Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

QUARTERBACKS 2012

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 9/1/2013

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, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rank Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Brady NE 2,035 1 1,910 2 35.1% 1 32.3% 77.1 2 662 4,623 6,312 34 2 0 8 63.5% 14/220
P.Manning DEN 1,805 2 1,956 1 32.8% 2 36.5% 84.1 1 602 4,526 5,751 37 0 2 11 69.0% 11/177
D.Brees NO 1,441 3 1,397 3 19.8% 5 18.9% 67.9 9 693 4,914 5,711 43 3 1 18 63.7% 4/50
A.Rodgers GB 1,395 4 1,276 5 23.4% 4 20.4% 72.5 5 602 4,016 5,156 39 1 4 8 67.7% 9/178
M.Ryan ATL 1,196 5 1,315 4 16.5% 8 19.2% 74.5 4 644 4,502 5,106 32 1 2 14 68.6% 6/60
M.Stafford DET 1,160 6 891 7 12.2% 12 6.8% 58.9 15 753 4,766 5,576 20 1 3 17 60.2% 7/140
T.Romo DAL 1,156 7 1,036 6 14.8% 10 12.1% 62.7 13 683 4,635 5,146 28 1 3 19 66.1% 7/124
R.Wilson SEA 872 8 741 12 19.7% 6 15.0% 69.6 8 432 2,935 3,467 26 3 3 9 64.6% 6/122
B.Roethlisberger PIT 761 9 764 11 13.2% 11 13.3% 62.8 12 473 3,068 3,558 25 1 2 8 64.3% 4/41
E.Manning NYG 753 10 779 10 9.0% 13 9.7% 67.4 10 555 3,785 4,032 26 2 1 15 60.1% 12/232
R.Griffin WAS 727 11 811 9 16.6% 7 19.8% 71.4 6 425 2,961 3,104 20 2 0 5 66.6% 5/91
M.Schaub HOU 697 12 882 8 7.5% 14 12.5% 62.6 14 572 3,811 3,958 22 4 0 12 64.3% 7/121
C.Kaepernick SF 555 13 462 13 25.8% 3 19.6% 76.8 3 234 1,687 1,957 10 2 0 3 62.7% 2/43
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rank Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
C.Newton CAR 422 14 422 15 2.0% 15 2.0% 54.2 16 521 3,621 3,186 19 5 1 12 58.1% 6/43
A.Smith SF 418 15 365 18 14.8% 9 11.5% 70.1 7 243 1,610 1,866 13 0 1 5 70.3% 4/35
S.Bradford STL 388 16 245 20 -0.8% 16 -4.6% 51.6 21 580 3,457 3,545 21 4 1 12 60.4% 3/59
J.Flacco BAL 358 17 403 16 -1.3% 17 -0.1% 46.8 25 566 3,589 3,419 22 2 3 10 59.7% 9/119
C.Palmer OAK 340 18 447 14 -2.2% 18 0.6% 44.7 29 592 3,820 3,535 22 2 5 14 61.7% 9/158
A.Luck IND 257 19 366 17 -5.1% 19 -2.6% 65.0 11 662 4,089 3,793 23 5 5 17 55.0% 14/250
A.Dalton CIN 194 20 339 19 -5.9% 20 -1.9% 50.7 22 571 3,422 3,236 27 0 4 15 62.8% 5/85
C.Ponder MIN 173 21 66 25 -6.1% 21 -9.2% 53.8 17 516 2,747 3,012 18 1 4 12 62.2% 7/143
P.Rivers SD 138 22 124 23 -7.3% 22 -7.7% 40.6 31 576 3,266 3,122 26 7 7 14 64.7% 5/78
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 120 23 161 22 -7.6% 23 -6.4% 45.8 27 533 3,235 2,916 24 2 6 16 60.8% 5/82
J.Freeman TB 118 24 204 21 -8.0% 24 -5.7% 53.1 18 583 3,897 3,178 27 7 2 17 55.1% 5/68
R.Tannehill MIA 39 25 86 24 -9.9% 25 -8.5% 52.3 19 517 3,069 2,694 12 2 3 13 58.5% 12/198
M.Hasselbeck TEN -6 26 20 26 -11.5% 26 -9.8% 48.5 23 236 1,268 1,206 7 2 1 5 62.4% 2/31
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rank Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
M.Vick PHI -78 27 -108 29 -14.4% 28 -15.6% 46.0 26 380 2,173 1,833 12 5 2 10 58.6% 3/63
J.Cutler CHI -81 28 -42 27 -13.8% 27 -12.5% 51.9 20 474 2,787 2,318 19 4 4 14 58.9% 10/144
K.Kolb ARI -154 29 -88 28 -23.1% 31 -18.0% 38.0 32 210 1,008 827 8 0 2 3 59.6% 2/29
N.Foles PHI -166 30 -158 30 -20.4% 30 -20.0% 45.3 28 286 1,550 1,217 6 5 2 5 61.8% 2/71
J.Locker TEN -265 31 -198 32 -23.6% 32 -20.5% 48.1 24 341 2,004 1,347 10 0 3 10 56.9% 3/26
B.Gabbert JAC -268 32 -309 35 -25.3% 34 -27.5% 40.9 30 301 1,491 1,163 9 2 3 6 58.3% 2/29
C.Henne JAC -286 33 -171 31 -24.6% 33 -19.2% 29.9 34 334 1,912 1,333 11 0 2 10 54.4% 6/80
B.Weeden CLE -291 34 -210 33 -19.4% 29 -17.1% 26.6 36 546 3,185 2,428 14 3 1 17 57.8% 1/7
J.Skelton ARI -324 35 -427 36 -35.0% 37 -42.6% 13.9 38 216 1,034 652 2 2 2 8 54.5% 1/12
M.Cassel KC -353 36 -275 34 -30.4% 36 -26.2% 36.5 33 291 1,668 996 6 2 6 11 59.9% 5/80
B.Quinn KC -440 37 -448 37 -43.8% 38 -44.4% 27.4 35 219 1,018 489 2 1 0 7 57.1% 2/51
R.Lindley ARI -482 38 -601 39 -55.8% 39 -66.8% 9.8 39 184 646 215 0 1 2 7 52.0% 2/33
M.Sanchez NYJ -593 39 -480 38 -29.4% 35 -25.9% 23.4 37 487 2,676 1,812 13 2 7 18 54.6% 10/101

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-99 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Hill DET 128 137 136.4% 146.8% 76.8 12 172 245 2 0 0 0 83.3% 0/0
K.Orton DAL 95 79 110.7% 90.1% 99.4 10 89 192 1 0 0 0 90.0% 0/0
K.Cousins WAS 59 55 6.4% 5.0% 72.7 51 429 352 4 1 0 3 70.2% 1/7
T.Lewis CLE 42 46 6.5% 8.5% 58.6 35 190 246 1 0 0 1 68.8% 1/35
M.Moore MIA 40 31 15.5% 9.7% 59.7 21 122 174 1 0 0 0 57.9% 0/0
C.McCoy CLE 10 -23 -2.7% -30.0% 13.1 21 54 116 1 0 0 0 52.9% 1/19
T.Pryor OAK 4 16 -9.1% -2.9% 59.7 31 155 166 2 0 0 1 48.4% 0/0
B.Gradkowski CIN -3 -8 -14.9% -21.3% 54.7 12 60 60 0 1 0 0 45.5% 1/21
C.Batch PIT -8 -14 -13.0% -14.2% 34.8 74 469 359 1 0 0 4 64.8% 1/25
Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Passes Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
T.Tebow NYJ -9 -13 -24.2% -29.5% 17.6 10 32 45 0 0 0 0 75.0% 0/0
B.Leftwich PIT -12 -16 -14.5% -15.6% 34.0 56 248 268 0 0 0 1 47.2% 2/64
T.Taylor BAL -34 -56 -28.3% -39.7% 45.0 32 149 113 0 0 0 1 58.6% 1/25
B.Hoyer ARI -60 -119 -26.5% -41.5% 37.7 57 300 234 1 1 0 2 56.6% 0/0
M.Leinart OAK -77 -105 -51.2% -66.0% 11.3 34 106 50 0 0 0 1 48.5% 0/0
G.McElroy NYJ -82 -84 -44.6% -45.4% 45.2 42 146 86 1 0 1 1 61.3% 1/22
T.J.Yates HOU -85 -89 -128.3% -133.3% 2.1 11 34 -57 0 0 1 1 40.0% 0/0
J.Campbell CHI -129 -166 -50.2% -61.1% 23.5 57 216 103 2 2 0 2 62.7% 1/9

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
C.Newton CAR 149 1 138 2 11.3% 17 9.6% 114 746 809 8 3
R.Wilson SEA 147 2 130 3 22.3% 10 18.3% 82 501 652 4 0
A.Luck IND 123 3 139 1 41.0% 3 47.6% 42 270 456 5 0
J.Cutler CHI 114 4 109 4 96.2% 1 91.5% 24 248 342 0 0
R.Griffin WAS 109 5 106 5 7.8% 19 7.4% 110 816 651 7 7
A.Rodgers GB 94 6 90 6 30.6% 6 28.8% 41 276 376 2 0
T.Brady NE 56 7 52 9 40.3% 4 36.1% 13 41 209 4 0
M.Ryan ATL 54 8 51 10 39.7% 5 36.7% 22 152 204 1 0
J.Locker TEN 54 9 58 7 20.4% 11 22.7% 39 292 245 1 1
A.Dalton CIN 53 10 54 8 18.9% 12 19.5% 29 137 246 4 0
K.Kolb ARI 49 11 48 11 80.7% 2 78.7% 12 103 154 1 0
S.Bradford STL 42 12 36 14 29.6% 7 24.5% 21 140 170 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
A.Smith SF 36 13 37 13 26.0% 8 27.1% 21 142 152 0 0
C.Ponder MIN 36 14 25 16 4.2% 20 -0.7% 44 271 241 2 2
M.Cassel KC 35 15 47 12 17.8% 13 27.8% 22 148 166 1 1
C.Kaepernick SF 31 16 13 23 -1.5% 24 -7.6% 57 406 279 5 7
J.Freeman TB 26 17 25 17 3.7% 21 3.0% 29 159 180 0 1
B.Weeden CLE 24 18 29 15 8.0% 18 12.2% 21 116 144 0 0
C.Palmer OAK 23 19 24 18 17.1% 14 18.6% 11 40 111 1 0
M.Stafford DET 23 20 14 22 0.9% 22 -4.0% 30 128 182 4 2
R.Fitzpatrick BUF 22 21 18 20 0.5% 23 -1.8% 38 205 177 1 0
T.Pryor OAK 22 22 16 21 23.2% 9 13.5% 10 51 95 1 0
T.Taylor BAL 18 23 22 19 13.8% 15 19.6% 11 76 91 1 0
N.Foles PHI 11 24 11 25 11.7% 16 11.8% 9 38 57 1 1
Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
B.Roethlisberger PIT 5 25 6 27 -6.2% 25 -5.4% 17 98 77 0 1
B.Gabbert JAC 5 26 8 26 -6.8% 26 -3.2% 15 58 76 0 0
M.Vick PHI 3 27 12 24 -11.1% 28 -7.8% 52 329 207 1 4
R.Tannehill MIA 2 28 0 30 -11.0% 27 -12.4% 33 226 143 2 4
T.Romo DAL -2 29 1 28 -14.9% 29 -11.0% 14 63 50 1 1
B.Quinn KC -4 30 0 29 -17.5% 30 -12.3% 15 69 43 0 0
E.Manning NYG -15 31 -18 32 -40.5% 34 -45.5% 10 41 3 0 1
C.Henne JAC -17 32 -16 31 -33.3% 32 -31.4% 15 67 39 1 1
P.Rivers SD -19 33 -19 33 -46.5% 35 -46.8% 11 56 -4 0 1
T.Tebow NYJ -26 34 -33 35 -26.1% 31 -29.6% 33 106 76 0 0
J.Flacco BAL -32 35 -31 34 -35.1% 33 -33.9% 18 30 27 3 3
M.Sanchez NYJ -67 36 -70 36 -85.4% 36 -88.5% 15 30 -90 0 3