K.Warner ARI 480 17 571 13 8.2% 15 11.9% 399 2,559 2,653 11 3 5 9 65.2% 3/31
D.Bledsoe DAL 479 18 487 18 3.0% 20 3.2% 547 3,317 3,377 23 7 7 15 61.1% 7/62
B.Johnson MIN 441 19 384 19 11.8% 13 8.8% 313 1,750 2,153 12 2 3 4 63.5% 6/85
K.Collins OAK 380 20 351 21 -1.1% 22 -1.9% 607 3,463 3,576 20 9 4 11 53.7% 6/89
D.Garrard JAC 278 21 372 20 12.9% 11 21.1% 177 1,082 1,308 4 3 0 1 58.6% 2/54
C.Simms TB 146 22 147 25 -4.3% 23 -4.2% 340 1,792 1,914 10 2 4 6 62.0% 2/34
J.Martin STL 143 23 159 24 1.2% 21 2.5% 188 1,190 1,131 5 1 1 7 70.5% 1/42
A.Brooks NO 141 24 220 22 -6.2% 24 -3.4% 461 2,624 2,488 13 2 2 16 56.7% 2/26
T.Dilfer CLE 91 25 74 27 -7.3% 26 -8.0% 358 2,163 2,013 11 2 5 11 60.1% 3/28
J.McCown ARI 85 26 97 26 -6.6% 25 -5.9% 291 1,745 1,610 9 1 2 10 61.6% 3/45
G.Frerotte MIA 76 27 174 23 -8.8% 27 -5.9% 519 2,811 2,765 18 7 4 13 52.6% 4/68
M.Vick ATL 36 28 -37 31 -9.8% 29 -12.5% 422 2,220 2,218 15 5 3 13 55.4% 2/90
K.Boller BAL 35 29 -12 29 -9.3% 28 -11.8% 314 1,629 1,578 11 4 1 11 59.2% 1/17
J.Garcia DET -17 30 -26 30 -12.6% 30 -13.3% 180 885 919 3 1 0 6 59.3% 1/23
B.Griese TB -18 31 0 28 -12.7% 31 -11.2% 185 1,061 908 7 1 1 7 64.7% 2/15
A.Wright BAL -71 32 -105 33 -15.3% 33 -17.3% 282 1,427 1,276 6 3 1 8 62.8% 2/31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Fitzpatrick STL -78 33 -50 32 -19.5% 35 -16.6% 146 725 637 4 1 1 7 56.3% 2/71
J.Harrington DET -93 34 -195 38 -15.2% 32 -19.6% 355 1,876 1,718 12 3 4 11 57.4% 2/7
K.Holcomb BUF -114 35 -110 34 -18.0% 34 -17.7% 252 1,354 1,193 10 6 4 8 68.0% 3/24
C.Frye CLE -119 36 -170 36 -21.4% 36 -25.8% 185 864 781 4 2 4 5 60.5% 0/0
T.Rattay SF -131 37 -141 35 -30.1% 40 -31.6% 107 604 377 5 1 2 6 58.3% 1/18
V.Testaverde NYJ -169 38 -175 37 -33.0% 41 -33.8% 121 677 396 1 0 6 6 56.6% 2/59
D.Culpepper MIN -210 39 -252 41 -24.8% 37 -27.5% 249 1,377 962 6 2 3 12 64.7% 2/24
T.Bouman NO -219 40 -241 40 -36.2% 44 -38.7% 130 666 404 2 1 3 6 55.7% 1/27
B.Bollinger NYJ -279 41 -206 39 -25.5% 38 -21.7% 301 1,352 1,186 7 2 1 6 57.0% 4/74
M.McMahon PHI -324 42 -329 42 -33.6% 43 -34.0% 227 1,046 718 5 4 2 8 45.9% 6/97
J.P.Losman BUF -451 43 -384 43 -41.5% 45 -37.0% 249 1,119 587 8 3 3 8 50.9% 3/59
D.Carr HOU -565 44 -599 44 -29.2% 39 -30.3% 491 2,048 1,744 14 10 6 11 61.4% 1/29
K.Orton CHI -585 45 -612 45 -33.5% 42 -34.5% 402 1,650 1,313 9 6 4 13 51.9% 10/155
A.Smith SF -866 46 -887 46 -88.6% 46 -90.4% 194 696 -275 1 8 2 11 51.2% 1/24

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Sorgi IND 139 132 22.2% 20.6% 64 428 523 3 0 1 1 68.9% 0/0
M.Schaub ATL 103 154 12.7% 24.5% 69 468 498 4 0 1 0 52.4% 1/4
C.Batch PIT 94 104 26.8% 30.9% 36 240 326 1 0 0 1 65.7% 1/26
J.Fiedler NYJ 48 42 46.3% 38.6% 14 102 134 1 1 0 0 61.5% 0/0
P.Ramsey WAS 34 19 10.0% 0.4% 29 257 188 1 1 1 1 60.0% 0/0
S.Rosenfels MIA 32 26 -3.0% -4.6% 61 445 363 4 1 0 3 57.6% 0/0
Q.Gray JAC 31 49 26.9% 49.0% 15 91 108 2 0 1 0 57.1% 0/0
C.Weinke CAR 30 32 24.1% 26.2% 13 64 109 1 0 0 0 53.8% 0/0
M.Cassel NE 17 16 -1.3% -1.6% 25 179 158 2 1 1 1 56.5% 1/13
R.Grossman CHI 16 21 -4.7% -2.6% 40 250 218 1 0 0 2 51.3% 0/0
D.Flutie NE -12 -18 -32.0% -42.3% 11 20 30 0 0 0 0 50.0% 0/0
D.Orlovsky DET -27 -33 -35.9% -41.3% 18 62 51 0 0 1 0 41.2% 0/0
M.Mauck TEN -34 -52 -30.9% -41.8% 28 128 92 0 0 0 1 55.6% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Navarre ARI -43 -7 -37.6% -15.7% 28 147 72 1 0 0 1 58.3% 0/0
M.Tuiasosopo OAK -43 -66 -33.3% -44.9% 32 83 98 1 0 2 1 53.8% 2/44
S.Wallace SEA -48 -34 -38.3% -30.4% 30 149 77 1 2 0 1 52.0% 0/0
T.Banks HOU -48 -14 -39.1% -19.1% 25 173 73 1 0 0 2 56.0% 0/0
P.Rivers SD -68 -83 -52.7% -62.3% 25 99 39 0 1 1 1 54.5% 0/0
C.Pennington NYJ -98 -130 -28.1% -33.5% 94 455 335 2 5 2 3 59.0% 2/51
K.Dorsey SF -101 -41 -28.7% -18.3% 95 450 324 2 1 1 2 53.9% 1/40
T.Maddox PIT -105 -144 -32.8% -40.9% 80 348 261 2 0 2 4 47.9% 3/51
B.Volek TEN -115 -162 -29.6% -37.1% 97 417 346 4 1 2 2 57.5% 0/0
J.Kitna CIN -129 -138 -76.1% -80.6% 31 89 -16 0 0 0 2 58.6% 0/0
A.Rodgers GB -132 -139 -116.7% -122.4% 19 40 -79 0 0 2 1 56.3% 0/0
C.Pickett SF -166 -175 -96.8% -101.4% 39 118 -52 0 1 0 2 40.0% 1/6
K.Detmer PHI -204 -204 -69.5% -69.8% 59 223 4 0 0 2 3 57.1% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 40 players ranked

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Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Vick ATL 168 1 158 1 22.7% 8 21.3% 85 612 727 6 3
A.Brooks NO 96 2 103 2 36.7% 3 40.2% 39 285 366 2 0
D.Culpepper MIN 56 3 55 5 39.1% 2 39.3% 20 150 205 1 0
D.Garrard JAC 55 4 63 3 34.4% 4 36.3% 24 182 236 3 1
J.Plummer DEN 54 5 48 6 20.7% 11 16.6% 28 170 248 2 1
D.Carr HOU 51 6 61 4 6.9% 15 11.4% 51 311 302 1 1
T.Brady NE 42 7 46 7 12.6% 13 18.2% 22 92 196 1 0
M.Hasselbeck SEA 38 8 40 8 21.3% 10 23.5% 20 139 170 1 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT 38 9 35 10 23.5% 7 22.2% 18 82 155 3 0
S.McNair TEN 36 10 38 9 9.8% 14 15.4% 23 147 171 1 0
B.Leftwich JAC 33 11 27 13 15.5% 12 12.2% 20 78 154 2 0
B.Van Pelt DEN 32 12 28 12 56.7% 1 46.0% 8 50 112 1 0
A.Wright BAL 32 13 31 11 28.5% 5 27.7% 12 73 129 0 0
E.Manning NYG 26 14 23 15 25.4% 6 19.2% 15 98 119 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.P.Losman BUF 24 15 24 14 4.4% 17 5.6% 25 159 148 0 0
D.Brees SD 17 16 10 18 5.1% 16 -2.2% 16 54 110 1 0
K.Collins OAK 15 17 13 16 21.6% 9 14.8% 9 43 73 1 0
G.Frerotte MIA 12 18 11 17 4.0% 18 1.3% 16 73 87 0 0
T.Green KC 9 19 9 19 -3.6% 20 -3.6% 18 93 98 0 1
C.Palmer CIN 9 20 7 22 -5.3% 21 -5.1% 17 57 84 1 0
M.McMahon PHI 7 21 6 23 -11.6% 26 -8.2% 26 123 106 3 1
R.Fitzpatrick STL 7 22 8 20 -0.4% 19 0.5% 12 64 65 2 1
B.Bollinger NYJ 7 23 7 21 -8.1% 23 -8.2% 30 137 142 0 0
C.Frye CLE 5 24 4 25 -6.0% 22 -7.3% 14 62 64 1 1
C.Simms TB 0 25 4 24 -10.6% 25 -4.1% 9 39 36 0 0
J.Garcia DET 0 26 2 26 -10.2% 24 -9.6% 13 54 60 1 0
D.McNabb PHI -2 27 -3 27 -13.1% 27 -15.7% 14 62 56 1 1
B.Favre GB -3 28 -4 28 -20.6% 29 -20.9% 9 63 22 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Harrington DET -8 29 -19 35 -21.9% 30 -32.1% 21 83 49 0 0
J.McCown ARI -11 30 -18 32 -19.8% 28 -23.7% 28 141 85 0 2
D.Bledsoe DAL -14 31 -19 34 -23.8% 31 -29.0% 19 59 51 2 2
C.Pickett SF -15 32 -18 31 -37.9% 36 -45.2% 10 43 7 0 1
K.Holcomb BUF -15 33 -13 29 -34.9% 34 -30.5% 10 11 14 1 1
J.Delhomme CAR -16 34 -17 30 -40.1% 37 -43.0% 11 43 2 1 1
K.Boller BAL -19 35 -18 33 -31.5% 33 -27.2% 21 65 33 1 1
M.Brunell WAS -21 36 -25 36 -25.6% 32 -29.6% 26 124 62 0 2
A.Smith SF -29 37 -26 37 -37.0% 35 -35.9% 27 103 16 0 1
K.Orton CHI -31 38 -32 38 -96.6% 40 -99.5% 9 50 -46 0 2
P.Manning IND -38 39 -33 39 -55.6% 38 -49.1% 14 61 -26 0 2
T.Dilfer CLE -43 40 -42 40 -84.8% 39 -83.4% 12 46 -57 0 2