1985 NFL QUARTERBACK RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 2/7/2020

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.

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 200 passes, 33 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
D.Marino MIA 1,517 1 1,464 1 27.4% 2 26.0% 590 3,962 5,234 30 3 6 20 59.3% 5/127
D.Fouts SD 1,332 2 1,241 2 32.8% 1 29.8% 456 3,494 4,254 27 5 6 19 58.8% 4/102
J.Montana SF 1,215 3 1,102 4 25.5% 3 22.1% 533 3,386 4,334 27 4 1 12 61.5% 3/31
K.O'Brien NYJ 1,133 4 1,152 3 19.8% 5 20.4% 552 3,481 4,478 25 4 9 8 60.9% 5/130
B.Esiason CIN 1,089 5 1,059 5 25.3% 4 24.3% 469 3,124 3,875 27 7 2 12 58.2% 6/126
D.White DAL 780 6 777 6 15.1% 8 15.0% 481 2,874 3,441 21 2 1 16 59.3% 5/112
J.Elway DEN 668 7 720 8 5.4% 13 6.7% 646 3,531 4,183 22 4 2 22 54.1% 11/292
B.Kenney KC 659 8 674 9 16.7% 6 17.3% 370 2,287 2,810 17 5 1 7 53.6% 7/139
J.McMahon CHI 593 9 736 7 16.4% 7 23.1% 340 2,253 2,540 15 1 1 11 57.1% 0/0
N.Lomax STLC 576 10 506 12 6.3% 12 4.2% 535 2,763 3,443 18 4 2 12 56.3% 8/136
S.DeBerg TB 559 11 427 13 10.9% 10 5.7% 391 2,341 2,803 19 0 3 18 53.4% 7/118
P.Simms NYG 491 12 627 10 3.1% 14 7.1% 553 3,420 3,439 22 6 6 19 55.6% 4/83
R.Jaworski PHI 395 13 562 11 1.1% 15 6.3% 519 3,134 3,130 18 2 2 19 52.7% 6/109
M.Herrmann SD 333 14 335 15 12.2% 9 12.4% 224 1,366 1,615 10 3 2 10 65.7% 2/36
D.Krieg SEA 331 15 313 16 -1.9% 17 -2.3% 586 3,115 3,320 27 5 5 19 53.8% 4/76
T.Kramer MIN 280 16 263 19 -3.1% 19 -3.6% 547 3,252 3,196 19 3 4 25 54.9% 10/160
J.Schroeder WAS 256 17 301 18 6.8% 11 10.0% 225 1,337 1,496 5 2 2 5 53.8% 1/29
D.Brock LARM 214 18 312 17 -3.0% 18 0.7% 417 2,316 2,421 16 1 4 13 59.9% 4/58
M.Malone PIT 185 19 350 14 0.3% 16 10.5% 246 1,341 1,553 13 3 0 7 50.2% 4/65
E.Hipple DET 117 20 113 21 -7.0% 22 -7.2% 456 2,607 2,451 17 2 8 17 55.1% 5/46
T.Eason NE 83 21 42 23 -7.0% 21 -9.0% 329 1,907 1,711 11 3 0 16 56.4% 4/52
B.Hebert NO 57 22 161 20 -6.6% 20 1.6% 199 1,056 1,100 5 1 0 4 53.6% 5/93
B.Kosar CLE1 47 23 4 24 -8.4% 23 -10.9% 271 1,441 1,455 8 3 6 7 50.0% 3/45
M.Pagel IND 30 24 -6 25 -10.0% 24 -11.4% 423 2,216 2,208 14 3 3 15 50.6% 3/56
L.Dickey GB 11 25 92 22 -10.6% 25 -6.9% 350 1,962 1,773 15 5 1 17 54.8% 7/93
M.Wilson LARD -64 26 -50 26 -13.5% 26 -13.0% 417 2,390 2,060 16 2 2 21 49.9% 1/33
D.Woodley PIT -99 27 -75 27 -18.8% 28 -17.0% 198 1,271 900 6 4 2 13 51.4% 5/93
J.Theismann WAS -160 28 -262 30 -18.8% 28 -23.7% 338 1,460 1,463 8 0 3 13 55.5% 1/36
W.Moon HOIL -195 29 -156 29 -18.7% 27 -17.2% 431 2,304 1,818 15 8 2 19 53.1% 3/45
V.Ferragamo BUF -226 30 -129 28 -23.4% 31 -18.1% 306 1,542 1,185 5 0 0 17 51.9% 3/69
D.Wilson NO -239 31 -344 32 -22.9% 30 -28.1% 337 1,521 1,313 11 2 2 15 49.3% 2/32
D.Archer ATL -293 32 -392 33 -24.7% 32 -29.3% 358 1,650 1,348 7 4 3 16 51.6% 2/22
B.Mathison BUF -410 33 -325 31 -37.6% 33 -32.1% 254 1,414 693 4 2 5 13 49.6% 2/32

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
S.Grogan NE 346 394 21.8% 26.3% 170 1,213 1,318 7 2 3 3 54.5% 2/42
G.Hogeboom DAL 247 155 16.3% 6.1% 140 860 1,042 5 0 0 7 55.6% 4/108
G.Danielson CLE1 208 203 7.6% 7.2% 180 1,146 1,170 8 0 1 6 59.5% 2/13
T.Schonert CIN 160 162 38.0% 38.5% 57 408 482 1 2 0 0 64.7% 0/0
W.Wilson MIN 142 107 23.6% 15.0% 64 376 522 3 0 0 3 55.0% 1/8
M.Moroski HOIL 91 93 27.3% 27.8% 38 224 316 1 0 0 0 58.8% 0/0
J.Plunkett LARD 89 76 -0.2% -1.8% 118 682 774 3 2 3 3 68.9% 1/8
S.Bartkowski ATL 61 -6 -3.7% -11.8% 132 560 744 5 2 1 1 62.2% 0/0
M.Cavanaugh SF 60 54 5.3% 3.6% 60 281 377 1 0 0 1 52.8% 1/8
K.Anderson CIN 47 73 9.5% 20.7% 34 154 250 2 0 0 0 50.0% 1/15
G.Gilbert SEA 5 -5 -9.1% -13.1% 42 204 210 1 1 0 2 47.5% 0/0
R.Wright GB -15 -38 -14.1% -18.7% 83 485 390 2 1 2 3 52.7% 0/0
B.Holly ATL -27 -58 -19.6% -29.6% 47 234 216 1 0 1 2 61.5% 0/0
S.Campbell PIT -35 -103 -16.3% -26.2% 107 549 499 4 1 0 6 44.8% 1/7
J.Zorn GB -36 -57 -15.3% -17.6% 136 703 652 4 1 1 6 45.5% 3/42
R.Todd NO -39 -44 -29.8% -32.2% 33 181 122 3 0 0 4 50.0% 0/0
R.Hilger LARD -40 -48 -52.9% -62.1% 17 22 22 1 1 0 0 30.8% 0/0
J.Ferguson DET -50 -51 -25.7% -25.9% 58 330 208 2 0 1 3 57.4% 0/0
S.Bono MIN -59 -63 -104.3% -109.5% 12 -8 -30 0 0 0 0 10.0% 0/0
T.Blackledge KC -74 -119 -17.6% -21.5% 188 1,072 823 6 2 1 13 50.0% 2/49
M.Kofler IND -94 -107 -40.6% -44.6% 56 226 129 1 0 0 3 47.9% 0/0
A.Schlichter IND -108 -126 -76.3% -87.2% 27 89 -14 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0
S.Fuller CHI -113 -84 -25.7% -21.9% 125 657 471 1 1 0 5 50.0% 1/30
J.Kemp LARM -115 -120 -53.5% -55.4% 44 156 62 0 0 2 1 42.1% 0/0
O.Luck HOIL -160 -90 -34.1% -24.0% 109 519 343 2 4 3 2 56.6% 2/24
S.Brunner STLC -200 -240 -59.1% -68.7% 65 307 63 1 0 2 6 50.0% 0/0
S.Young TB -268 -198 -37.7% -30.7% 163 761 448 3 2 1 8 52.2% 4/88
R.Cunningham PHI -351 -424 -70.1% -82.5% 102 391 1 1 2 1 8 42.0% 2/51

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 35 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
R.Cunningham PHI 84 1 70 4 76.5% 1 61.1% 21 214 260 0 0
B.Mathison BUF 81 2 88 1 61.6% 2 68.3% 23 231 269 1 0
M.Pagel IND 70 3 78 2 54.9% 3 63.3% 20 161 238 2 0
J.Montana SF 68 4 70 3 23.5% 10 24.6% 31 168 297 3 0
D.Krieg SEA 54 5 54 5 38.7% 6 38.4% 21 143 204 1 0
J.Theismann WAS 46 6 41 7 40.9% 4 34.9% 18 124 171 2 0
J.McMahon CHI 44 7 32 10 7.9% 14 2.8% 40 257 257 3 2
B.Esiason CIN 44 8 35 8 38.8% 5 28.5% 17 118 164 1 0
D.Archer ATL 41 9 23 15 0.9% 16 -4.8% 65 371 323 2 1
S.Young TB 37 10 41 6 8.1% 13 10.6% 37 234 217 1 0
M.Malone PIT 26 11 31 11 24.1% 9 31.9% 12 82 99 1 0
O.Luck HOIL 21 12 33 9 20.4% 11 38.3% 13 98 99 0 0
T.Blackledge KC 20 13 27 13 13.6% 12 22.9% 14 102 103 0 0
S.Fuller CHI 19 14 29 12 1.4% 15 8.6% 21 77 144 5 1
T.Eason NE 18 15 16 16 35.9% 7 29.5% 10 81 70 1 1
G.Hogeboom DAL 16 16 15 17 28.1% 8 23.4% 8 48 67 1 0
J.Elway DEN 13 17 24 14 -6.9% 18 -2.2% 43 258 209 0 1
S.Grogan NE 4 18 -2 20 -6.1% 17 -14.7% 10 38 60 2 1
W.Moon HOIL -1 19 -5 21 -12.6% 19 -15.4% 27 139 109 0 2
R.Jaworski PHI -1 20 2 19 -14.2% 20 -9.0% 8 47 39 2 1
K.O'Brien NYJ -7 21 -10 22 -20.8% 21 -23.6% 18 83 66 0 1
J.Schroeder WAS -8 22 -12 23 -29.5% 25 -36.9% 8 45 15 0 1
D.Woodley PIT -9 23 3 18 -21.2% 22 -8.8% 15 64 48 2 2
B.Hebert NO -12 24 -13 24 -33.1% 27 -33.2% 10 31 14 0 0
D.Brock LARM -16 25 -16 25 -28.8% 23 -28.9% 15 39 31 0 1
N.Lomax STLC -19 26 -24 29 -28.9% 24 -33.7% 24 123 38 1 4
D.White DAL -23 27 -20 26 -59.2% 31 -53.6% 10 61 -20 1 3
E.Hipple DET -25 28 -22 27 -30.5% 26 -28.4% 22 96 41 2 3
G.Danielson CLE1 -26 29 -26 30 -40.3% 29 -39.5% 20 122 7 0 4
B.Kenney KC -28 30 -23 28 -66.9% 33 -58.9% 8 6 -28 1 0
P.Simms NYG -31 31 -31 31 -39.7% 28 -39.9% 21 139 8 0 3
V.Ferragamo BUF -33 32 -35 32 -69.8% 34 -73.3% 8 15 -36 1 1
M.Wilson LARD -40 33 -41 34 -49.3% 30 -50.2% 19 91 -15 2 4
T.Kramer MIN -46 34 -39 33 -64.4% 32 -56.2% 19 53 -43 0 2
B.Kosar CLE1 -65 35 -76 35 -122.7% 35 -142.3% 13 21 -115 1 5