Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2009

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/11/2012

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.

Total QBR (listed as just QBR) is a metric created by the ESPN Stats & Information group. Total QBR is based on the expected points added by the quarterback on each play, then adjusts the numbers to a scale of 0-100. There are five main differences between Total QBR and Football Outsiders' DVOA metric (with further explanation here):

  • Total QBR incorporates information from game charting, such as passes dropped or thrown away on purpose.
  • Total QBR splits responsibility on plays between the quarterback, his receivers, and his blockers. Drops, for example, are more on the receiver, as are yards after the catch, and some sacks are more on the offensive line than others.
  • Total QBR has a clutch factor which adds (or subtracts) value for quarterbacks who perform best (or worst) in high-leverage situations.
  • Total QBR combines passing and rushing value into one number and differentiates between scrambles and planned runs.
  • Total QBR is not adjusted for strength of opponent.

Further information about the table below:

  • 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.

PASSING: Minimum 100 passes, 46 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Brady NE 2,021 1 1,649 6 40.4% 2 30.9% 65.1 11 581 4,314 5,910 28 2 2 13 65.7% 6/133
P.Rivers SD 1,776 2 1,712 3 41.7% 1 39.8% 74.7 3 510 4,093 5,121 28 3 3 9 65.6% 10/164
P.Manning IND 1,771 3 1,849 1 34.0% 5 36.0% 82.9 1 581 4,429 5,560 33 1 0 16 68.8% 10/211
D.Brees NO 1,692 4 1,730 2 36.7% 3 37.8% 79.7 2 533 4,241 5,168 34 2 6 11 70.9% 5/82
B.Favre MIN 1,646 5 1,710 4 34.5% 4 36.3% 66.4 10 564 3,965 5,139 33 0 2 7 69.0% 7/143
M.Schaub HOU 1,624 6 1,685 5 29.3% 6 30.8% 70.3 5 606 4,633 5,442 29 1 1 15 68.6% 2/40
T.Romo DAL 1,432 7 1,333 7 28.0% 7 25.3% 62.9 12 585 4,268 4,896 26 1 4 9 63.6% 7/62
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,227 8 1,298 9 23.2% 8 25.2% 67.3 8 557 3,977 4,544 26 3 3 11 66.7% 6/126
A.Rodgers GB 1,105 9 1,327 8 17.8% 9 23.6% 70.2 6 589 4,114 4,591 30 3 4 7 65.3% 11/148
E.Manning NYG 975 10 845 11 17.3% 10 13.5% 69.8 7 538 3,816 4,075 27 4 6 13 62.5% 3/51
K.Warner ARI 907 11 1,108 10 14.5% 12 20.2% 67.3 9 531 3,585 4,080 27 5 5 12 67.2% 6/111
K.Orton DEN 711 12 743 12 8.4% 18 9.3% 53.2 17 571 3,637 3,889 21 2 2 11 62.4% 7/141
M.Ryan ATL 702 13 458 16 12.4% 15 4.2% 56.6 15 465 2,816 3,347 22 3 2 13 59.1% 5/28
J.Flacco BAL 667 14 731 13 8.4% 17 10.3% 55.0 16 536 3,361 3,663 21 5 2 11 63.6% 6/160
C.Palmer CIN 583 15 626 14 7.8% 19 9.2% 53.1 18 492 2,913 3,270 21 4 2 11 61.3% 6/82
D.McNabb PHI 485 16 518 15 4.5% 20 5.6% 60.0 13 479 3,291 3,137 22 6 3 9 60.5% 6/78
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Henne MIA 449 17 287 18 3.4% 21 -1.8% 51.3 20 476 2,695 3,095 12 4 0 13 61.2% 3/60
V.Young TEN 427 18 393 17 13.9% 14 11.9% 70.3 4 270 1,808 1,945 10 4 0 7 59.1% 1/20
M.Moore CAR 262 19 278 20 17.0% 11 18.8% 59.2 14 148 986 1,095 8 2 0 2 61.6% 1/9
D.Garrard JAC 249 20 279 19 -4.1% 23 -3.3% 52.6 19 557 3,359 3,194 15 5 6 10 61.4% 7/84
C.Redman ATL 196 21 123 23 14.0% 13 4.7% 49.3 23 125 746 896 4 1 0 3 59.0% 2/12
J.Campbell WAS 181 22 219 21 -6.1% 25 -5.0% 47.7 25 551 3,301 3,128 20 7 3 14 65.1% 4/62
K.Kolb PHI 152 23 132 22 11.8% 16 8.9% 49.5 22 100 711 740 4 0 1 2 64.6% 0/0
B.Leftwich TB 89 24 -13 25 1.4% 22 -13.0% 30.1 36 112 597 680 4 2 0 3 54.6% 1/11
B.Gradkowski OAK 63 25 2 24 -5.0% 24 -11.0% 51.1 21 160 923 923 6 1 3 3 55.8% 1/19
S.Wallace SEA -17 26 -17 26 -13.3% 26 -13.2% 34.3 28 131 607 635 3 2 2 2 65.5% 2/21
D.Culpepper DET -93 27 -131 30 -19.7% 28 -23.3% 33.5 29 172 804 746 3 3 0 6 57.8% 1/27
K.Collins TEN -139 28 -134 31 -21.0% 29 -20.7% 33.2 31 224 1,178 948 6 1 2 8 55.1% 0/0
M.Bulger STL -203 29 -38 27 -23.2% 33 -13.4% 32.1 32 261 1,384 1,079 5 2 1 6 57.1% 1/13
B.Quinn CLE -207 30 -212 33 -22.8% 31 -23.0% 33.4 30 275 1,242 1,155 8 1 2 6 53.1% 1/28
A.Smith SF -210 31 -39 28 -19.5% 27 -12.7% 40.2 27 394 2,228 1,724 18 2 1 12 60.8% 2/72
T.Edwards BUF -229 32 -202 32 -29.6% 38 -27.5% 28.3 38 206 1,017 688 6 1 0 6 60.4% 1/2
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
R.Fitzpatrick BUF -238 33 -304 35 -26.6% 36 -30.9% 29.0 37 248 1,299 914 9 1 2 9 56.2% 0/0
J.Delhomme CAR -260 34 -377 40 -23.1% 32 -28.5% 31.1 34 340 1,834 1,392 8 2 3 18 56.3% 0/0
S.Hill SF -261 35 -119 29 -36.3% 40 -22.6% 42.6 26 173 804 483 5 2 1 2 56.9% 4/73
J.Johnson TB -265 36 -340 38 -43.2% 43 -52.3% 13.7 42 137 626 295 4 5 0 7 50.4% 2/49
K.Boller STL -352 37 -327 37 -39.4% 42 -37.4% 11.1 45 192 782 525 3 0 1 6 56.0% 1/7
M.Sanchez NYJ -382 38 -376 39 -26.5% 35 -26.3% 31.6 33 390 2,249 1,477 13 6 3 20 54.6% 2/64
J.Cutler CHI -390 39 -326 36 -21.4% 30 -19.7% 48.2 24 589 3,454 2,537 27 7 1 26 61.3% 5/98
J.Freeman TB -392 40 -506 44 -31.1% 39 -36.9% 26.1 40 311 1,729 1,050 10 7 2 17 55.2% 2/27
D.Anderson CLE -399 41 -479 42 -43.6% 44 -50.2% 16.6 41 193 815 445 3 2 2 10 44.8% 2/43
K.Null STL -439 42 -451 41 -63.7% 46 -65.1% 13.1 43 136 482 77 3 1 1 8 62.0% 0/0
M.Hasselbeck SEA -468 43 -292 34 -24.8% 34 -19.7% 26.4 39 523 2,776 2,118 17 8 2 16 60.2% 6/110
M.Cassel KC -619 44 -583 45 -29.3% 37 -28.2% 30.9 35 541 2,634 1,905 16 9 2 15 55.9% 9/98
M.Stafford DET -653 45 -497 43 -36.6% 41 -30.6% 30.0 37 394 2,091 1,178 13 3 1 20 54.5% 4/99
J.Russell OAK -834 46 -873 46 -62.0% 45 -64.4% 11.7 44 278 1,081 187 3 3 6 10 49.0% 2/41

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Jackson MIN 105 126 75.6% 92.9% 71.3 21 201 241 1 0 0 0 66.7% 0/0
D.Carr NYG 83 94 30.2% 35.9% 69.7 34 214 273 1 0 0 0 65.6% 0/0
B.Croyle KC 68 30 15.8% 0.7% 48.9 43 212 308 2 1 0 0 57.5% 0/0
B.Volek SD 64 76 18.5% 24.1% 56.0 32 230 261 1 0 0 1 64.5% 0/0
C.Pennington MIA 14 46 -8.5% -2.2% 57.3 79 394 429 1 1 1 1 71.2% 0/0
M.Vick PHI 3 11 -7.4% 0.6% 53.1 13 86 78 1 0 0 0 46.2% 0/0
B.Hoyer NE -1 0 -11.5% -11.2% 46.8 29 124 138 0 0 0 0 70.4% 0/0
D.Dixon PIT -11 -34 -18.4% -33.7% 42.2 26 145 107 1 0 0 1 46.2% 0/0
M.Leinart ARI -17 2 -14.5% -10.7% 57.7 79 426 373 0 0 0 3 66.2% 1/19
M.Flynn GB -38 -33 -53.7% -48.1% 9.9 13 52 20 0 0 0 1 58.3% 1/36
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
K.Clemens NYJ -45 -55 -38.3% -44.3% 11.1 29 105 73 0 1 0 0 52.0% 0/0
M.Brunell NO -75 -117 -50.2% -72.7% 4.1 31 93 52 0 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0
J.T.O'Sullivan CIN -84 -108 -155.9% -197.5% 1.5 14 9 -68 0 0 2 0 40.0% 0/0
T.Collins WAS -88 -73 -78.9% -66.8% 5.7 26 123 -15 0 2 0 0 52.2% 0/0
B.Brohm BUF -92 -50 -56.0% -35.4% 10.2 31 138 40 0 0 0 2 58.6% 0/0
C.Frye OAK -98 -75 -26.2% -22.7% 38.3 92 514 390 1 0 0 4 62.4% 2/36
C.Painter IND -139 -199 -82.5% -112.9% 0.3 31 67 -32 0 0 1 2 28.6% 0/0
C.Simms DEN -177 -164 -158.8% -148.4% 0.7 22 -16 -143 0 0 1 1 29.4% 0/0
D.Stanton DET -243 -296 -74.3% -88.1% 8.5 57 240 -21 0 0 1 6 51.9% 1/9

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 37 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Rodgers GB 136 1 135 1 45.7% 3 45.8% 43 324 488 5 1
D.Garrard JAC 60 2 69 2 4.4% 19 7.8% 60 337 385 3 3
J.Campbell WAS 60 3 64 3 20.4% 10 23.0% 33 243 272 1 1
D.McNabb PHI 55 4 56 4 42.1% 4 43.0% 20 154 192 2 1
J.Freeman TB 51 5 49 7 33.9% 6 31.1% 23 165 205 0 0
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 51 6 50 6 25.2% 9 26.8% 25 146 205 1 0
B.Quinn CLE 51 7 51 5 41.1% 5 40.8% 16 101 190 1 0
C.Palmer CIN 48 8 43 9 18.6% 11 17.3% 25 104 207 3 0
M.Sanchez NYJ 43 9 47 8 12.8% 13 17.1% 27 119 212 3 1
T.Romo DAL 43 10 41 11 60.7% 1 59.2% 16 121 139 1 0
J.Cutler CHI 41 11 34 13 15.4% 12 10.5% 28 180 204 1 1
D.Brees NO 40 12 43 10 49.9% 2 55.7% 9 46 137 2 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT 36 13 39 12 11.0% 14 13.0% 22 98 195 2 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Russell OAK 32 14 30 14 32.8% 7 28.4% 12 52 130 0 0
M.Stafford DET 32 15 27 15 26.2% 8 21.1% 18 110 134 2 0
V.Young TEN 24 16 23 16 -0.1% 23 -2.6% 44 286 243 2 4
M.Ryan ATL 23 17 22 17 9.0% 16 6.6% 19 61 144 1 0
M.Vick PHI 21 18 14 19 7.5% 18 -1.5% 21 98 153 2 0
B.Gradkowski OAK 16 19 17 18 7.5% 17 8.0% 15 103 98 0 1
J.Johnson TB 15 20 7 22 3.4% 20 -5.0% 20 145 101 0 2
E.Manning NYG 11 21 11 21 9.6% 15 9.7% 10 81 61 0 3
D.Culpepper DET 10 22 4 23 1.3% 21 -7.3% 15 92 87 0 0
T.Edwards BUF 8 23 12 20 -1.4% 25 4.9% 14 106 70 0 0
D.Stanton DET 4 24 0 25 0.6% 22 -12.2% 8 34 48 1 0
C.Henne MIA 2 25 1 24 -6.7% 26 -10.0% 9 39 43 1 0
M.Hasselbeck SEA 1 26 -3 28 -10.2% 27 -15.4% 20 123 79 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
K.Boller STL 1 27 -5 30 -0.1% 24 -19.2% 13 68 65 0 1
A.Smith SF 0 28 -2 27 -11.8% 28 -15.2% 14 61 57 0 0
P.Rivers SD -1 29 -1 26 -14.0% 29 -13.6% 16 60 55 1 0
J.Delhomme CAR -3 30 -3 29 -14.6% 30 -17.5% 11 60 44 0 1
K.Orton DEN -8 31 -6 31 -20.2% 32 -18.4% 17 77 45 0 0
T.Brady NE -13 32 -9 32 -20.2% 31 -19.1% 18 55 72 1 0
J.Flacco BAL -28 33 -23 33 -33.5% 34 -28.8% 25 70 32 0 0
M.Cassel KC -34 34 -37 35 -31.2% 33 -31.9% 38 196 49 0 2
S.Wallace SEA -35 35 -36 34 -72.8% 37 -78.7% 9 -7 -37 1 1
P.White MIA -44 36 -40 36 -58.2% 36 -54.3% 20 74 -33 0 1
M.Schaub HOU -53 37 -51 37 -43.7% 35 -43.0% 26 83 -1 0 1