Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2010

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.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

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 1,918 1 1,771 1 46.7% 1 42.2% 76.9 1 518 3,719 5,276 36 2 1 3 66.0% 7/111
P.Rivers SD 1,430 2 1,629 2 27.9% 3 33.3% 63.4 11 582 4,456 4,903 30 3 4 13 66.4% 2/24
P.Manning IND 1,400 3 1,598 3 19.0% 6 23.3% 69.0 5 696 4,605 5,643 33 2 1 16 66.3% 8/142
A.Rodgers GB 1,288 4 1,241 4 26.9% 4 25.5% 69.4 4 505 3,710 4,474 28 3 0 10 66.2% 3/26
M.Ryan ATL 1,120 5 1,080 5 18.0% 7 17.0% 69.7 3 593 3,543 4,622 28 1 2 9 62.8% 12/186
D.Brees NO 1,093 6 1,071 6 13.3% 10 12.8% 65.4 8 681 4,421 5,073 33 4 2 21 68.5% 3/58
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,061 7 1,013 7 31.1% 2 29.2% 64.2 10 414 2,975 3,469 17 3 2 5 63.3% 3/86
M.Schaub HOU 930 8 926 8 12.2% 13 12.0% 57.9 16 606 4,122 4,480 24 5 3 12 64.3% 8/135
J.Freeman TB 816 9 829 9 13.9% 9 14.3% 64.6 9 503 3,256 3,736 25 4 1 6 61.6% 7/119
C.Palmer CIN 739 10 589 15 7.1% 18 3.4% 43.5 26 613 3,761 4,272 26 3 2 20 62.1% 9/131
J.Flacco BAL 695 11 686 12 9.4% 15 9.1% 60.4 12 529 3,349 3,676 25 5 2 9 62.6% 11/236
M.Vick PHI 663 12 665 13 14.1% 8 14.2% 68.2 6 404 2,813 3,019 21 5 2 6 63.1% 2/51
K.Orton DEN 663 13 708 11 8.3% 17 9.6% 48.0 23 531 3,423 3,650 20 0 1 9 59.3% 10/187
M.Cassel KC 589 14 793 10 8.4% 16 15.1% 52.3 18 471 2,905 3,227 27 1 1 7 59.3% 5/53
E.Manning NYG 547 15 609 14 4.2% 20 5.9% 65.5 7 555 3,884 3,630 31 2 3 24 63.4% 9/152
S.Hill DET 486 16 372 16 6.7% 19 2.5% 41.8 29 431 2,572 2,861 16 1 0 12 62.3% 1/11
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Henne MIA 402 17 291 19 1.0% 22 -2.3% 42.5 27 521 3,117 3,211 15 2 1 18 61.8% 5/69
V.Young TEN 353 18 358 18 20.5% 5 20.9% 70.6 2 170 1,174 1,379 10 1 3 2 59.6% 6/126
T.Romo DAL 334 19 359 17 13.3% 11 15.1% 56.4 17 220 1,563 1,557 11 0 0 7 69.8% 1/7
M.Sanchez NYJ 234 20 219 22 -4.3% 28 -4.8% 48.2 22 531 3,105 3,090 17 6 1 13 55.5% 6/128
J.Kitna DAL 234 21 226 21 -0.5% 23 -0.8% 46.0 24 339 2,264 2,085 16 3 1 12 66.0% 0/0
D.Garrard JAC 227 22 264 20 -1.8% 24 -0.2% 60.3 13 398 2,466 2,272 23 4 2 15 64.8% 3/81
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 223 23 139 24 -3.6% 27 -6.4% 48.3 21 466 2,851 2,676 23 3 3 15 58.1% 2/25
D.Stanton DET 174 24 84 28 12.2% 12 0.0% 42.4 28 123 722 840 4 1 1 3 59.5% 0/0
S.Wallace CLE 151 25 114 25 11.3% 14 5.8% 38.4 34 107 661 749 4 0 0 2 63.4% 1/14
K.Collins TEN 150 26 218 23 -3.2% 26 0.4% 58.7 14 290 1,706 1,720 14 1 3 8 58.2% 3/60
C.McCoy CLE 146 27 84 27 -1.9% 25 -5.8% 45.1 25 245 1,465 1,461 6 1 0 9 61.3% 1/38
D.McNabb WAS 133 28 58 30 -6.9% 29 -9.3% 38.9 33 509 3,078 2,690 14 8 0 13 58.5% 3/48
M.Stafford DET 91 29 80 29 3.0% 21 1.2% 58.1 15 100 504 646 6 0 1 1 59.4% 1/27
J.Cutler CHI 81 30 54 31 -8.5% 30 -9.3% 48.5 19 484 2,930 2,552 23 4 5 16 60.4% 7/140
J.Campbell OAK 23 31 92 26 -10.1% 31 -6.9% 48.5 20 361 2,197 1,797 13 7 1 8 59.6% 3/107
K.Kolb PHI 12 32 21 32 -10.2% 32 -9.4% 35.7 35 200 1,064 1,026 7 2 2 3 61.6% 1/5
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
A.Smith SF -26 33 0 33 -12.2% 33 -11.1% 40.9 31 364 2,173 1,830 14 2 2 10 61.1% 3/70
T.Smith SF -94 34 -104 37 -20.0% 36 -20.9% 32.0 38 166 1,070 728 5 4 0 4 51.4% 2/60
B.Gradkowski OAK -106 35 -60 35 -21.0% 37 -16.8% 31.5 39 167 974 719 5 2 1 7 53.2% 2/51
R.Grossman WAS -129 36 -96 36 -24.7% 39 -21.2% 32.5 37 141 788 596 7 0 4 4 56.9% 1/19
C.Whitehurst SEA -141 37 -167 39 -33.2% 41 -37.3% 23.0 44 106 501 323 2 1 0 3 58.0% 0/0
M.Hasselbeck SEA -173 38 -123 38 -16.8% 35 -15.2% 40.4 32 472 2,798 2,208 12 1 5 17 60.3% 3/60
S.Bradford STL -178 39 -5 34 -15.6% 34 -11.3% 41.5 30 622 3,262 3,006 18 5 2 13 60.4% 4/37
B.Favre MIN -291 40 -363 45 -23.1% 38 -26.0% 25.4 41 382 2,317 1,568 11 2 3 19 61.1% 7/125
D.Anderson ARI -308 41 -245 40 -25.4% 40 -22.5% 35.7 36 352 1,890 1,324 7 2 2 10 51.8% 4/83
J.Delhomme CLE -313 42 -310 42 -42.7% 42 -42.4% 26.5 40 155 810 374 2 1 1 7 63.5% 1/15
M.Moore CAR -324 43 -342 44 -42.8% 43 -44.5% 25.0 42 155 766 383 5 2 2 9 55.6% 3/44
T.Edwards 2TM -335 44 -329 43 -58.3% 46 -57.6% 21.8 45 112 416 117 2 0 0 5 55.0% 3/67
J.Skelton ARI -348 45 -281 41 -53.4% 45 -45.3% 24.6 43 134 564 186 2 2 1 2 48.0% 1/4
J.Clausen CAR -749 46 -752 46 -48.0% 44 -48.2% 11.8 46 336 1,295 621 3 5 1 9 53.0% 3/50

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Tebow DEN 135 143 13.6% 15.2% 57.5 87 627 619 5 1 0 3 51.3% 2/33
T.Thigpen MIA 47 10 -0.3% -8.8% 36.9 70 385 412 2 0 0 2 53.2% 1/32
L.McCown JAC 44 28 26.0% 12.6% 37.0 19 120 154 0 0 0 0 57.9% 0/0
T.Bouman JAC 39 26 5.0% -0.4% 58.5 35 216 249 2 0 0 2 52.9% 2/55
B.Hoyer NE 27 27 16.1% 16.0% 39.1 15 122 118 1 0 0 1 46.7% 0/0
J.Johnson TB 18 19 7.0% 8.4% 80.7 18 103 103 0 0 0 0 87.5% 0/0
M.Brunell NYJ 2 7 -9.0% -3.6% 51.0 14 110 80 2 0 0 1 53.8% 0/0
M.Flynn GB -24 -23 -15.9% -15.8% 23.3 73 392 369 3 0 1 2 60.6% 2/4
S.McGee DAL -25 -39 -19.5% -24.3% 44.9 47 200 207 2 1 0 0 52.4% 1/8
T.Pike CAR -29 -27 -45.2% -42.7% 2.6 13 37 29 0 0 0 0 50.0% 0/0
D.Carr SF -31 -35 -60.1% -66.3% 4.8 13 62 10 0 0 0 1 41.7% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Batch PIT -43 -62 -24.0% -29.6% 54.8 54 326 211 3 1 0 3 61.2% 1/12
D.Dixon PIT -81 -85 -45.6% -47.1% 32.1 38 216 79 0 1 1 1 68.8% 0/0
J.Webb MIN -86 -127 -24.7% -31.4% 47.4 97 435 391 0 1 0 3 60.7% 1/42
R.Bartel ARI -103 -86 -54.7% -47.7% 6.1 30 138 51 0 0 0 1 57.1% 0/0
B.St. Pierre CAR -106 -127 -80.6% -95.0% 5.9 31 150 -21 1 0 0 2 46.4% 0/0
T.Jackson MIN -110 -148 -37.1% -45.9% 35.0 65 289 192 3 1 0 4 58.6% 1/5
B.Croyle KC -139 -158 -128.0% -143.6% 6.0 23 9 -93 0 0 0 1 42.1% 0/0
B.Brohm BUF -191 -199 -130.9% -135.6% 4.3 26 101 -132 0 0 1 3 43.5% 0/0
R.Smith TEN -196 -152 -98.7% -79.2% 8.1 41 200 -84 0 0 0 4 50.0% 1/20
T.Collins CHI -289 -306 -163.8% -172.6% 1.3 29 53 -241 0 0 0 5 37.0% 0/0
M.Hall ARI -550 -535 -105.7% -103.1% 3.7 92 277 -280 1 3 2 6 50.0% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 38 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Vick PHI 192 1 195 1 29.0% 8 29.6% 90 681 784 9 3
A.Rodgers GB 98 2 96 2 24.6% 9 23.5% 51 368 431 4 1
J.Freeman TB 96 3 85 3 18.9% 12 16.1% 56 373 429 0 2
D.Garrard JAC 79 4 83 4 13.5% 13 13.7% 54 279 427 5 4
T.Tebow DEN 73 5 66 7 23.3% 10 20.8% 38 231 284 6 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT 67 6 71 5 39.4% 4 40.8% 22 184 259 2 1
J.Cutler CHI 65 7 68 6 33.0% 6 32.5% 32 251 260 1 1
C.McCoy CLE 64 8 53 9 48.9% 2 38.2% 21 141 224 1 0
J.Webb MIN 56 9 55 8 53.1% 1 52.3% 18 124 192 2 0
M.Hasselbeck SEA 46 10 45 10 38.5% 5 38.9% 13 70 170 3 0
E.Manning NYG 32 11 33 11 47.4% 3 47.1% 12 87 117 0 1
D.Stanton DET 28 12 31 12 20.5% 11 25.2% 15 116 125 1 0
J.Campbell OAK 28 13 25 15 1.4% 20 2.8% 35 233 177 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Sanchez NYJ 28 14 26 14 8.8% 17 8.2% 21 115 158 3 2
D.McNabb WAS 26 15 28 13 13.4% 14 15.5% 20 158 138 0 1
S.McGee DAL 21 16 21 16 32.0% 7 31.8% 11 75 84 0 0
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 18 17 16 17 -3.5% 24 -3.4% 36 271 171 0 2
M.Schaub HOU 17 18 16 19 9.9% 16 8.8% 11 36 92 0 0
C.Whitehurst SEA 17 19 16 18 12.2% 15 13.4% 12 50 81 1 0
K.Orton DEN 16 20 13 20 6.4% 18 3.4% 16 104 97 0 2
T.Smith SF 9 21 12 21 -4.0% 25 0.8% 18 123 82 1 2
P.Rivers SD 9 22 11 22 -0.7% 21 1.8% 14 67 81 0 0
T.Edwards BUF 7 23 6 24 1.9% 19 -4.3% 14 58 79 0 0
V.Young TEN 7 24 4 27 -1.9% 22 -6.4% 16 132 66 0 2
A.Smith SF 6 25 7 23 -2.9% 23 1.4% 11 66 46 0 0
M.Ryan ATL 6 26 5 25 -11.0% 29 -8.6% 29 141 115 0 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.Bradford STL 4 27 5 26 -6.0% 26 -6.9% 17 72 77 1 0
M.Cassel KC 1 28 3 28 -13.0% 31 -9.6% 23 134 87 0 0
S.Hill DET 1 29 1 29 -9.4% 27 -10.8% 20 124 85 0 1
T.Brady NE 0 30 1 30 -12.4% 30 -11.2% 16 43 91 1 0
T.Thigpen MIA -2 31 0 31 -10.8% 28 -12.2% 12 66 46 0 1
B.Gradkowski OAK -2 32 -1 32 -13.2% 32 -14.4% 9 46 28 0 0
J.Kitna DAL -6 33 -4 33 -16.7% 33 -15.5% 23 149 71 1 2
K.Kolb PHI -7 34 -11 34 -25.6% 35 -32.3% 11 65 22 0 1
C.Palmer CIN -14 35 -15 35 -25.2% 34 -25.1% 17 61 47 0 1
J.Flacco BAL -21 36 -27 36 -27.2% 36 -29.7% 25 93 58 1 2
J.Clausen CAR -44 37 -45 37 -78.1% 38 -79.0% 16 43 -55 0 2
C.Henne MIA -55 38 -53 38 -61.4% 37 -63.2% 22 73 -43 0 2