Quarterbacks (15)

Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Steve Young.

Modern Positional Average

Quarterbacks: Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Steve Young.


Note that three of these QBs (Aikman, Marino & Young) competed in the 1990’s where offensive output is not what it is today.  This is one of the reasons why we are adding Super Bowls and Super Bowl appearances to offset this and since Quarterbacks are graded on that accomplishment more than all other positions combined, it seems appropriate.  Please also note that while Quarterbacks are not initially thought of based on their rushing totals, more and more pivots act as a dual threat, and this helps to offset those who aid their offense as much as with their legs as they do with their arm.

Stats

  • Games 200.4
  • Approximate Value 175.5
  • AV/G 0.8752
  • Pro Bowls 7.4
  • First Team All-Pros 2.2
  • Passing Yards 46122
  • Touchdown Passes 306.6
  • Rushing Yards 1537.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns 15.8
  • Super Bowls 1.6
  • Super Bowl Appearances 2.6

Brady destroys every categorical average but Rushing Yards, but nobody cares about that.  The ageless one won’t even require a discussion when he enters his first year of eligibility.  This could be the biggest lock in Pro Football Hall of Fame discussion.

Stats

  • Games 269 (+68.6)
  • Approximate Value 269 (+93.5)
  • AV/G 1.0000 (+0.1248)
  • Pro Bowls 14 (+6.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 3 (+0.8)
  • Passing Yards 70514 (+24392)
  • Touchdown Passes 517 (+210.4)
  • Rushing Yards 1003 (-534.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 19 (+3.2)
  • Super Bowls 6 (+4.4)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 9 (+6.4)
Like Brady, Brees falls below the Rushing Yard average, but unlike Brady he is lower in Super Bowls and First Team All-Pros in the Modern Categorical Average.  None of that matters as he has the ring, could get another and is still adding to his all-time leading Passing Yard mark.  He is first ballot and a headliner unless Brady retires in the same year that he does.

Stats

  • Games 264 (+63.6)
  • Approximate Value 256 (+80.5)
  • AV/G 0.9697 (+0.0945)
  • Pro Bowls 12 (+4.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.2)
  • Passing Yards 74437 (+28315)
  • Touchdown Passes 520 (+213.4)
  • Rushing Yards 758 (-779.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 22 (+6.2)
  • Super Bowls 1 (-0.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 1 (-1.6)
Going into 2019, Aaron Rodgers actually has a higher AV/G than Brady and Brees, and is only 5 Approximate Value Points form exceeding the MPA.  A healthy Rodgers is a Pro Bowler, and that would make eight, which also gives him the MPA.  He also only needs 3,178 Passing Yards for that metric’s MPA, and that should not be a problem for him.  Rodgers has a Hall of Fame resume right now and another “Rodgers like” season puts him in lock category.

Stats

  • Games 165 (-35.4)
  • Approximate Value 170 (-5.5)
  • AV/G 1.0303 (+0.1551)
  • Pro Bowls 7 (-0.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 2 (-0.2)
  • Passing Yards 42944 (-3178)
  • Touchdown Passes 338 (+31.4)
  • Rushing Yards 2939 (+1401.4)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 27 (+11.2)
  • Super Bowls 1 (-0.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 1 (-1.6)
Roethlisberger’s two Super Bowl rings will be the first thing that anyone thinks about with “Big Ben”, but his lack of a First Team All-Pro does illustrate that he was never considered the best QB at any time of his career.

Stats

  • Games 216 (+15.6)
  • Approximate Value 185 (+9.5)
  • AV/G 0.8565 (-0.0187)
  • Pro Bowls 6 (-1.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 56194 (+10072)
  • Touchdown Passes 363 (+56.4)
  • Rushing Yards 1350 (-187.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 19 (+3.2)
  • Super Bowls 2 (+0.4)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 2 (-0.6)
Ryan should pass the MPA for Approximate Value and Touchdown Passes this year and while this rank seems high, his overall stats at his age are in line with the top Quarterbacks on this list.  Also, this is a former MVP and if he would have won that Super Bowl, he probably would be talked about a lot more than he currently is.

Stats

  • Games 174 (-26.4)
  • Approximate Value 166 (-9.5)
  • AV/G 0.9540 (+0.0788)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-3.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 1 (-1.2)
  • Passing Yards 46720 (+598)
  • Touchdown Passes 295 (-11.6)
  • Rushing Yards 1148 (-389.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 8 (-7.8)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 1 (-1.6)
While Rivers has never been a First Team All-Pro or a Super Bowl participant, he does have the traditional stats that fit the MPA for a Quarterback.  If he and the Chargers make (and win) a Super Bowl, he should be a lock.

Stats

  • Games 212 (+11.6)
  • Approximate Value 191 (+15.5)
  • AV/G 0.9094 (+0.0342)
  • Pro Bowls 8 (+0.6)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 54656 (+8534)
  • Touchdown Passes 374 (+67.4)
  • Rushing Yards 580 (-957.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 3 (-12.8)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0 (-2.6)
Eli’s two Super Bowl wins will always keep in the conversation, but when looking at his AV/G and that he has yet to hit the Approximate Value for his respective MPA, he is in trouble; especially considering he could easily lose his starting QB job this year.

Stats

  • Games 232 (+31.6)
  • Approximate Value 162 (-13.5)
  • AV/G 0.6983 (-0.1769)
  • Pro Bowls 4 (-3.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 55981 (+9859)
  • Touchdown Passes 360 (+53.4)
  • Rushing Yards 560 (-977.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 7 (-8.8)
  • Super Bowls 2 (+0.4)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 2 (-0.6)

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One of the few players with an AV/G over 1.0000, Wilson may not have a First Team All-Pro on his resume but he has the Super Bowl Ring and many years to go.

Stats

  • Games 112 (-88.4)
  • Approximate Value 114 (-61.5)
  • AV/G 1.0179 (+0.1427)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-2.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 25624 (-20498)
  • Touchdown Passes 196 (-110.6)
  • Rushing Yards 3651 (+2113.4)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 16 (+0.2)
  • Super Bowls 1 (-0.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 2 (-0.6)
While Newton does not have the passing numbers, much of that is die to his legs as he is a true dual threat pivot.  A former MVP, Newton is well over the AV/G for his position.  As of this writing, Newton is the main reason we have added Rushing Yards and Rushing Touchdowns as MPAs for Quarterbacks.

Stats

  • Games 122 (-78.4)
  • Approximate Value 123 (-52.5)
  • AV/G 0.9919 (+0.1167)
  • Pro Bowls 5 (-2.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 28469 (-17653)
  • Touchdown Passes 182 (-124.6)
  • Rushing Yards 4808 (+3270.4)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 58 (+42.2)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 1 (-1.6)
Stafford is piling up good overall stats but he needs more than one Pro Bowl and a deep playoff run in his resume.  He won’t get the latter this year.

Stats

  • Games 141 (-59.4)
  • Approximate Value 110 (-65.5)
  • AV/G 0.78014 (-0.09506)
  • Pro Bowls 1 (-6.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 38526 (-7596)
  • Touchdown Passes 237 (-69.6)
  • Rushing Yards 1020 (-517.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 14 (-1.8)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0 (-2.6)
Dalton has played his entire career with the Bengals and is still capable of a monster year that could catapult him up this list.

Stats

  • Games 120 (-80.4)
  • Approximate Value 91 (-84.5)
  • AV/G 0.7583 (-0.1169)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-4.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 28100 (-18022)
  • Touchdown Passes 188 (-118.6)
  • Rushing Yards 1148 (-389.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 18 (+2.2)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0 (-2.6)
The hard luck Quarterback might lose his job to Dwayne Haskins this year but his overall career eclipses more QBs than you think.

Stats

  • Games 166 (-34.4)
  • Approximate Value 114 (-61.5)
  • AV/G 0.6867 (-0.1885)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-4.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 34068 (-12054)
  • Touchdown Passes 193 (-113.6)
  • Rushing Yards 2601 (+1063.4)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 15 (-0.8)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0 (-2.6)
While Joe Flacco has never been a Pro Bowl Selection, and isn’t likely to ever be one, he is a Super Bowl Championship Quarterback, and in this era that will mean he will be discussed for Canton.

Stats

  • Games 163 (-37.4)
  • Approximate Value 113 (-62.5)
  • AV/G 0.6933 (-0.1819)
  • Pro Bowls 0 (-7.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 38245 (-7877)
  • Touchdown Passes 212 (-94.6)
  • Rushing Yards 811 (-726.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 16 (+0.2)
  • Super Bowls 1 (-0.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 1 (-1.6)
Carr has been a Pro Bowl Selection three out of five years and Oakland is expected to be better this year.  Could this equal a fourth Pro Bowl?

Stats

  • Games 78 (-122.4)
  • Approximate Value 50 (-125.5)
  • AV/G 0.6410 (-0.2342)
  • Pro Bowls 3 (-4.4)
  • First Team All-Pros 0 (-2.2)
  • Passing Yards 18739 (-27383)
  • Touchdown Passes 122 (-184.6)
  • Rushing Yards 413 (-1124.6)
  • Rushing Touchdowns 1 (-14.8)
  • Super Bowls 0 (-1.6)
  • Super Bowl Appearances 0 (-2.6)