Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Ranking: Miami Herald QB ranking begins 18th season

Welcome to the 18th season of the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) quarterback rankings, a staple of our NFL coverage since 1998. Four season champions are in the 2015 field: six-time winner Peyton Manning and five-time champ Drew Brees have dominated our chart over the years. Other active ex-winners are Tom Brady (2007) and Carson Palmer (2005). Our rankings are cumulative and use a simple formula unchanged since their inception, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD/interception ratio and team result. Most rating systems including the NFL’s and ESPN’s are complicated and percent based, allowing players who miss half a season to still win a title. Our rankings place a premium on consistently productive passers who avoid injury or benching. Watch for our updated Top 20 rankings in this space every Sunday beginning next week.

MIAMI HERALD PASS CHAMPIONS

Year

Player

Total

2014

Drew Brees, NO

583.60

2013

Peyton Manning, DEN

714.85

2012

Peyton Manning, DEN

593.35

2011

Drew Brees, NO

713.80

2010

Drew Brees, NO

557.00

2009

Drew Brees, NO

565.35

2008

Drew Brees, NO

535.45

2007

Tom Brady, NE

664.30

2006

Peyton Manning, IND

512.85

2005

Carson Palmer, CIN

487.80

2004

Peyton Manning, IND

579.85

2003

Peyton Manning, IND

522.35

2002

Rich Gannon, OAK

555.45

2001

Kurt Warner, STL

557.50

2000

Peyton Manning, IND

467.65

1999

Kurt Warner, STL

517.95

1998

Steve Young, SF

462.50

Season record: Manning (DEN), 714.85 (2013).

Dolphins record: Ryan Tannehill, 481.25 (2014).

Best week: Ben Roethlisberger (PIT), 80.10 (2014).

Worst week: Tim Hasselbeck (WAS), minus-23.30 (2003).

Career titles: 6—Manning (IND/DEN). 5—Brees (NO). 2—Warner (STL). 1 each—Brady (NE); Gannon (OAK), Palmer (CIN) and Young (SF).

FINAL 2014 TOP 10

Player

Total

1. Drew Brees, NO

583.60

2. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

579.10

3. Peyton Manning, DEN

561.35

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

540.05

5. Matt Ryan, ATL

508.70

6. Andrew Luck, IND

508.05

7. Tom Brady, NE

502.45

8. Tony Romo, DAL

493.25

9. Philip Rivers, SD

486.30

10. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

481.25

Season’s best week: Roethlisberger (PIT), 80.10.

Season’s worst week: Andy Dalton (CIN), minus-17.70.

Most weeks leading: Luck (IND), 6.

Most weekly titles: Manning (DEN), 3.

THE PASS FORMULA

Accuracy: Two points each per completion, minus total attempts. Example: 20 for 30 equals 10 points. Yardage: Five percent of total. Example: 250 passing yards equals 12.5 points. TD/INT ratio: Difference times three. Example: 3 TDs and 1 interception equals six points. Team result: Five bonus points for winning QB.

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