Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2011

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, DYAR, and Total QBR, 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, 47 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Brees NO 2,259 1 2,363 1 38.3% 2 40.6% 84.0 2 678 5,303 6,763 46 0 1 14 71.7% 7/75
A.Rodgers GB 2,059 2 2,121 2 46.6% 1 48.4% 86.2 1 537 4,438 5,671 45 3 0 6 68.7% 11/159
T.Brady NE 1,997 3 1,956 3 35.4% 3 34.4% 72.7 3 645 5,043 6,155 40 3 3 12 66.0% 3/55
T.Romo DAL 1,344 4 1,280 5 26.8% 4 25.0% 71.4 4 555 3,969 4,683 31 1 3 10 66.9% 5/76
M.Stafford DET 1,170 5 1,312 4 14.9% 10 18.1% 65.5 7 700 4,772 5,204 41 3 1 16 63.6% 4/86
M.Ryan ATL 1,118 6 1,204 6 18.7% 7 21.0% 69.0 5 587 4,011 4,539 29 2 3 11 62.1% 7/91
P.Rivers SD 1,118 7 1,038 8 17.0% 8 15.0% 62.7 11 610 4,414 4,728 27 3 5 20 63.3% 8/117
E.Manning NYG 1,109 8 1,136 7 16.2% 9 16.8% 59.4 16 618 4,686 4,783 29 3 4 16 61.4% 10/202
B.Roethlisberger PIT 867 9 841 9 13.3% 11 12.6% 63.6 9 555 3,806 4,038 21 3 5 14 63.6% 5/110
M.Schaub HOU 701 10 690 10 24.4% 5 23.9% 67.4 6 307 2,370 2,542 15 2 1 6 61.7% 1/17
M.Vick PHI 652 11 598 11 11.6% 12 9.7% 64.4 8 443 3,145 3,194 18 3 2 13 60.8% 2/25
A.Dalton CIN 575 12 485 12 5.6% 13 3.0% 45.6 26 540 3,224 3,550 20 1 2 13 58.3% 12/212
A.Smith SF 442 13 354 16 3.1% 14 0.3% 46.1 24 492 2,857 3,093 17 3 2 5 61.7% 5/79
J.Flacco BAL 409 14 389 14 0.0% 18 -0.6% 59.6 15 574 3,407 3,527 20 3 6 12 57.7% 11/280
C.Newton CAR 404 15 428 13 0.8% 16 1.5% 55.0 18 551 3,810 3,287 21 3 2 17 60.3% 3/37
M.Hasselbeck TEN 390 16 371 15 0.5% 17 0.0% 62.6 13 536 3,410 3,208 18 3 1 14 61.8% 4/75
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
J.Campbell OAK 340 17 326 17 19.8% 6 18.5% 54.3 19 169 1,151 1,348 6 1 0 3 61.0% 3/40
C.Palmer OAK 296 18 298 18 2.5% 15 2.7% 62.6 12 344 2,627 2,145 13 1 1 16 61.2% 3/36
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 189 19 194 20 -6.2% 26 -6.1% 50.5 21 591 3,702 3,383 24 4 1 23 62.5% 11/236
T.Jackson SEA 161 20 61 25 -6.0% 25 -9.2% 37.7 33 495 2,790 2,719 14 3 4 9 60.8% 5/135
J.Cutler CHI 157 21 207 19 -3.5% 21 -1.0% 59.7 14 339 2,140 1,867 13 4 2 7 58.1% 3/35
M.Moore MIA 135 22 124 22 -5.7% 24 -6.1% 56.7 17 388 2,266 2,185 16 6 6 9 60.6% 6/110
D.Orlovsky IND 121 23 36 26 -2.2% 19 -8.5% 49.9 22 204 1,118 1,258 6 4 3 4 64.2% 2/21
K.Orton 2TM 97 24 170 21 -5.4% 23 -1.1% 49.8 23 262 1,686 1,483 9 0 2 9 60.4% 3/32
R.Grossman WAS 96 25 75 24 -8.0% 27 -8.7% 43.9 29 481 2,920 2,574 16 1 5 19 58.5% 3/42
D.McNabb MIN 70 26 35 27 -4.8% 22 -8.0% 44.3 28 172 916 991 4 1 0 2 60.3% 3/65
C.Henne MIA 67 27 100 23 -2.7% 20 1.5% 63.4 10 123 801 728 4 0 0 4 57.1% 1/41
K.Clemens STL -6 28 -19 30 -12.0% 28 -14.1% 25.2 41 100 466 524 2 1 0 1 53.3% 2/51
S.Wallace CLE -17 29 -89 34 -13.6% 30 -23.8% 43.7 30 111 537 543 2 0 1 2 52.4% 2/36
K.Collins IND -50 30 -76 32 -18.9% 34 -22.8% 13.8 46 102 423 454 2 1 3 1 50.5% 1/34
M.Sanchez NYJ -53 31 -13 28 -12.5% 29 -11.5% 33.6 37 581 3,220 2,935 26 1 6 17 57.2% 11/201
T.J.Yates HOU -81 32 -15 29 -19.7% 35 -12.7% 45.8 25 148 868 648 3 1 3 3 63.4% 2/25
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
V.Young PHI -83 33 -56 31 -21.7% 36 -18.3% 38.4 32 122 832 522 4 2 0 9 57.9% 0/0
J.Freeman TB -96 34 -84 33 -13.7% 31 -13.4% 45.3 27 575 3,422 2,883 16 2 3 22 63.8% 6/82
K.Kolb ARI -133 35 -123 35 -18.5% 33 -17.9% 34.4 35 282 1,698 1,285 9 5 2 8 58.6% 4/44
C.McCoy CLE -133 36 -161 37 -15.2% 32 -16.0% 40.0 31 498 2,532 2,491 14 6 1 11 57.6% 7/60
J.Beck WAS -143 37 -132 36 -26.1% 40 -24.9% 31.1 38 147 764 576 2 2 1 4 61.5% 0/0
T.Palko KC -150 38 -210 40 -27.9% 42 -34.7% 24.6 42 145 718 515 2 0 1 7 60.9% 0/0
A.J.Feeley STL -192 39 -171 39 -40.7% 45 -37.5% 18.6 45 107 477 262 1 1 2 2 54.6% 0/0
T.Tebow DEN -221 40 -276 41 -22.7% 37 -25.6% 29.4 39 301 1,507 1,238 12 2 4 6 47.0% 2/54
M.Cassel KC -277 41 -169 38 -25.9% 39 -20.2% 50.7 20 291 1,586 1,134 10 3 2 8 59.9% 4/39
J.Skelton ARI -326 42 -349 43 -27.6% 41 -28.7% 34.6 34 298 1,745 1,159 11 3 0 14 55.3% 2/20
S.Bradford STL -329 43 -374 44 -24.2% 38 -26.0% 28.6 40 396 1,884 1,583 6 3 6 6 53.7% 5/78
C.Painter IND -375 44 -312 42 -33.3% 44 -29.5% 22.5 43 261 1,412 855 6 2 3 9 54.5% 3/74
C.Ponder MIN -404 45 -378 45 -31.5% 43 -30.2% 33.7 36 321 1,698 1,052 13 3 2 12 54.7% 3/30
C.Hanie CHI -470 46 -484 46 -78.7% 47 -80.8% 9.5 47 118 474 -77 3 1 0 8 51.5% 0/0
B.Gabbert JAC -1,009 47 -895 47 -46.5% 46 -42.5% 20.6 44 457 1,888 926 12 6 4 11 51.1% 4/59

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Flynn GB 225 169 47.3% 32.8% 90.4 54 496 617 6 0 1 2 67.3% 1/21
J.Locker TEN 143 172 22.0% 28.6% 44.8 70 505 544 4 0 0 0 52.3% 0/0
J.Delhomme HOU 26 39 2.4% 9.2% 50.4 30 194 188 1 0 1 0 67.9% 0/0
M.Leinart HOU 14 4 4.8% -6.3% 58.4 13 57 90 1 0 0 0 76.9% 0/0
C.Redman ATL 8 15 -6.2% -2.1% 26.4 28 188 149 0 0 0 1 64.3% 0/0
J.Kitna DAL 4 -5 -5.3% -19.3% 43.5 10 87 56 1 0 0 2 60.0% 0/0
S.McGee DAL 3 -8 -10.0% -14.7% 51.0 41 157 183 1 0 0 0 63.2% 0/0
C.Batch PIT 0 2 -11.1% -10.2% 26.1 26 198 138 0 0 0 1 62.5% 0/0
J.Webb MIN -12 -56 -13.8% -24.0% 57.2 66 360 333 3 0 1 2 54.0% 0/0
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Kafka PHI -30 -32 -38.0% -39.8% 24.2 17 101 49 0 0 0 2 68.8% 0/0
R.Bartel ARI -32 -36 -32.2% -34.7% 77.4 23 80 79 1 0 0 1 45.5% 1/23
B.Gradkowski CIN -51 -46 -58.5% -54.3% 24.5 19 102 17 1 0 0 1 44.4% 0/0
J.P.Losman MIA -66 -70 -96.0% -100.3% 2.6 15 22 -18 0 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0
J.Johnson TB -91 -72 -46.8% -39.2% 45.2 39 222 82 1 0 0 2 52.8% 0/0
J.McCown CHI -147 -110 -50.6% -40.6% 26.0 62 371 100 2 2 0 4 63.6% 0/0
K.Boller OAK -158 -154 -95.4% -93.2% 2.3 32 142 -64 0 2 0 3 53.6% 0/0
C.Whitehurst SEA -160 -138 -49.2% -44.0% 17.9 64 254 120 1 1 1 1 48.2% 1/11
L.McCown JAC -250 -274 -73.4% -79.3% 13.4 61 260 -17 0 1 1 4 53.6% 1/23

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Newton CAR 188 1 184 1 14.5% 12 13.9% 117 718 953 14 0
M.Vick PHI 131 2 107 2 27.5% 6 20.5% 66 599 544 1 4
A.Rodgers GB 71 3 68 3 18.7% 11 17.4% 48 269 335 3 0
J.Freeman TB 70 4 65 4 13.8% 14 12.0% 44 238 360 4 3
C.Ponder MIN 59 5 64 5 36.5% 2 40.7% 25 217 224 0 1
T.Brady NE 57 6 51 6 10.9% 19 8.4% 32 119 311 3 0
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 38 7 39 9 5.2% 23 5.4% 40 231 253 0 2
M.Ryan ATL 38 8 43 7 19.8% 7 23.9% 21 107 176 2 0
A.Smith SF 38 9 39 8 11.4% 18 12.2% 33 195 202 2 1
J.Flacco BAL 34 10 32 10 19.3% 9 17.1% 19 108 176 1 2
J.Skelton ARI 34 11 31 11 19.8% 8 16.8% 20 135 156 0 1
D.Brees NO 33 12 29 12 30.5% 5 24.7% 16 90 135 1 0
J.Webb MIN 32 13 25 15 14.1% 13 8.5% 22 154 164 2 0
C.Hanie CHI 25 14 28 14 36.4% 3 40.5% 13 98 85 0 0
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Cassel KC 25 15 23 17 13.5% 15 11.8% 19 104 129 0 0
J.Beck WAS 24 16 24 16 36.9% 1 38.0% 9 44 90 2 0
M.Hasselbeck TEN 21 17 20 18 32.1% 4 30.3% 9 64 83 0 0
C.Henne MIA 20 18 28 13 19.0% 10 31.2% 14 109 92 1 1
B.Roethlisberger PIT 18 19 15 21 9.2% 21 5.6% 16 83 103 0 0
C.Painter IND 18 20 20 19 10.3% 20 12.3% 13 109 100 0 0
J.McCown CHI 16 21 16 20 12.2% 17 12.4% 10 70 85 0 0
P.Rivers SD 14 22 13 22 7.5% 22 5.5% 11 51 85 1 0
T.Yates HOU 10 23 11 23 12.7% 16 13.6% 8 65 54 0 0
M.Stafford DET 7 24 9 24 -2.2% 24 -0.1% 16 83 70 0 1
M.Sanchez NYJ 7 25 8 25 -8.2% 26 -7.5% 26 110 137 6 3
J.Johnson TB 2 26 0 28 -8.0% 25 -11.8% 11 67 50 0 1
V.Young PHI 2 27 4 26 -10.0% 27 -6.4% 15 83 58 0 0
D.McNabb MIN 0 28 1 27 -12.7% 28 -10.2% 11 62 43 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Cutler CHI -1 29 0 29 -14.5% 30 -12.2% 11 57 36 1 1
K.Kolb ARI -1 30 -1 31 -14.2% 29 -13.8% 12 62 46 0 1
A.Dalton CIN -4 31 -2 32 -14.6% 31 -13.8% 29 163 96 1 1
T.Romo DAL -4 32 -5 33 -18.0% 33 -19.4% 12 53 42 1 1
J.Campbell OAK -6 33 -1 30 -19.1% 35 -12.8% 13 67 46 2 2
T.Jackson SEA -11 34 -26 40 -19.1% 36 -29.3% 29 113 86 1 1
C.McCoy CLE -11 35 -27 41 -16.5% 32 -23.0% 50 216 145 0 3
R.Grossman WAS -14 36 -16 35 -42.5% 40 -46.2% 8 14 1 1 1
C.Palmer OAK -16 37 -14 34 -32.1% 37 -29.7% 12 22 21 1 0
E.Manning NYG -18 38 -24 38 -43.3% 41 -54.5% 12 34 1 1 1
M.Moore MIA -21 39 -20 37 -34.9% 38 -34.3% 17 75 20 2 1
S.Bradford STL -25 40 -25 39 -58.6% 42 -58.7% 9 42 -19 0 1
B.Gabbert JAC -35 41 -31 42 -38.9% 39 -35.8% 29 107 17 0 3
T.Tebow DEN -36 42 -17 36 -18.3% 34 -15.1% 117 668 349 6 6