Greg Cote: Saints’ Drew Brees moves to second place in Miami Herald PASS rankings

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass around Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass around Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The Saints’ Drew Brees scored his first weekly title of the season with a 54.60-point Week 8 performance in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings. He’s now in second place behind Peyton Manning. Brees is a four-time PASS champion, winning consecutive season crowns from 2008 to ’11. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill holds steady in 19th place. This is the 16th season for the Miami Herald rankings, and our simple formula remains unchanged since its inception in 1998, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. These are passer rankings per se and do not weigh a QB’s running ability. Most rating systems, including the NFL’s and ESPN’s, are complicated and percentile based, allowing players who miss half a season to still win a passing title. Our rankings are cumulative, placing a premium on passers who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. Because they are cumulative, QBs on a bye take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of a season. Find our updated weekly 2013 rankings in this space every Sunday.


1. Peyton Manning, DEN141.70390.95
2. Drew Brees, NO554.60281.50
3. Philip Rivers, SD2BYE276.60
4. Matthew Stafford, DET644.40269.85
5. Tony Romo, DAL317.30264.70
6. Andy Dalton, CIN741.25256.45
7. Aaron Rodgers, GB844.25252.55
8. Matt Ryan, ATL413.05247.15
9. Alex Smith, KC1434.25196.75
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT1223.75193.50
11. Russell Wilson, SEA1319.95188.40
12. Jay Cutler, CHI9BYE185.80
13. Sam Bradford, STL10DNP185.35
14. Cam Newton, CAR2136.05178.60
15. Andrew Luck, IND11BYE175.10
16. Carson Palmer, ARI2024.60167.65
17. Tom Brady, NE1814.80165.20
18. Joe Flacco, BAL15BYE161.85
19. Ryan Tannehill, MIA1911.60158.45
20. Robert Griffin III, WAS173.60154.90

Dropout: Matt Schaub, HOU, 16th to 21st.

Bubble: Schaub, HOU, 151.60.

Week’s best: Brees, NO, 54.60 (26-34, 332, 5-0 in win).

Week’s worst: Kellen Clemens, STL, 0.90 (15-31, 158, 0-2 in loss).

Note: Thursday-night results included in following week’s chart.

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