2008 NFL QUARTERBACK RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 3/31/2020

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.

Total QBR (listed as just QBR) is a metric created by the ESPN Stats & Information group. Total QBR is based on the by the quarterback on each play, then adjusts the numbers to a scale of 0-100. QBR as displayed here is adjusted for opponent. There are four 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.

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.
  • ALEX represents Air Less EXpected on third downs, the average difference between the length of the quarterback's throw and the distance needed for a new set of downs. The number listed here only includes third downs and is not adjusted for passes thrown away or batted down.

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, 34 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
D.Brees NO 1,694 1 1,565 1 28.6% 3 25.5% 65.7 8 645 4,933 5,738 34 3 1 16 65.8% 2/29 2.0
P.Manning IND 1,554 2 1,552 2 30.0% 2 29.9% 76.5 1 567 3,916 5,155 27 0 0 11 67.1% 5/51 2.0
P.Rivers SD 1,347 3 1,444 3 30.3% 1 33.3% 63.2 10 503 3,850 4,453 34 2 4 11 65.5% 7/143 3.0
K.Warner ARI 1,160 4 1,199 6 16.5% 8 17.5% 68.5 4 625 4,379 4,954 30 4 7 12 67.8% 7/98 -1.0
J.Cutler DEN 1,141 5 1,292 4 17.0% 7 19.9% 61.9 13 626 4,438 4,956 25 3 0 18 62.9% 4/92 2.6
C.Pennington MIA 1,030 6 1,254 5 21.1% 5 28.1% 65.7 7 502 3,553 3,975 19 2 1 7 67.7% 1/28 0.2
M.Ryan ATL 1,012 7 875 7 25.3% 4 20.3% 68.8 3 451 3,330 3,609 16 3 1 11 61.3% 4/89 2.1
E.Manning NYG 840 8 749 9 14.0% 9 11.2% 66.9 6 505 3,048 3,838 21 3 2 9 60.6% 10/134 1.2
D.McNabb PHI 816 9 847 8 9.7% 13 10.4% 54.9 20 590 3,734 4,273 23 0 4 11 61.2% 5/76 2.4
M.Schaub HOU 767 10 586 12 18.0% 6 11.1% 67.3 5 400 2,860 3,163 15 4 4 10 67.5% 7/77 -0.9
A.Rodgers GB 708 11 746 10 8.5% 14 9.6% 62.9 11 569 3,775 3,859 28 6 3 13 64.5% 2/32 2.6
T.Romo DAL 705 12 568 15 12.9% 11 8.0% 60.8 15 473 3,265 3,354 26 4 6 14 61.9% 2/25 3.8
J.Delhomme CAR 696 13 685 11 13.2% 10 12.9% 55.5 19 436 3,188 3,249 15 1 3 12 59.8% 4/37 0.8
K.Collins TEN 583 14 557 16 9.8% 12 8.8% 57.4 18 426 2,612 3,044 12 4 1 7 58.6% 4/100 1.7
D.Garrard JAC 567 15 481 17 4.1% 16 1.8% 58.7 16 575 3,337 3,764 15 3 3 11 63.0% 6/122 0.8
J.Garcia TB 467 16 568 14 6.9% 15 10.8% 69.3 2 396 2,591 2,721 12 3 2 6 66.0% 0/0 1.4
J.Campbell WAS 462 17 389 18 2.6% 17 0.4% 58.5 17 541 2,985 3,346 13 5 1 5 62.6% 1/21 -2.3
M.Cassel NE 458 18 585 13 1.1% 19 4.5% 63.4 9 564 3,468 3,654 21 3 4 11 63.9% 2/32 1.1
J.Flacco BAL 232 19 133 24 -3.0% 20 -6.5% 47.1 24 461 2,729 2,606 14 5 2 11 60.4% 3/57 1.1
S.Wallace SEA 203 20 195 21 1.6% 18 1.1% 61.3 14 255 1,458 1,561 11 1 3 3 58.8% 3/24 -0.3
K.Orton CHI 161 21 152 23 -6.2% 23 -6.5% 48.2 23 491 2,792 2,836 18 1 3 12 58.9% 4/83 2.4
T.Edwards BUF 137 22 331 19 -5.8% 22 1.8% 43.1 28 397 2,554 2,254 11 3 4 10 65.9% 3/38 -1.6
B.Roethlisberger PIT 97 23 29 27 -8.1% 25 -10.2% 47.1 25 516 3,025 2,734 17 7 5 13 60.7% 3/93 2.7
B.Favre NYJ 94 24 320 20 -8.6% 26 -2.6% 43.4 27 550 3,246 3,136 22 5 2 21 66.3% 10/107 0.9
D.Orlovsky DET 86 25 71 26 -4.8% 21 -7.0% 42.0 29 270 1,510 1,530 8 3 0 7 56.5% 3/42 2.6
S.Hill SF 65 26 193 22 -8.0% 24 -1.7% 62.1 12 310 1,887 1,740 13 6 1 8 63.7% 3/25 1.6
T.Thigpen KC 35 27 106 25 -9.9% 27 -7.5% 50.7 22 442 2,444 2,418 18 2 0 11 55.3% 5/56 1.8
G.Frerotte MIN -112 28 -98 28 -16.4% 28 -15.8% 36.1 31 331 1,991 1,555 12 3 1 15 59.3% 6/143 0.8
D.Anderson CLE -123 29 -254 30 -17.5% 29 -24.4% 44.4 26 300 1,519 1,379 9 6 1 8 50.2% 2/8 1.4
J.Russell OAK -265 30 -149 29 -21.6% 30 -17.0% 29.2 33 400 2,217 1,678 13 4 7 8 54.3% 4/98 1.9
R.Fitzpatrick CIN -320 31 -457 34 -22.9% 31 -28.1% 52.5 21 408 1,707 1,736 8 4 4 8 59.7% 3/55 3.2
M.Hasselbeck SEA -402 32 -328 32 -38.9% 33 -33.8% 36.3 30 228 1,086 619 5 1 0 10 52.4% 2/30 1.6
M.Bulger STL -406 33 -296 31 -24.7% 32 -21.0% 36.1 32 482 2,483 1,867 11 1 4 12 57.3% 5/78 -0.2
J.T.O'Sullivan SF -509 34 -387 33 -43.4% 34 -35.6% 27.4 34 252 1,493 578 8 4 6 11 58.4% 5/101 1.5

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
T.Jackson MIN 166 157 4.8% 3.9% 57.8 161 976 1,062 9 1 2 2 59.9% 3/76 1.7
B.Leftwich PIT 160 155 59.3% 57.2% 97.3 38 281 400 2 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0 4.5
S.Rosenfels HOU 131 84 -0.7% -4.4% 51.3 184 1,381 1,195 6 2 1 10 67.8% 2/16 0.5
D.Carr NYG 121 106 130.2% 112.7% 88.2 13 113 233 2 0 0 0 75.0% 1/24 12.0
J.Sorgi IND 98 53 33.7% 13.4% 85.9 30 178 309 0 0 0 0 73.3% 0/0 0.8
T.Brady NE 11 20 1.9% 13.9% 59.5 11 78 80 0 0 0 0 63.6% 0/0 0.0
B.Croyle KC 9 7 -6.5% -7.3% 66.5 30 141 169 0 0 0 0 69.0% 0/0 0.5
C.Henne MIA 5 13 -6.1% 3.9% 88.0 12 67 78 0 0 0 0 58.3% 0/0 3.0
C.Palmer CIN -6 -117 -11.8% -24.1% 65.0 141 662 717 3 2 0 4 60.0% 3/26 1.1
D.Stanton DET -29 -18 -33.4% -25.2% 31.0 23 84 67 1 0 0 0 52.9% 0/0 6.4
M.Leinart ARI -39 -34 -30.5% -27.9% 18.2 31 248 109 1 1 1 1 51.7% 0/0 3.8
B.Bollinger DAL -60 -67 -62.5% -68.4% 16.2 20 49 12 1 0 0 1 58.8% 0/0 -2.4
C.Frye SEA -65 -89 -50.8% -65.5% 10.5 26 64 44 2 0 0 2 52.2% 0/0 -0.1
B.Griese TB -79 -83 -17.7% -18.0% 47.7 192 995 868 5 0 1 7 60.4% 1/33 -0.9
J.Palmer CIN -79 -94 -95.0% -110.3% 7.2 14 30 -32 0 0 0 1 58.3% 0/0 1.8
R.Grossman CHI -86 -107 -31.9% -36.9% 23.6 65 249 217 2 0 0 2 52.4% 0/0 3.6
B.Quinn CLE -101 -5 -28.8% -12.1% 40.5 90 509 322 2 0 0 2 50.6% 0/0 0.6
J.Kitna DET -120 -163 -25.0% -30.1% 19.5 135 663 530 5 2 1 5 57.1% 2/35 2.5
K.Kolb PHI -154 -191 -82.6% -99.5% 4.7 34 144 -36 0 0 0 4 50.0% 0/0 0.3
V.Young TEN -164 -135 -75.2% -63.8% 5.3 39 203 -17 1 2 0 2 61.1% 1/16 -1.3
D.Culpepper DET -226 -336 -39.4% -53.1% 26.7 128 687 334 4 3 1 6 53.5% 0/0 3.4
A.Walter OAK -227 -248 -82.3% -89.0% 1.7 53 163 -52 0 1 0 3 45.8% 0/0 -2.6
B.Johnson DAL -231 -256 -55.3% -60.2% 26.2 87 358 106 2 1 0 5 52.6% 1/6 -1.7
T.Green STL -233 -208 -58.8% -53.8% 17.1 78 467 76 0 0 0 6 52.8% 1/4 1.7
B.Gradkowski CLE -241 -276 -197.7% -224.3% 0.6 25 8 -224 0 0 0 3 33.3% 0/0 -7.8
D.Huard KC -252 -241 -59.3% -57.3% 25.6 90 414 79 2 2 1 4 62.5% 0/0 -1.7
K.Dorsey CLE -284 -380 -60.0% -76.6% 19.6 98 320 82 0 2 0 6 47.3% 1/29 -2.1
J.P.Losman BUF -357 -328 -62.3% -58.1% 30.9 116 465 78 2 2 3 4 63.0% 0/0 1.0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 32 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Campbell WAS 84 1 79 2 41.5% 2 38.7% 31 273 309 1 0
R.Fitzpatrick CIN 80 2 77 3 18.6% 6 17.3% 48 308 373 2 2
M.Cassel NE 72 3 70 5 12.5% 10 11.7% 50 291 382 2 0
D.Garrard JAC 72 4 75 4 7.4% 11 8.5% 64 328 434 2 1
T.Thigpen KC 71 5 80 1 12.7% 9 15.8% 56 386 375 3 2
A.Rodgers GB 65 6 60 6 13.1% 8 11.2% 42 211 338 4 0
S.Hill SF 36 7 39 7 22.2% 5 25.3% 17 117 159 2 1
J.P.Losman BUF 32 8 32 8 56.7% 1 56.0% 8 66 110 2 1
C.Pennington MIA 30 9 27 11 34.4% 4 29.8% 13 77 117 1 0
J.Russell OAK 27 10 31 9 14.8% 7 18.3% 15 129 137 1 1
M.Hasselbeck SEA 26 11 27 12 40.7% 3 42.6% 11 69 96 0 0
T.Edwards BUF 25 12 30 10 6.1% 14 9.5% 25 130 160 3 2
J.T.O'Sullivan SF 18 13 17 14 7.0% 13 6.0% 22 151 112 0 1
M.Schaub HOU 18 14 8 18 2.6% 15 -5.8% 21 76 129 2 2
J.Garcia TB 13 15 15 15 -4.7% 17 -3.3% 30 143 159 1 2
J.Cutler DEN 12 16 20 13 -5.8% 18 -1.9% 40 215 174 2 2
K.Collins TEN 9 17 12 16 7.3% 12 12.7% 8 61 55 0 0
S.Wallace SEA 7 18 8 17 -1.2% 16 0.8% 12 81 61 0 0
J.Flacco BAL 1 19 -4 22 -11.3% 19 -14.5% 32 189 129 2 4
T.Romo DAL -1 20 -6 23 -14.4% 21 -21.2% 11 58 43 0 1
P.Rivers SD -2 21 5 19 -13.7% 20 -8.3% 21 89 92 0 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT -6 22 -12 25 -16.7% 22 -21.3% 23 110 79 2 2
K.Orton CHI -6 23 3 20 -18.9% 24 -8.8% 15 54 54 3 2
T.Jackson MIN -7 24 1 21 -18.4% 23 -11.2% 21 136 68 0 2
D.Brees NO -8 25 -10 24 -25.8% 25 -28.8% 8 34 24 0 1
D.Culpepper DET -17 26 -25 26 -36.8% 28 -48.2% 12 24 11 1 1
P.Manning IND -22 27 -28 27 -37.7% 29 -45.0% 10 31 11 1 1
S.Rosenfels HOU -29 28 -30 28 -63.9% 31 -66.2% 9 38 -27 0 1
D.Anderson CLE -31 29 -40 31 -42.3% 30 -51.4% 18 52 3 0 2
D.McNabb PHI -40 30 -39 30 -32.3% 26 -31.7% 34 151 51 2 3
M.Ryan ATL -40 31 -33 29 -33.5% 27 -29.6% 31 126 43 1 2
B.Favre NYJ -42 32 -45 32 -71.9% 32 -76.6% 12 41 -47 1 3