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Yesterday, I looked at the best seasons in TD/INT Ratios after adjusting for era. Today? The worst, using the same formula.

Only one quarterback has ever qualified for the league passing crown but also failed to throw a touchdown: Bobby Hoying in 1998. That season is the only thing keeping rookie Ryan Leaf from the bottom of this table.

Here’s how to read it, using Leaf as an example. Leaf threw 2 TDs and 15 INTs in 1998, a 0.13 TD/INT Ratio on 245 passes. Leaf averaged 0.82 TD passes per 100 attempts – a laughably low number that is one of just four below 1.00 seasons — when the league average was 4.23. As a result, meaning he was at just 19% of league average. He threw 6.12 interceptions per 100 attempts, when the league average was 3.27, so he was at just 53% of league average. Multiply those two numbers (19%, 53%) and Leaf has a value of just 0.10, second worst in NFL history. That said, Hoying was so bad he would have needed two touchdown throws to move out of the cellar:

RkQBTeamYearTDINTTD/INTAttTD/ALgAvgTD+INT/ALgAvgINT+VALUE
1Bobby HoyingPHI1998090.002240.004.230%4.023.2781%0.00
2Ryan LeafSDG19982150.132450.824.2319%6.123.2753%0.10
3Jim NinowskiDET19602180.112830.715.3413%6.367.13112%0.15
4Trent DilferTAM19954180.224150.964.1223%4.342.8165%0.15
5Andrew WalterOAK20063130.232761.093.8928%4.713.0565%0.18
6JaMarcus RussellOAK20093110.272461.224.2329%4.473.0869%0.20
7Joe KappBOS19703170.182191.374.3432%7.765.0265%0.20
8Jimmy ClausenCAR2010390.332991.004.4722%3.012.7892%0.21
9Frank Tripucka2TM19523170.181861.615.5129%9.147.0177%0.22
10Dan DarraghBUF19683140.212151.405.0827%6.515.6186%0.24
11Mike PhippsCLE19754190.213131.284.3829%6.075.0283%0.24
12Jack JacobsGNB19485210.241842.726.6641%11.416.9361%0.25
13Mark MalonePIT19876190.323361.794.6239%5.653.6965%0.25
14Dan PastoriniHOU19735170.292901.725.0634%5.864.4876%0.26
15Peyton ManningDEN20159170.533312.724.5959%5.142.3245%0.27
16Dick WoodMIA19664140.292301.745.4132%6.095.0984%0.27
17Bud SchwenkCRD19426270.222952.035.5137%9.156.7974%0.27
18Randy WrightGNB19884130.312441.644.0540%5.333.6368%0.28
19George HerringDEN19615220.232112.375.1246%10.436.2760%0.28
20Joe NamathNYJ19764160.252301.744.2441%6.964.7368%0.28
21Norm SneadNYG19737220.322352.985.0659%9.364.4848%0.28
22Bruce MathisonBUF19854140.292281.754.2042%6.144.1768%0.28
23Terry BradshawPIT19706240.252182.754.3463%11.015.0246%0.29
24Karl SweetanDET19664140.293091.294.6928%4.534.76105%0.29
25Vince FerragamoBUF19855170.292871.744.2041%5.924.1770%0.29
26Johnny LujackCHI19504210.192541.574.8832%8.277.6993%0.30
27Jake PlummerARI19999240.383812.364.0558%6.303.3052%0.31
28Matt CasselKAN20126120.502772.174.2851%4.332.6260%0.31
29Jake DelhommeCAR20098180.443212.494.2359%5.613.0855%0.32
30Craig WhelihanSDG19988190.423202.504.2359%5.943.2755%0.33
31Lamar McHanCRD19546220.272552.355.1945%8.636.2172%0.33
32John HadlGNB19756210.293531.704.3839%5.955.0284%0.33
33Don MajkowskiGNB1991380.382261.333.6237%3.543.2191%0.33
34Vinny TestaverdeTAM198813350.374662.794.0569%7.513.6348%0.33
35Geno SmithNYJ201312210.574432.714.5160%4.742.6756%0.34
36Joe PisarcikNYG19774140.292411.664.2039%5.815.0487%0.34
37Jim PlunkettNWE19728250.323552.254.6449%7.044.9871%0.34
38Mark RypienWAS19934100.403191.253.5735%3.133.15101%0.35
39Nick FolesSTL20157100.703372.084.5945%2.972.3278%0.35
40Rick MirerSEA19965120.422651.893.9947%4.533.4175%0.36
41Blake BortlesJAX201411170.654752.324.5551%3.582.5070%0.36
42Billy Joe TolliverNOR19997160.442682.614.0564%5.973.3055%0.36
43Brett FavreMIN201011190.583583.074.4769%5.312.7852%0.36
44Kerry CollinsCAR199711210.523812.893.9873%5.512.7450%0.36
45Bill NelsenPIT19658170.472702.965.8551%6.304.5172%0.36
46Kellen ClemensNYJ20075100.502502.004.1848%4.003.0977%0.37
47Terrelle PryorOAK20137110.642722.574.5157%4.042.6766%0.38
48Cotton Davidson2TM19627230.303212.185.5240%7.176.8295%0.38
49Rodney PeeteDET19936140.432522.383.5767%5.563.1557%0.38
50Neil LomaxSTL19814100.402361.694.2640%4.244.0596%0.38
51Gary HuffCHI19746170.352832.124.1551%6.014.4875%0.38
52Zeke BratkowskiCHI19606210.291753.435.3464%12.007.1359%0.38
53Gary HuffCHI1975390.332051.464.3833%4.395.02114%0.38
54Browning NagleNYJ19927170.413871.814.0345%4.393.7585%0.38
55Tony BanksSTL19987140.504081.724.2341%3.433.2795%0.39
56Scott BrunnerNYG19839220.413862.334.5651%5.704.3276%0.39
57Jim NinowskiDET19617180.392472.835.4952%7.295.4775%0.39
58Bobby DouglassCHI19715150.332252.224.5249%6.675.2879%0.39
59Dan PastoriniHOU19717210.332702.594.5257%7.785.2868%0.39
60Ed LutherSDG19837170.412872.444.5653%5.924.3273%0.39
61Rodney PeetePHI19958140.573752.134.1252%3.732.8175%0.39
62Jug GirardGNB19494120.331752.295.5042%6.866.4694%0.39
64Troy AikmanDAL20007140.502622.674.0965%5.343.2160%0.39
63Akili SmithCIN2000360.502671.124.0927%2.253.21143%0.39
65Vince YoungTEN20079170.533822.364.1856%4.453.0970%0.39
66Norm SneadWAS196313270.483633.585.8262%7.444.7664%0.39
67Eli ManningNYG201318270.675513.274.5172%4.902.6754%0.39
68Mike PhippsCLE19739200.452993.015.0659%6.694.4867%0.40
69Bob AvelliniCHI19785160.312641.894.0347%6.065.1785%0.40
70Archie ManningNOR19757200.353382.074.3847%5.925.0285%0.40
71Paul ChristmanCRD19455120.422192.285.7440%5.485.56101%0.40
72Josh FreemanTAM200910180.562903.454.2382%6.213.0850%0.40
73Archie ManningNOR19746160.382612.304.1555%6.134.4873%0.40
74David ArcherATL19857170.413122.244.2053%5.454.1776%0.41
75Billy KilmerNOR19706170.352372.534.3458%7.175.0270%0.41
76Tom TupaPHO19916130.463151.903.6253%4.133.2178%0.41
77Craig WhelihanSDG19976100.602372.533.9864%4.222.7465%0.41
78Mark MaloneSDG19886130.462722.214.0554%4.783.6376%0.41
79Marc WilsonNWE19906110.552652.264.3752%4.153.3480%0.42
80David CarrHOU20029150.604442.034.0950%3.382.8785%0.42
81Ryan Mallett2TM2015560.832442.054.5945%2.462.3294%0.42
82Y.A. TittleNYG196410220.452813.565.0970%7.834.7260%0.42
83Matt SchaubHOU201310140.713582.794.5162%3.912.6768%0.42
84Jack TrudeauIND19868180.444171.923.9449%4.323.7487%0.42
85Rex GrossmanCHI2007470.572251.784.1843%3.113.0999%0.42
86Bob ChappuisBDA19488150.532133.766.3859%7.045.0772%0.42
87Frankie SinkwichDET19437200.351265.568.6664%15.8710.5666%0.43
88Lynn DickeyGNB19775140.362202.274.2054%6.365.0479%0.43
89Archie ManningNOR19815110.452322.164.2651%4.744.0585%0.43
90Josh McCownTAM201411140.793273.364.5574%4.282.5058%0.43
91Jeff GeorgeIND19927150.473062.294.0357%4.903.7576%0.43
92Derek AndersonARI20107100.703272.144.4748%3.062.7891%0.44
93Randy WrightGNB19876110.552472.434.6253%4.453.6983%0.44
94Gary HogeboomDAL19847140.503671.914.5142%3.813.94103%0.44
95Mark SanchezNYJ200912200.603643.304.2378%5.493.0856%0.44
96Tobin RoteGNB19535150.331852.704.9055%8.116.4580%0.44
97Matt HasselbeckSEA201012170.714442.704.4761%3.832.7873%0.44
98Chuck LongDET198711200.554162.644.6257%4.813.6977%0.44
99Mark SanchezNYJ201213180.724532.874.2867%3.972.6266%0.44
100Hugh MillenNWE19919180.504092.203.6261%4.403.2173%0.44
101Ken DorseySFO2004690.672262.654.5359%3.983.0276%0.44
102Rick MirerSEA199513200.653913.324.1281%5.122.8155%0.44
103Steve PelluerDAL19868170.473782.123.9454%4.503.7483%0.45
104Curtis PainterIND2011690.672432.474.3157%3.702.8978%0.45
105Ed BrownCHI19576160.381853.245.0864%8.656.1071%0.45
106Jon KitnaCIN200112220.555812.073.9452%3.793.2586%0.45
107John GrigasCRD19446210.291314.586.4671%16.0310.2364%0.45
108Norm SneadPHI196811210.522913.785.5468%7.224.8367%0.46
109Tobin RoteGNB19507240.292243.134.8864%10.717.6972%0.46
110Christian PonderMIN2013790.782392.934.5165%3.772.6771%0.46
111Charlie FryeCLE200610170.593922.553.8966%4.343.0570%0.46
112Steve BeuerleinARI1994590.562551.963.8251%3.533.1790%0.46
114Bob GaglianoDET19896120.502322.594.1063%5.173.7973%0.46
113Troy AikmanDAL19899180.502933.074.1075%6.143.7962%0.46
115Steve FullerKAN19796140.432702.224.2353%5.194.5688%0.46
116Ken AndersonCIN19806130.462752.184.4949%4.734.5296%0.46
117Steve DeBergSFO19788220.363022.654.0366%7.285.1771%0.47
118Troy AikmanDAL199011180.613992.764.3763%4.513.3474%0.47
119Ken StablerHOU198013280.464572.844.4963%6.134.5274%0.47
120Joe FergusonBUF19827160.442642.654.0865%6.064.3872%0.47
121Jeff Kemp2TM19919170.532953.053.6284%5.763.2156%0.47
122Brad JohnsonMIN20069150.604392.053.8953%3.423.0589%0.47
123Anthony WrightBAL2005690.672662.264.0755%3.382.8885%0.47
124Kordell StewartPIT199811180.614582.404.2357%3.933.2783%0.47
125Matthew StaffordDET200913200.653773.454.2382%5.313.0858%0.47
126Vinny TestaverdeTAM19918150.533262.453.6268%4.603.2170%0.47
127John ElwayDEN19837140.502592.704.5659%5.414.3280%0.47
128Ken StablerNOR19839180.503112.894.5663%5.794.3275%0.47
129Jay SchroederARI1994470.572381.683.8244%2.943.17108%0.48
130Warren MoonHOU198613260.504882.663.9468%5.333.7470%0.48
131Todd BlackledgeKAN19846110.552942.044.5145%3.743.94105%0.48
132Chris WeinkeCAR200111190.585402.043.9452%3.523.2592%0.48
133Ryan LeafSDG200011180.613223.424.0984%5.593.2157%0.48
134Kordell StewartCHI20037120.582512.794.0070%4.783.3069%0.48
135Pete BeathardHOU19687160.442233.145.0862%7.175.6178%0.48
136Donald HollasOAK199810160.632603.854.2391%6.153.2753%0.48
137Rudy BukichCHI196610210.483093.244.6969%6.804.7670%0.48
138Jake PlummerARI200013210.624752.744.0967%4.423.2172%0.49
139Jim HartSTL19799200.453782.384.2356%5.294.5686%0.49
140Davey O'BrienPHI19405170.292771.814.1444%6.146.84112%0.49
141Milt PlumDET196512190.633083.905.8567%6.174.5173%0.49
142Josh FreemanTAM201116220.735512.904.3167%3.992.8972%0.49
143Jim EverettRAM199111200.554902.243.6262%4.083.2179%0.49
144Brett FavreGNB200520290.696073.294.0781%4.782.8860%0.49
145Gary MarangiBUF19767160.442323.024.2471%6.904.7369%0.49
146A.J. FeeleyMIA200411150.733563.094.5368%4.213.0272%0.49
147Kordell StewartPIT19996100.602752.184.0554%3.643.3091%0.49
148Charley TrippiCRD19525130.381812.765.5150%7.187.0198%0.49
149Kyle OrtonCHI20059130.693682.454.0760%3.532.8882%0.49
150Kent NixPIT19678190.422682.994.8861%7.095.7080%0.49
151Chad HenneMIA201015190.794903.064.4769%3.882.7872%0.49
152Mike LivingstonKAN19785130.382901.724.0343%4.485.17115%0.49
153Dennis ShawBUF197111260.422913.784.5284%8.935.2859%0.49
154Joe TheismannWAS19858160.503012.664.2063%5.324.1778%0.50
155Johnny UnitasBAL196912200.603273.675.4467%6.124.5074%0.50
156Jim ZornSEA197612270.444392.734.2464%6.154.7377%0.50
157King HillCRD19597130.541813.875.6069%7.185.1772%0.50
158Norm SneadWAS196111220.503752.935.4953%5.875.4793%0.50
159Craig MortonNYG19769200.452843.174.2475%7.044.7367%0.50
160Brandon WeedenCLE201214170.825172.714.2863%3.292.6280%0.50
161Pete BeathardHOU196910210.483702.705.0054%5.685.2993%0.50
162Kerry CollinsCAR199514190.744333.234.1279%4.392.8164%0.50
163John BrodieSFO19586130.461723.495.1767%7.565.6675%0.50
164Richard ToddNOR198411190.583123.534.5178%6.093.9465%0.51
165Stan GelbaughSEA19926110.552552.354.0358%4.313.7587%0.51
166Brian HoyerCLE201412130.924382.744.5560%2.972.5084%0.51
167Bernie KosarCLE199010150.674232.364.3754%3.553.3494%0.51
168Joe FlaccoBAL201319220.866143.094.5169%3.582.6774%0.51
169Joe KappMIN196810170.592484.035.5473%6.854.8370%0.51
170Dave BrownNYG199612200.603983.023.9976%5.033.4168%0.51
171Gus FrerotteMIN200812150.803013.993.95101%4.982.5451%0.52
172Jeff KomloDET197911230.483682.994.2371%6.254.5673%0.52
173Dave KriegARI199516210.765213.074.1275%4.032.8170%0.52
174Don MeredithDAL19649160.563232.795.0955%4.954.7295%0.52
175Vince EvansCHI198111200.554362.524.2659%4.594.0588%0.52
176Rusty HilgerDET19887120.583062.294.0556%3.923.6393%0.52
177Dave RyanDET19466170.351543.906.0964%11.049.0382%0.52
178Joey HarringtonDET200212160.754292.804.0968%3.732.8777%0.53
179John SkeltonARI201111140.792754.004.3193%5.092.8957%0.53
180Paul McDonaldCLE198414230.614932.844.5163%4.673.9484%0.53
181Jim FinksPIT195510260.383442.914.9858%7.566.8891%0.53
182Dan FoutsSDG198710150.673642.754.6260%4.123.6989%0.53
183Charlie ConerlyNYG195110220.451895.295.8890%11.646.9159%0.53
184Bill KenneyKAN19819160.562743.284.2677%5.844.0569%0.53
185Brian SipeCLE1982480.501852.164.0853%4.324.38101%0.54
186Rex GrossmanWAS201116200.804583.494.3181%4.372.8966%0.54
187Joe GilliamPIT1974480.502121.894.1545%3.774.48119%0.54
188Trent DilferTAM199612190.634822.493.9962%3.943.4187%0.54
189Aaron BrooksNOR200513170.764313.024.0774%3.942.8873%0.54
190Cliff StoudtPIT198312210.573813.154.5669%5.514.3278%0.54
191Marc BulgerSTL200711150.733782.914.1870%3.973.0978%0.54
192James HarrisSDG19775110.452112.374.2056%5.215.0497%0.54
193Marc BulgerSTL200811130.854402.503.9563%2.952.5486%0.54
194Carson PalmerOAK201113160.813283.964.3192%4.882.8959%0.55
195John ElwayDEN199210170.593163.164.0378%5.383.7570%0.55
196Joe KappMIN19678170.472143.744.8877%7.945.7072%0.55
197Chad HenneJAX201313140.935032.584.5157%2.782.6796%0.55
198Daunte CulpepperMIN200218230.785493.284.0980%4.192.8769%0.55
199Doug JohnsonATL20038120.672433.294.0082%4.943.3067%0.55
200Bill MunsonRAM196510140.712673.755.8564%5.244.5186%0.55
201Kent GrahamARI1997450.802501.603.9840%2.002.74137%0.55
202Geno SmithNYJ201413131.003673.544.5578%3.542.5071%0.55
203David KlinglerCIN1994690.672312.603.8268%3.903.1781%0.55
204Babe ParilliBOS196313240.543373.865.7467%7.125.8782%0.55
205Randy JohnsonATL196710210.482883.474.8871%7.295.7078%0.56
206Drew BledsoeNWE199513160.816362.044.1250%2.522.81112%0.56
207Jake LockerTEN201210110.913143.184.2874%3.502.6275%0.56
208Tarvaris JacksonMIN20079120.752943.064.1873%4.083.0976%0.56
209Bill MunsonRAM19649150.602234.045.0979%6.734.7270%0.56
210Bobby DouglassNOR1976480.502131.884.2444%3.764.73126%0.56
210Lynn DickeyGNB19767140.502432.884.2468%5.764.7382%0.56
212Dave WilsonNOR198610170.593422.923.9474%4.973.7475%0.56
213Bud SchwenkBCL194713200.653273.987.3754%6.126.34104%0.56
214Bobby LaynePIT19629170.532333.865.6169%7.305.9682%0.56
215Bob WaterfieldRAM19478180.442213.626.5655%8.148.29102%0.56
216Jim HarbaughCHI19937110.643252.153.5760%3.383.1593%0.56
217Danny WhiteDAL198712170.713623.314.6272%4.703.6979%0.56
218Ryan TannehillMIA201212130.924842.484.2858%2.692.6297%0.56
219Vinny TestaverdeDAL200417200.854953.434.5376%4.043.0275%0.57
220John McCormickDEN19657140.502532.774.6559%5.535.2795%0.57
221Richard ToddNYJ198017300.574793.554.4979%6.264.5272%0.57
222Mike PhippsCLE19749170.532563.524.1585%6.644.4867%0.57
223David CarrHOU20039130.692953.054.0076%4.413.3075%0.57
224Dave KriegSEA199015200.754483.354.3777%4.463.3475%0.57
225Ryan FitzpatrickCIN2008890.893722.153.9554%2.422.54105%0.57
226Stan HumphriesSDG1997560.832252.223.9856%2.672.74103%0.57
227Brad JohnsonWAS200011150.733653.014.0974%4.113.2178%0.57
228Dan MarinoMIA199912170.713693.254.0580%4.613.3072%0.57
229Dick ShinerPIT19697100.702093.355.4462%4.784.5094%0.58
230Dennis ShawBUF197010200.503213.124.3472%6.235.0281%0.58
231George RattermanBUF194816220.733354.786.3875%6.575.0777%0.58
232Josh McCownARI20059110.822703.334.0782%4.072.8871%0.58
233Donovan McNabbWAS201014150.934722.974.4766%3.182.7887%0.58
234Jack KempBUF196714260.543693.795.2672%7.055.6781%0.58
235Randy JohnsonATL196612210.572954.074.6987%7.124.7667%0.58
236Len DawsonKAN19747130.542352.984.1572%5.534.4881%0.58
237Jim HarbaughSDG199910140.714342.304.0557%3.233.30102%0.58
238Ken AndersonCIN197810220.453193.134.0378%6.905.1775%0.58
239Frank TripuckaDEN196110210.483442.915.1257%6.106.27103%0.58
240Steve YoungTAM19868130.623632.203.9456%3.583.74105%0.58
241Trent GreenKAN200117240.715233.253.9483%4.593.2571%0.59
242Ed BrownPIT196412190.632724.415.0987%6.994.7268%0.59
243Bobby LayneNYY19499180.502993.015.5055%6.026.46107%0.59
245Jim EverettRAM19938120.672742.923.5782%4.383.1572%0.59
244David KlinglerCIN1993690.673431.753.5749%2.623.15120%0.59
246Joe FlaccoBAL201514121.174133.394.5974%2.912.3280%0.59
247Parker HallRAM19417190.371903.685.2770%10.008.4685%0.59
248Brandon WeedenCLE2013991.002673.374.5175%3.372.6779%0.59
249Kerry CollinsNYG19998110.733312.424.0560%3.323.3099%0.59
250Steve GroganNWE19899140.642613.454.1084%5.363.7971%0.59
251Lamar McHan2TM19638110.731964.085.8270%5.614.7685%0.60
251Roman GabrielRAM19638110.732812.855.8249%3.914.76122%0.60
253Bob AvelliniCHI19768150.532712.954.2470%5.544.7386%0.60
254Y.A. TittleBCL194914180.782894.846.8671%6.235.2684%0.60
255Zeke BratkowskiRAM19629160.562194.115.6173%7.315.9682%0.60
256Chris ChandlerIND19888120.672333.434.0585%5.153.6370%0.60
257Joe FergusonBUF197712240.504572.634.2062%5.255.0496%0.60
258David WhitehurstGNB197910180.563223.114.2373%5.594.5682%0.60
259Bobby LayneDET19576120.501793.355.0866%6.706.1091%0.60
260Jack KempBUF196413260.502694.835.4289%9.676.5368%0.60
261Tom FloresOAK19647140.502003.505.4265%7.006.5393%0.60
262Lynn DickeyGNB198015250.604783.144.4970%5.234.5286%0.60
263Drew BreesSDG200311150.733563.094.0077%4.213.3078%0.61
264Patrick RamseyWAS200410110.912723.684.5381%4.043.0275%0.61
265Marc BulgerSTL2009560.832472.024.2348%2.433.08127%0.61
266Colin KaepernickSFO2015651.202442.464.5954%2.052.32113%0.61
267Bill TroupBAL197810210.482963.384.0384%7.095.1773%0.61
268Chad HenneJAX201211111.003083.574.2883%3.572.6273%0.61
269Fran TarkentonNYG197111210.523862.854.5263%5.445.2897%0.61
270Zeke BratkowskiRAM19618130.622303.485.4963%5.655.4797%0.61
271Ben RoethlisbergerPIT200618230.784693.843.8999%4.903.0562%0.61
272Chad HutchinsonDAL2002780.882502.804.0968%3.202.8790%0.61
273Jim EverettRAM198710130.773023.314.6272%4.303.6986%0.61
274Joe NamathNYJ197515280.543264.604.38105%8.595.0258%0.62
275Andy DaltonCIN201419171.124813.954.5587%3.532.5071%0.62
276Y.A. TittleSFO195910150.671995.035.6090%7.545.1769%0.62
277Tommy ThompsonPHI19428160.502033.945.5172%7.886.7986%0.62
278Ken O'BrienNYJ198912180.674772.524.1061%3.773.79100%0.62
279Joe FergusonBUF198412170.713443.494.5177%4.943.9480%0.62
280John Hadl2TM19748140.572992.684.1565%4.684.4896%0.62
281Bart StarrGNB19679170.532104.294.8888%8.105.7070%0.62
282Brian GrieseCHI200710120.832623.824.1891%4.583.0968%0.62
283Kerry Collins2TM199812150.803533.404.2380%4.253.2777%0.62
284Steve DeBerg2TM19937100.702273.083.5786%4.413.1572%0.62
285John HadlSDG197215260.583704.054.6487%7.034.9871%0.62
286Dave BrownNYG199412160.753503.433.8290%4.573.1769%0.62
287Chad HenneMIA200912140.864512.664.2363%3.103.0899%0.62
288Rick MirerSEA199312170.714862.473.5769%3.503.1590%0.62
289Jack KempBUF196913220.593443.785.0076%6.405.2983%0.62
290John ReavesPHI19727120.582243.134.6467%5.364.9893%0.63
290Dan PastoriniHOU19727120.582992.344.6450%4.014.98124%0.63
292Damon HuardKAN200711130.853323.314.1879%3.923.0979%0.63
293Joey HarringtonMIA200612150.803883.093.8979%3.873.0579%0.63
294Scott CampbellATL198711140.792604.234.6292%5.383.6968%0.63
295Shaun HillSTL2014871.142293.494.5577%3.062.5082%0.63
296Jack KempBUF196510180.563912.564.6555%4.605.27114%0.63
297Jim KellyBUF199614190.743793.693.9993%5.013.4168%0.63
298Jake PlummerARI200218200.905303.404.0983%3.772.8776%0.63
299Eric HippleDET198312180.673873.104.5668%4.654.3293%0.63
300Andrew LuckIND201515121.252935.124.59112%4.102.3257%0.63

Finally, we can also create a career list, although I’d be a little careful about this. For starters, this only includes qualifying seasons, so we are not looking at full career totals. And players who are still in their prime get a boost, as we are not yet including their down seasons. And this method (rather than a 100-95-90 method) gives no extra credit to top seasons, the way we typically do when we think about quarterbacks.

That said, here’s the list of the 150 quarterbacks with the most attempts. Note that this is attempt-weighted:

QuarterbackAttTD%INT%TD/INT
Brett Favre10165123%104%134
Peyton Manning9380136%122%173
Dan Marino8208122%121%147
Drew Brees8058124%116%147
Tom Brady7778129%165%222
John Elway7250102%118%122
Warren Moon6786105%105%113
Drew Bledsoe648293%106%97
Fran Tarkenton6467109%136%149
Eli Manning6030111%93%105
Vinny Testaverde5959104%89%99
Kerry Collins577584%106%89
Ben Roethlisberger5423117%116%136
Joe Montana5347119%151%179
Carson Palmer5314112%100%115
Philip Rivers5309123%114%141
Dan Fouts5106111%106%119
Donovan McNabb5002107%145%159
Boomer Esiason4917116%103%123
Matt Hasselbeck481597%110%109
Jim Kelly4779124%97%120
Johnny Unitas4745112%126%143
Troy Aikman471588%126%114
Jim Everett4701102%99%104
Dave Krieg4695117%95%112
Jim Hart464693%112%108
Matt Ryan4530102%117%121
John Hadl4486105%101%106
Mark Brunell448599%138%136
Steve DeBerg442192%126%123
Phil Simms4356102%125%128
Jake Plummer435090%96%88
Ken Anderson4289101%140%146
Jay Cutler4217107%87%92
Y.A. Tittle4154101%113%113
Joe Flacco407091%112%105
John Brodie404194%116%111
Tony Romo3997136%119%159
Aaron Rodgers3988148%183%279
Roman Gabriel398691%154%146
Jon Kitna396293%89%84
Brad Johnson396097%131%128
Ron Jaworski3918104%119%125
Steve McNair390199%125%125
Norm Snead388890%90%85
Joe Ferguson3851101%100%101
Rich Gannon3716107%154%162
Kurt Warner3606135%109%138
Steve Young3603144%140%203
Matthew Stafford359599%105%105
Ken Stabler3594121%84%104
Sonny Jurgensen3538118%128%153
Bobby Layne349998%104%101
Jeff George3463102%128%125
George Blanda3427108%93%99
Terry Bradshaw3373127%98%126
Ryan Fitzpatrick3338102%84%85
Trent Green3328109%121%134
Jeff Garcia3315110%149%165
Craig Morton3302105%108%118
Len Dawson3289132%119%160
Joe Namath328499%93%91
Archie Manning328380%105%87
Randall Cunningham3262122%128%157
Jim Harbaugh322883%128%109
Joe Theismann3224102%128%137
Ken O'Brien316487%160%142
Neil Lomax315399%140%141
Jim Plunkett3114108%87%95
Tommy Kramer3103103%104%111
Jeff Blake3092104%105%109
Brian Sipe3048109%116%130
Charley Johnson3047102%95%97
Alex Smith304395%158%148
Bob Griese3041122%106%132
Matt Schaub302096%113%111
Chris Chandler2994118%97%116
Steve Bartkowski2963110%142%158
Marc Bulger295789%118%109
Jack Kemp291672%98%68
Billy Kilmer2861109%110%121
Bernie Kosar285788%153%138
Roger Staubach2809123%155%194
Jim Zorn276885%114%95
Dan Pastorini276881%102%84
Norm Van Brocklin2713113%110%124
Bobby Hebert2713115%94%107
Lynn Dickey2712108%81%86
Neil O'Donnell267496%180%171
Richard Todd266697%97%99
Michael Vick2663103%109%115
Chris Miller2653113%114%120
Danny White2652120%96%116
Babe Parilli2590106%108%118
Jake Delhomme2583105%92%99
Gus Frerotte258386%104%87
Aaron Brooks2577105%115%124
Kyle Orton257187%116%102
Joey Harrington253875%96%71
Steve Grogan2536121%81%99
Trent Dilfer251590%82%76
Andy Dalton2497112%94%106
Charlie Conerly2461112%124%143
Otto Graham2452110%128%141
Bart Starr245091%174%168
Cam Newton2419108%100%110
Sammy Baugh2418109%138%149
Tobin Rote241796%111%108
Daunte Culpepper2391129%109%148
Steve Beuerlein2358110%101%114
Stan Humphries235092%104%97
Billy Wade230796%105%100
Sam Bradford229277%122%93
Chad Pennington2287104%130%139
Brian Griese2273107%113%128
Matt Cassel225994%110%113
Ryan Tannehill224886%107%93
Bill Kenney2247102%122%126
Jay Schroeder2246105%93%97
Tony Banks222779%106%86
Bert Jones2222116%141%169
Mark Sanchez217686%80%70
Kordell Stewart215581%94%75
Daryle Lamonica2146139%116%159
Andrew Luck2106107%109%113
Doug Williams207692%121%110
Jason Campbell207678%135%102
David Carr207069%98%68
Don Meredith2058113%112%131
Scott Mitchell2008114%103%120
Mark Rypien1999106%114%124
Jim McMahon198897%113%108
David Garrard198398%147%150
Milt Plum1927104%147%172
Josh Freeman187396%110%115
Jeff Hostetler1847104%123%115
Elvis Grbac1827103%114%119
Marc Wilson180796%80%76
Chad Henne175266%86%56
Russell Wilson1735136%133%177
Tom Flores1640106%114%122
Doug Flutie158496%120%114
Bill Nelsen1553100%93%97
Mark Malone153886%84%77
Rick Mirer152370%99%70
Josh McCown152183%179%182
Greg Landry1517108%134%139
Erik Kramer1514104%118%128
Bob Waterfield1508107%99%105
  • By virtue of not including all seasons, Josh McCown fares spectacularly well in this career list.

    • I think we all expected to see him right between Staubach and Montana, where he belongs.

  • Tom

    Nice to see the hero of Super Bowl XXX, Neil O’Donnel, crack the Top 10 in TD/INT.

  • Wolverine

    With the caveat that I fully understand that this metric is not meant to definitively show who’s a good/bad quarterback, my initial observations are:

    1)It’s fascinating that Ryan Leaf and Craig Whelihan made the top (bottom?) 30 of all-time worst seasons in the same year, while on the same team! I didn’t watch many Chargers games in 1998, and it appears that I’m better off for it.

    2)Why did it take the Cardinals so long to give up on Jake Plummer?

    3)The number of different Bears quarterbacks that show up on this list really drives home the struggles that Chicago has had at that position in the post-Sid Luckman era.

    4)I think it would be neat to perform this exercise on defenses (single season only, of course), to see how the Legion of Boom, 2015 Broncos, 2009-10 Jets, etc. would stack up against the prior all-time great defenses of seasons past.

    • Richie

      “the post-Sid Luckman era.”

      hehe

      Can 70 years be called an “era”?

      • Wolverine

        The post-Sid Luckman eon?

        • Adam

          The post-Sid Luckman epoch?

    • Adam

      “Why did it take the Cardinals so long to give up on Jake Plummer?”

      I think Plummer was dragged down by the Cardinals’ organizational futility, not the other way around. As soon as he went to Denver, Jake The Snake immediately had the three best years of his career and looked like a top 10 QB. Plummer’s early years with Arizona remind me of Vinny Testaverde’s stint in Tampa – losing culture, poor supporting cast, inept coaching, and a QB trying to do too much. With some of the weight off their shoulders, Plummer and Testaverde both succeeded on other teams.

      • sacramento gold miners

        Plummer and Testaverde arrived in the NFL under different circumstances, and left that way as well. Vinny had the superior physical tools, and could even scramble in his early years. But despite having one of the best supporting casts in college football history, Testaverde couldn’t deliver a national title, and his Fiesta Bowl against Penn State was a disaster. Played forever for several teams, reached one conference game lifetime. Never became the star many thought as the number one overall pick.

        By contrast, Plummer’s college teams were less talented, but he nearly led Arizona State to the national title. He didn’t have the great physical tools, but the position isn’t just about having a big arm. And we can’t forget Plummer did lead the Cardinals to a playoff win at Dallas during his time there. Also quarterbacked one team to a conference title game(Denver), but retired early because of injury concerns. Plummer was a second round draft pick, far less hype than Vinny.

  • WR

    The list of guys with the largest disparity between a high INT+ and a low TD+ includes Sam Bradford, Jason Campbell, Jim Harbaugh, Josh McCown, Ken O’Brien, Kyle Orton, Aikman, Kosar, Flacco, Gabriel, Starr, DeBerg, Alex Smith, O’Donnell, and Brad Johnson.

    But the equivalent list the other way doesn’t really exist. You have to get down to Stabler and Grogan to find guys with a high TD+ and low INT+. Does that mean anything?

    • Adam

      INT% is a stat that can be gamed with risk-averse play (even if the QB sucks at every other aspect of the position), while TD% is normally a byproduct of good QB play. The QB’s who throw a lot of TD’s are generally the same ones who are proficient at moving the ball down the field, which is not a skill that can be faked.

      • Tom

        So what we’re/you’re saying then is that TD% is an indication of a good QB, but the actual act of throwing a touchdown pass is not necessarily a skill. In other words, Peyton Manning may or may not be “good” at throwing TD’s, but his number of TD passes are an indication that he’s a good QB, and therefore, TD% is useful. Right?

        • Adam

          Yep. Quarterbacks aren’t good because they throw TD’s, they throw TD’s because they’re good. Or more accurately, their teams score a lot because they’re good, and TD throwing is a proxy for scoring.