Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2006

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 2,317 1 2,293 1 51.3% 1 50.6% 567 4,305 6,144 31 1 1 9 65.5% 4/76
D.Brees NO 1,409 2 1,483 2 25.6% 2 27.6% 572 4,320 5,002 26 2 2 11 64.7% 4/35
C.Palmer CIN 1,187 3 1,008 4 21.6% 4 16.7% 554 3,787 4,531 28 8 7 12 62.8% 7/141
M.Bulger STL 1,145 4 1,275 3 16.7% 11 19.9% 631 3,921 4,874 24 2 3 7 63.9% 8/189
T.Brady NE 999 5 948 5 17.0% 10 15.5% 544 3,348 4,222 24 8 3 12 62.2% 7/174
P.Rivers SD 891 6 931 6 17.4% 9 18.7% 490 3,203 3,724 22 4 2 9 62.4% 5/74
C.Pennington NYJ 739 7 593 11 10.1% 13 5.9% 516 3,207 3,810 17 3 4 15 65.8% 9/134
T.Romo DAL 696 8 820 7 18.9% 5 24.3% 360 2,761 2,810 19 4 3 13 65.3% 2/32
D.McNabb PHI 656 9 747 8 18.6% 6 22.7% 337 2,506 2,671 18 1 1 5 57.5% 2/34
B.Roethlisberger PIT 623 10 441 14 8.2% 15 2.6% 514 3,281 3,443 18 2 2 21 60.6% 4/55
S.McNair BAL 622 11 656 9 9.2% 14 10.4% 478 2,925 3,302 16 5 1 12 64.3% 4/48
D.Huard KC 583 12 652 10 24.3% 3 28.4% 262 1,747 2,119 11 3 3 1 60.9% 4/51
E.Manning NYG 529 13 479 12 4.1% 16 2.7% 544 3,036 3,513 24 6 1 17 58.2% 4/89
J.Kitna DET 440 14 367 17 -0.6% 18 -2.3% 657 3,814 3,982 21 1 7 21 62.7% 7/115
B.Favre GB 394 15 467 13 -1.5% 21 0.3% 632 3,748 3,824 18 1 4 18 56.1% 5/53
M.Brunell WAS 373 16 354 18 10.8% 12 9.7% 276 1,709 1,877 8 2 1 4 63.2% 1/29
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Garcia PHI 364 17 369 16 17.7% 7 18.1% 195 1,273 1,510 10 3 2 2 61.7% 0/0
J.Delhomme CAR 300 18 417 15 -1.0% 19 3.0% 453 2,610 2,782 17 2 4 11 61.3% 6/67
M.Leinart ARI 277 19 247 19 0.0% 17 -1.2% 397 2,378 2,374 11 6 2 11 58.1% 6/101
T.Rattay TB 205 20 164 21 17.5% 8 11.8% 108 731 854 4 1 1 2 61.2% 0/0
J.Campbell WAS 135 21 152 23 -1.1% 20 0.2% 214 1,242 1,263 10 1 0 6 53.4% 0/0
T.Green KC 116 22 -18 32 -2.9% 22 -12.4% 222 1,210 1,294 7 1 3 9 61.1% 0/0
V.Young TEN 114 23 18 28 -6.3% 25 -10.4% 379 2,064 2,032 13 4 1 12 52.5% 4/122
D.Garrard JAC 111 24 110 26 -4.6% 24 -4.6% 261 1,613 1,519 10 1 1 9 60.2% 0/0
D.Carr HOU 92 25 -43 33 -8.2% 27 -12.5% 484 2,483 2,677 11 8 6 12 68.9% 4/74
K.Warner ARI 76 26 153 22 -4.5% 23 2.2% 184 1,249 1,025 6 5 3 5 64.7% 2/28
J.Plummer DEN 67 27 -1 30 -8.1% 26 -11.2% 335 1,878 1,845 11 3 2 13 55.4% 3/54
J.P.Losman BUF 65 28 -11 31 -9.0% 28 -11.5% 478 2,695 2,543 19 4 6 13 62.9% 4/104
R.Grossman CHI 44 29 202 20 -9.8% 29 -5.0% 503 3,052 2,706 23 2 5 20 54.7% 9/169
M.Hasselbeck SEA 15 30 112 25 -10.6% 31 -6.7% 402 2,220 2,045 18 0 2 15 57.1% 4/74
B.Leftwich JAC 13 31 137 24 -10.1% 30 -0.2% 193 1,106 1,020 7 1 0 5 59.0% 1/7
D.Bledsoe DAL 0 32 16 29 -11.1% 32 -9.7% 185 1,038 922 7 1 1 8 53.9% 5/138
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Cutler DEN -15 33 67 27 -12.7% 33 -4.4% 151 913 779 9 3 1 5 59.1% 5/48
D.Anderson CLE -94 34 -119 36 -22.8% 39 -25.9% 124 730 517 5 1 0 8 56.9% 0/0
J.Harrington MIA -97 35 -236 42 -14.9% 34 -20.2% 401 2,102 1,965 12 3 0 15 58.1% 2/24
C.Weinke CAR -100 36 -103 35 -25.7% 41 -26.2% 106 570 417 2 1 0 4 58.3% 0/0
D.Culpepper MIA -111 37 -79 34 -23.3% 40 -19.8% 154 785 582 2 3 0 3 60.9% 0/0
A.Smith SF -147 38 -140 38 -16.0% 35 -15.8% 477 2,694 2,233 16 5 2 16 59.0% 1/27
C.Simms TB -150 39 -211 41 -31.9% 44 -40.4% 109 553 377 1 0 0 7 55.2% 1/18
S.Wallace SEA -163 40 -128 37 -28.1% 42 -24.5% 156 851 551 8 1 3 7 58.2% 1/13
B.Johnson MIN -211 41 -196 40 -18.1% 36 -17.6% 466 2,529 2,147 9 5 3 15 62.6% 3/32
C.Frye CLE -222 42 -250 43 -18.9% 37 -19.9% 436 2,182 1,998 10 1 5 15 64.7% 8/66
M.Vick ATL -260 43 -151 39 -20.4% 38 -16.5% 433 2,150 1,909 20 4 1 11 52.7% 4/97
A.Brooks OAK -365 44 -266 44 -37.8% 45 -30.6% 219 926 611 3 1 3 7 57.9% 2/30
B.Gradkowski TB -452 45 -446 45 -31.5% 43 -31.2% 352 1,508 1,169 9 3 4 9 54.5% 1/4
A.Walter OAK -669 46 -628 46 -46.2% 46 -44.1% 326 1,399 631 3 3 8 11 53.5% 3/17

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Batch PIT 276 260 64.1% 59.7% 56 479 670 5 0 0 0 58.5% 1/23
S.Rosenfels HOU 159 157 47.9% 47.1% 40 268 433 3 0 0 1 69.2% 0/0
A.J.Feeley PHI 154 154 51.5% 51.1% 39 321 410 3 0 1 0 70.3% 1/15
K.Boller BAL 118 96 19.9% 14.0% 60 457 466 5 1 1 2 60.0% 0/0
M.Schaub ATL 95 74 47.3% 34.1% 29 200 263 1 0 0 1 66.7% 0/0
C.Lemon MIA 73 69 4.9% 3.9% 70 388 467 2 0 0 1 58.5% 0/0
Q.Gray JAC 51 60 27.1% 34.4% 23 155 175 0 0 0 0 59.1% 1/7
B.Bollinger MIN 28 3 8.0% -8.9% 24 104 155 0 0 0 0 72.2% 0/0
B.Basanez CAR 24 27 23.3% 28.0% 11 56 89 0 0 0 0 54.5% 0/0
M.Cassel NE -53 -49 -91.9% -86.2% 11 15 -19 0 0 1 0 62.5% 0/0
A.Rodgers GB -54 -68 -59.3% -71.9% 18 28 17 0 0 1 0 40.0% 1/22
M.Tuiasosopo OAK -82 -70 -100.2% -87.8% 13 68 -37 1 0 0 2 46.2% 0/0
J.Martin NO -82 -101 -56.9% -67.6% 29 185 33 1 2 1 1 66.7% 0/0
B.Griese CHI -88 -90 -54.4% -55.3% 35 198 44 1 0 0 2 56.3% 0/0
K.Collins TEN -208 -205 -46.3% -45.8% 94 514 193 1 0 0 6 47.2% 0/0
T.Jackson MIN -237 -234 -52.7% -52.0% 88 437 137 2 2 1 4 58.8% 1/32

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 37 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Vick ATL 261 1 271 1 35.2% 4 34.0% 119 1,038 1,038 2 4
D.McNabb PHI 96 2 88 2 57.7% 1 50.9% 24 217 314 3 1
D.Garrard JAC 53 3 63 4 16.5% 8 20.5% 37 260 292 0 1
S.McNair BAL 53 4 59 5 33.2% 5 36.0% 21 135 210 1 1
V.Young TEN 51 5 77 3 1.9% 13 6.2% 75 551 402 7 4
C.Frye CLE 45 6 53 6 6.6% 9 8.6% 40 215 258 3 2
P.Manning IND 40 7 46 7 49.2% 2 48.8% 10 54 149 4 0
M.Hasselbeck SEA 32 8 28 9 36.6% 3 29.9% 14 112 121 0 1
J.Campbell WAS 27 9 28 8 20.3% 7 16.6% 17 114 125 0 0
C.Pennington NYJ 24 10 22 13 4.7% 10 4.3% 24 119 153 0 0
S.Wallace SEA 19 11 24 12 28.0% 6 32.7% 10 123 81 0 1
T.Brady NE 19 12 25 11 1.1% 14 -0.2% 26 121 156 0 1
T.Romo DAL 14 13 13 17 -0.2% 15 -1.8% 21 109 117 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Garcia PHI 14 14 15 15 4.5% 11 1.3% 15 87 104 0 1
B.Roethlisberger PIT 13 15 11 19 -3.5% 16 -9.0% 23 105 132 2 1
D.Carr HOU 13 16 26 10 -4.9% 19 -2.9% 40 212 199 2 2
M.Leinart ARI 13 17 15 14 2.6% 12 2.7% 14 63 85 2 0
B.Johnson MIN 9 18 6 22 -6.3% 20 -10.5% 21 83 104 1 1
J.Plummer DEN 9 19 13 16 -4.8% 18 -2.3% 20 123 109 1 2
B.Gradkowski TB 6 20 9 20 -7.2% 21 -9.5% 35 167 152 0 2
T.Jackson MIN 6 21 12 18 -4.7% 17 2.6% 15 77 67 1 0
J.Kitna DET 2 22 -1 27 -10.5% 23 -13.3% 28 153 90 2 3
T.Green KC 1 23 1 25 -8.6% 22 -10.2% 11 57 48 0 1
A.Smith SF 0 24 1 26 -12.2% 25 -15.3% 32 161 128 2 3
B.Leftwich JAC -1 25 5 23 -13.0% 26 -7.6% 16 49 64 2 1
C.Palmer CIN -1 26 3 24 -11.4% 24 -11.9% 14 47 65 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Brooks OAK -5 27 7 21 -15.1% 27 -8.1% 18 125 64 0 1
K.Boller BAL -16 28 -24 32 -40.2% 31 -52.6% 11 43 4 0 1
E.Manning NYG -17 29 -18 28 -39.0% 30 -41.8% 11 33 6 0 2
J.Harrington MIA -19 30 -22 31 -33.6% 29 -39.5% 12 28 20 0 1
M.Brunell WAS -20 31 -20 30 -54.8% 33 -58.5% 9 31 -13 0 2
B.Favre GB -24 32 -24 33 -54.9% 34 -57.5% 10 30 -15 1 2
J.P.Losman BUF -24 33 -19 29 -27.4% 28 -25.5% 32 135 64 1 3
A.Walter OAK -41 34 -39 34 -101.1% 36 -96.4% 9 30 -64 0 3
P.Rivers SD -45 35 -44 35 -43.0% 32 -44.0% 24 60 1 0 2
D.Brees NO -50 36 -53 36 -73.6% 35 -79.3% 16 57 -59 0 3
J.Cutler DEN -67 37 -66 37 -158.5% 37 -159.3% 9 10 -119 0 4