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Mix Of Young And Old Have Team Near Top

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 7, 2013 – 9:22 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

While London Fletcher and Robert Griffin III’s paths to NFL stardom drastically differed, the two have one common bond—being Washington Redskins.

Okay maybe two if you count the fact that they were captains on the NFC East champs.

No. 10 dazzled the nation behind a lethal concoction of speed, accuracy, and an infallible will to succeed. No. 59, however, displayed his typical blue-collar work ethic that has far succeeded his undrafted status.

Griffin III symbolizes the Burgundy and Gold’s offensive style while Fletcher does the same for the defense—in age that is.

Recently, ESPN’s Mike Sando conducted a study of every team’s starters to give an average age collectively.

The Redskins average total age of the starters ranks as the fourth highest in the league. This is due to the second oldest defense skewing the numbers towards the top (or the 13th youngest offense bending it in the other direction—just depends on how you look at it.)

While the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year proved that age is just a number in the league, it doesn’t hurt to have one of the oldest teams in the league. Six of the 10 oldest teams were in the playoffs last year.

On the flipside, only four of the youngest squads were playing past Week 17 last year.

So with that being said, what are your thoughts on the ‘Skins combination of seasoned veterans on the defense and young guns on offense?


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3 Responses to “Mix Of Young And Old Have Team Near Top”

  1. By Bill on Jun 10, 2013 | Reply

    I think the current philosophy on team makeup is much more acceptable than recent history has presented. For many years whatever LOOKED good regardless of age might have been added to try and produce a championship caliber team quickly. Many times at the price of disrupting chemistry which is in my opinion the single most important ingredient. NOW it appears that careful planning is being used in this Snyder/Allen era to build relatively slowly over a few seasons with concentration on just the right combination of experienced older players and the infusion of more explosive youthful pieces to the puzzle. I LIKE what I am seeing.

  2. By Chuck on Jun 10, 2013 | Reply

    I think its a pretty good mix. Youth & experience, along with competition sounds like THE formula for winning! #HTTR

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