1997 NFL QUARTERBACK RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/30/2020

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 1,212 1 1,166 1 22.8% 4 21.7% 569 3,619 4,525 16 3 4 11 58.5% 13/199
M.Brunell JAC 1,137 2 1,136 3 26.9% 2 28.0% 465 3,074 3,968 18 2 1 7 61.3% 4/133
B.Favre GB 1,118 3 1,144 2 19.4% 6 20.7% 539 3,690 4,465 35 4 3 16 59.4% 13/176
S.Young SF 1,065 4 1,057 4 32.1% 1 33.3% 393 2,755 3,431 19 4 0 6 68.5% 1/39
B.Johnson MIN 971 5 828 7 20.2% 5 16.4% 475 2,872 3,831 20 3 1 12 61.4% 6/119
J.Elway DEN 886 6 953 5 14.4% 7 17.2% 537 3,371 3,998 27 1 7 11 56.7% 13/277
W.Moon SEA 853 7 805 8 13.1% 8 12.1% 560 3,453 3,994 25 4 3 16 59.5% 10/189
D.Bledsoe NE 809 8 838 6 11.5% 9 13.1% 553 3,441 3,979 28 3 1 14 60.4% 7/92
C.Chandler ATL 808 9 665 10 23.8% 3 19.5% 387 2,396 2,969 20 3 5 7 59.2% 4/75
J.George OAK 664 10 733 9 7.8% 11 10.5% 578 3,431 3,713 29 3 3 9 56.3% 8/109
T.Aikman DAL 547 11 469 12 4.5% 15 2.0% 547 2,998 3,632 19 1 4 12 57.0% 12/141
G.Frerotte WAS 545 12 511 11 9.3% 10 9.2% 426 2,515 2,889 17 4 1 12 51.0% 11/167
T.Dilfer TB 449 13 382 16 5.2% 12 3.3% 420 2,322 2,803 21 6 1 11 56.8% 7/184
E.Kramer CHI 445 14 394 14 3.6% 17 1.8% 503 2,864 3,238 14 3 5 14 57.8% 8/117
K.Stewart PIT 442 15 467 13 4.9% 14 6.6% 458 2,873 2,870 21 2 1 17 54.0% 2/29
S.Mitchell DET 353 16 327 19 -0.7% 18 -0.6% 548 3,165 3,214 19 9 4 13 58.6% 3/27
E.Grbac KC 342 17 383 15 5.1% 13 8.1% 329 1,782 2,154 11 1 0 5 57.9% 4/46
J.Harbaugh IND 311 18 285 20 3.8% 16 3.7% 348 1,752 2,098 10 1 2 4 62.2% 4/64
V.Testaverde BAL 306 19 339 17 -1.6% 20 0.3% 493 2,815 3,008 18 7 3 14 57.8% 5/97
T.Banks STL 292 20 188 22 -2.0% 21 -4.3% 535 2,892 2,984 14 5 5 13 52.2% 7/157
S.McNair TEN 267 21 331 18 -1.5% 19 1.2% 446 2,466 2,596 14 8 4 12 52.6% 7/177
J.Blake CIN 130 22 114 23 -5.3% 23 -5.6% 355 1,887 1,974 8 2 4 7 58.4% 6/116
T.Detmer PHI 118 23 90 24 -3.8% 22 -4.7% 262 1,467 1,465 7 5 1 6 55.6% 2/12
B.Hoying PHI 80 24 9 26 -6.0% 24 -9.3% 252 1,412 1,361 11 2 5 6 57.1% 2/44
N.O'Donnell NYJ 65 25 190 21 -9.1% 26 -4.6% 504 2,497 2,602 17 3 6 7 56.8% 10/161
K.Graham ARI 42 26 75 25 -8.6% 25 -5.8% 265 1,306 1,382 4 1 4 4 52.2% 4/42
D.Kanell NYG -7 27 -41 27 -11.5% 27 -11.9% 315 1,524 1,552 11 2 4 8 53.6% 10/203
J.Plummer ARI -137 28 -212 29 -17.7% 28 -20.8% 346 1,892 1,505 15 1 5 14 53.8% 6/94
S.Humphries SD -255 29 -142 28 -27.3% 31 -19.0% 245 1,332 920 5 2 5 6 54.0% 2/7
K.Collins CAR -393 30 -550 33 -26.0% 30 -31.1% 408 1,896 1,598 11 4 4 20 53.2% 4/46
T.Collins BUF -402 31 -278 30 -25.7% 29 -20.4% 430 2,094 1,678 12 6 2 13 55.1% 8/173
C.Whelihan SD -432 32 -461 31 -37.7% 32 -38.1% 261 1,168 721 6 3 3 10 49.8% 2/19
H.Shuler NO -532 33 -540 32 -51.6% 33 -51.2% 225 1,133 335 2 2 4 14 52.7% 4/43

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI
B.Esiason CIN 854 874 58.0% 59.0% 193 1,435 2,211 13 1 0 2 63.4% 4/72
P.Justin IND 373 345 30.6% 28.4% 149 964 1,221 5 0 1 3 59.7% 3/64
S.Beuerlein CAR 252 249 13.1% 14.5% 169 921 1,188 6 0 1 2 58.6% 4/53
G.Foley NYJ 243 301 29.3% 38.8% 98 671 815 3 0 1 1 59.6% 2/20
R.Gannon KC 173 203 2.8% 6.2% 187 1,047 1,233 7 2 3 3 56.6% 7/127
D.Brown NYG 141 126 0.6% -0.4% 193 941 1,160 5 0 1 3 52.5% 6/102
S.Matthews JAC 119 69 35.2% 20.4% 41 272 370 0 0 1 0 65.0% 1/2
R.Johnson JAC 113 109 43.4% 41.3% 34 315 321 2 0 0 1 78.6% 0/0
E.Zeier BAL 93 189 0.5% 12.9% 134 848 764 7 0 2 1 57.8% 1/32
J.Kitna SEA 78 132 14.3% 30.7% 48 347 351 1 1 0 2 70.5% 0/0
M.Tomczak PIT 66 86 33.0% 46.4% 24 185 209 1 0 0 2 66.7% 0/0
B.J.Tolliver 2TM 44 13 -5.5% -8.2% 132 574 684 5 6 0 1 55.7% 1/15
B.Brister DEN 9 12 6.4% 14.0% 9 48 56 0 0 0 0 66.7% 1/7
M.Rypien STL 3 -13 -9.9% -16.3% 40 261 205 0 0 0 2 48.7% 1/6
R.Peete PHI -12 1 -12.5% -9.6% 133 782 672 4 3 2 4 59.1% 1/4
J.Garrett DAL -13 -26 -24.9% -38.7% 16 38 56 0 0 0 0 71.4% 0/0
W.Wilson DAL -15 -33 -20.5% -29.6% 25 89 112 0 0 0 0 57.1% 2/10
R.Cunningham MIN -23 -94 -15.0% -26.2% 95 446 433 6 3 1 4 50.6% 0/0
J.Hostetler WAS -27 -137 -13.9% -23.5% 154 851 762 5 1 1 9 54.9% 3/39
B.Hobert 2TM -41 -67 -15.1% -17.7% 166 972 789 6 2 1 10 49.4% 2/19
C.Erickson MIA -49 -59 -37.8% -41.5% 32 131 81 0 2 0 1 46.4% 0/0
F.Reich DET -49 -67 -37.2% -44.6% 30 121 84 0 0 0 2 36.7% 0/0
S.Bono GB -54 -60 -106.9% -115.0% 11 14 -28 0 0 1 0 50.0% 0/0
S.Stenstrom CHI -73 -77 -74.2% -79.7% 16 51 -6 0 0 1 1 57.1% 1/10
S.Walsh TB -80 -97 -79.1% -91.6% 18 58 -14 0 1 0 1 35.3% 0/0
T.Philcox SD -89 -125 -54.6% -70.2% 35 129 44 0 2 0 1 59.3% 1/10
S.Case ARI -109 -159 -41.5% -54.4% 65 245 142 0 1 2 1 52.7% 0/0
T.Graziani ATL -111 -114 -90.4% -90.9% 24 34 -38 0 0 0 2 30.4% 0/0
J.Friesz SEA -117 -131 -62.7% -66.1% 38 125 23 0 1 0 2 42.9% 0/0
J.Brohm SF -121 -115 -74.0% -71.4% 29 126 -10 0 2 1 1 66.7% 0/0
J.Everett SD -122 -150 -39.8% -43.8% 80 419 185 1 2 0 4 48.0% 0/0
D.Nussmeier NO -219 -215 -104.7% -101.5% 40 144 -108 0 0 1 3 56.3% 0/0
D.Wuerffel NO -239 -283 -47.7% -52.3% 109 402 201 4 1 1 7 46.2% 4/68
J.Druckenmiller SF -246 -250 -84.1% -84.0% 57 203 -64 1 0 0 4 40.4% 0/0
A.Van Pelt BUF -275 -331 -44.2% -49.8% 128 650 296 2 2 1 10 49.2% 5/125
K.Holcomb IND -368 -339 -77.0% -69.3% 87 371 -51 1 1 3 7 61.6% 2/80
R.Mirer CHI -387 -417 -60.4% -64.6% 121 329 105 0 2 2 5 51.5% 0/0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 36 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
S.McNair TEN 179 1 181 1 23.0% 9 23.4% 87 677 787 8 5
K.Stewart PIT 150 2 151 2 18.6% 10 18.7% 79 486 727 11 3
M.Brunell JAC 94 3 91 3 39.0% 3 37.3% 37 264 352 2 2
E.Grbac KC 85 4 82 5 62.6% 1 60.6% 21 178 280 1 0
J.Blake CIN 83 5 89 4 28.9% 6 31.7% 39 240 341 3 1
R.Gannon KC 57 6 48 9 38.6% 4 30.7% 23 130 215 2 0
T.Dilfer TB 52 7 49 8 47.2% 2 44.3% 17 111 184 1 0
S.Young SF 49 8 58 6 15.8% 12 21.3% 35 212 242 3 0
J.Plummer ARI 47 9 51 7 13.1% 16 15.3% 36 220 244 2 0
B.Johnson MIN 39 10 42 10 14.6% 15 16.8% 24 149 197 0 0
J.Harbaugh IND 33 11 31 13 9.1% 17 7.8% 33 209 188 0 1
N.O'Donnell NYJ 32 12 32 12 28.4% 7 27.8% 16 83 133 1 0
B.Favre GB 31 13 33 11 2.7% 20 3.7% 36 210 221 1 1
D.Bledsoe NE 29 14 27 15 14.9% 14 12.6% 17 63 147 0 0
R.Cunningham MIN 28 15 28 14 24.9% 8 24.7% 15 137 120 0 0
J.Elway DEN 23 16 20 16 0.2% 22 -1.3% 36 217 191 1 3
W.Moon SEA 18 17 17 18 34.9% 5 32.1% 8 48 70 1 0
T.Detmer PHI 15 18 14 21 17.3% 11 15.7% 9 49 72 1 0
K.Collins CAR 14 19 16 19 6.5% 18 9.1% 14 72 89 1 0
V.Testaverde BAL 14 20 16 20 -1.1% 23 0.6% 24 144 123 0 1
D.Brown NYG 13 21 13 22 15.8% 13 15.2% 9 36 64 1 0
C.Chandler ATL 13 22 17 17 -3.7% 26 -0.7% 29 163 141 0 1
R.Mirer CHI 9 23 7 23 -2.6% 25 -4.8% 15 80 88 1 0
A.Van Pelt BUF 7 24 6 24 4.1% 19 2.9% 8 34 47 1 0
J.George OAK 5 25 5 25 1.8% 21 1.4% 9 52 35 0 0
C.Whelihan SD 4 26 -1 28 -2.5% 24 -14.3% 8 32 43 0 0
B.Hoying PHI -1 27 2 26 -13.3% 28 -8.4% 13 82 44 0 0
S.Mitchell DET -1 28 0 27 -13.1% 27 -12.1% 23 81 102 1 2
B.Hobert BUF -9 29 -6 29 -29.0% 31 -23.9% 10 46 18 0 0
E.Kramer CHI -13 30 -10 31 -21.8% 29 -19.2% 22 88 70 2 2
H.Shuler NO -15 31 -14 32 -31.2% 34 -30.1% 13 45 21 1 1
T.Aikman DAL -15 32 -9 30 -26.4% 30 -21.0% 20 79 41 0 1
K.Graham ARI -22 33 -16 33 -30.8% 33 -26.3% 13 23 34 2 0
T.Banks STL -28 34 -30 35 -29.8% 32 -31.0% 32 189 50 1 4
G.Frerotte WAS -30 35 -29 34 -39.7% 35 -38.9% 16 69 9 2 3
T.Collins BUF -48 36 -48 36 -61.6% 36 -62.2% 23 57 -40 0 2