Greg Cote

Drew Brees is ’15 champ, ekes past Tom Brady for 6th Herald title

New Orleans’ Drew Brees won Week 17 with a 46.15-point game and it proved just enough to leapfrog New England’s Tom Brady for the 2015 season championship in the Miami Herald’s Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterbacks rankings. The title was Brees’ sixth, tying Peyton Manning for the most in the 18-year history of the Herald chart. Brady, seeking his first crown since 2007, led 12 of the 17 weeks but faded late, and his poor finish in Miami in the season finale was the opening Brees seized. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill finishes in 13th place overall. 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 ratings 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 Top 35 for the 2015 season:

Player

LW

WK17

Season

1. Drew Brees, NO

2

46.15

575.80

2. Tom Brady, NE

1

9.70

565.50

3. Kirk Cousins, WAS

5

30.80

521.30

4. Philip Rivers, SD

4

21.40

520.60

5. Carson Palmer, ARI

3

5.45

516.55

6. Matthew Stafford, DET

7

45.90

509.10

7. Russell Wilson, SEA

6

33.85

504.50

8. Matt Ryan, ATL

8

31.70

484.55

9. Eli Manning, NYG

9

26.10

470.80

10. Cam Newton, CAR

13

41.65

437.85

11. Aaron Rodgers, GB

10

26.55

432.05

12. Derek Carr, OAK

12

18.70

418.35

13. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

18

40.50

417.50

14. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

17

37.45

417.15

15. Alex Smith, KC

14

16.80

412.30

16. Blake Bortles, JAC

15

7.95

401.40

17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ

11

1.05

401.25

18. Sam Bradford, PHI

21

46.00

396.25

19. Andy Dalton, CIN

16

DNP

390.50

20. Jay Cutler, CHI

19

20.25

381.95

21. Teddy Bridgewater, MIN

20

7.95

367.55

22. Tyrod Taylor, BUF

23

22.10

342.75

23. Jameis Winston, TB

22

21.25

342.20

24. Joe Flacco BAL

24

DNP

279.55

25. Marcus Mariota, TEN

25

DNP

271.90

26. Brian Hoyer, HOU

26

27.45

267.30

27. Josh McCown, CLE

27

DNP

214.45

28. Blaine Gabbert, SF

31

34.70

199.55

29. Brock Osweiler, DEN

29

15.60

196.35

30. Peyton Manning, DEN

28

8.45

192.45

31. Matt Hasselbeck, IND

30

DNP

174.50

32. Nick Foles, STL

32

DNP

156.60

33. Andrew Luck, IND

33

DNP

144.05

34. Colin Kaepernick, SF

34

DNP

137.75

35. B. Weeden, DAL-HOU

35

DNP

126.70

▪ Last week’s best: Brees, NO, 46.15 (32-42, 323, 1-0 in win). Season’s best: Brees, NO, 78.55 (Week 8). Record: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, 80.10 (2014).

▪ Week’s worst: Zach Mettenberger, TEN, minus-4.10 (5-13, 38, 0-1 in loss). Season’s worst: P. Manning, DEN, minus-20.25 (Week 10). Record: Tim Hasselback, WAS, minus-23.20 (2003).

MIAMI HERALD ALL-TIME PASS CHAMPIONS

Year

Champion

Total

2015

Drew Brees, NO

575.80

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

▪ Record: P. Manning, DEN, 714.85 (2013). Dolphins record: Ryan Tannehill, 481.25 (2014). Highest Dolphins finish: Fifth place by Dan Marino (1998) and Chad Pennington (2008).

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