Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Passer Rankings: Brees wins season championship, Tannehill finishes tenth

Saints quarterback Drew Brees
Saints quarterback Drew Brees AP

The Saints’ Drew Brees wins the Miami Herald’s 2014 Passer Success System (PASS) season championship with 583.60 points, edging the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger by 4.50 points in the second-closest finish in the chart’s 17-year history. It is Brees’ fifth season title. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill finishes in 10th place overall with a club-record 481.25 points. The Jets’ Geno Smith won Week 17 honors with 46.90 points. Our rankings are cumulative and use a simple formula unchanged since their inception in 1998, 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. The final season PASS Top 40 for 2014:

MIAMI HERALD FINAL 2014 PASS RANKINGS

Ranking

LW

WK17

Season

1. Drew Brees, NO

1

23.05

583.60

2. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

2

33.85

579.10

3. Peyton Manning, DEN

3

23.65

561.35

4. Aaron Rodgers, GB

4

34.30

540.05

5. Matt Ryan, ATL

6

18.00

508.70

6. Andrew Luck, IND

7

22.00

508.05

7. Tom Brady, NE

5

4.00

502.45

8. Tony Romo, DAL

9

32.95

493.25

9. Philip Rivers, SD

8

14.55

486.30

10. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

10

22.95

481.25

11. Eli Manning, NYG

11

24.45

455.50

12. Joe Flacco, BAL

14

34.60

427.30

13. Jay Cutler, CHI

12

18.60

424.60

14. Matthew Stafford, DET

13

18.85

421.35

15. Russell Wilson, SEA

16

22.95

390.75

16. Alex Smith, KC

15

DNP

385.25

17. Andy Dalton, CIN

17

28.20

364.40

18. Kyle Orton, BUF

18

25.80

336.90

19. Colin Kaepernick, SF

19

25.20

334.45

20. Derek Carr, OAK

20

7.90

302.50

21. Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

21

24.45

297.95

22. Cam Newton, CAR

23

17.70

277.85

23. Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU

22

DNP

263.15

24. Brian Hoyer, CLE

24

DNP

246.95

25. Mark Sanchez, PHI

26

32.60

240.90

26. Blake Bortles, JAC

25

0.85

227.35

27. Geno Smith, NYJ

30

46.90

212.25

28. Nick Foles, PHI

27

DNP

206.15

29. Austin Davis, STL

28

DNP

200.90

30. Carson Palmer, ARI

29

DNP

189.30

31. Robert Griffin III, WAS

34

26.80

163.70

32. Shaun Hill, STL

33

21.15

161.85

33. Josh McCown, TB

35

10.75

147.30

34. Drew Stanton, ARI

31

DNP

143.45

35. Kirk Cousins, WAS

32

DNP

142.50

36t. Mike Glennon, TB

36t

DNP

118.85

36t. Colt McCoy, WAS

36t

DNP

118.85

38. Charlie Whitehurst, TEN

38

2.60

111.30

39. Zach Mettenberger, TEN

39

DNP

108.60

40. Derek Anderson, CAR

40

DNP

93.05

▪ Last week’s best: Smith NYJ, 46.90 (20-25, 358, 3-0 in win). Season best: Roethlisberger PIT, 80.10. PASS record: Roethlisberger PIT, 80.10 (2014).

▪ Last week’s worst: Bortles JAC, 0.85 (14-33, 117, 0-0 in loss). Season worst: Dalton CIN, minus-17.70. PASS record: Tim Hasselbebck WAS, minus-23.20 (2003).

▪ Dolphins PASS record: Ryan Tannehill, 481.25 (2014). Previous best: Chad Pennington, 439.65 (2008).

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

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

▪ 2014 weekly titles: 3—Manning DEN; 2—Brees NO, Rivers SD and Roethlisberger PIT; 1 each—Brady NE, Cutler CHI, Fitzpatrick HOU, Luck IND, Ryan ATL, Smith NYJ, Stafford DET and Tannehill MIA.

▪ 2014 weeks leading: 6—Luck IND; 4—Manning DEN; 3—Brees NO and Roethlisberger PIT; 1—Ryan ATL.

YEARLY MIAMI HERALD PASS CHAMPIONS

Season

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

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