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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 9:35 am 
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By Tim GrahamOn Monday, with the help of Boston Globe reporter Albert Breer, we took a cursory look at how old the AFC East is skewing for 2010.

Pro-Football-Reference.com writer Chase Stuart gives a more advanced examination of the chronology teams are dealing with on the "The Fifth Down" blog at NYTimes.com.

Stuart's analysis looks at 2009 starters, not the total roster, and is based on a weighted formula that considers the value of the position.

Here are the average ages, with league rating for how young they were in parentheses.

Buffalo Bills

Team age: 27.5 (tied 23rd)
Offense age: 27.5 (22nd)
Defense age: 27.5 (tied 18th)
Miami Dolphins

Team age: 26.8 (tied 7th)
Offense age: 26.1 (tied 1st)
Defense age: 27.7 (23rd)
New England Patriots

Team age: 28.7 (32nd)
Offense age: 29.7 (32nd)
Defense age: 27.5 (tied 18th)
New York Jets

Team age: 27.6 (25th)
Offense age: 27.7 (24th)
Defense age: 27.6 (tied 22nd)
What stands out is that the AFC East was pretty old. Of the dozen categories listed above, only two rated in the youngest third of the league. The Dolphins' offense tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the greenest, a good sign for the future.

The Patriots had the oldest team by nearly half a year and the oldest offense by nearly a full year.

Their offense should remain the oldest in 2010. It essentially returns intact. Tight end Benjamin Watson is gone and slot receiver Wes Welker might not be ready to return from his knee injury when the season opens, but the Patriots added tight end Alge Crumpler and receiver Torry Holt, who will be 33 and 34, respectively, before the season is over.


http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/ ... r-the-ages


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This happens to all teams....at some point you look at your team an see that they're getting older and it's time to start young.

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The fact that we are the youngest team in the division.. And we continue to get younger... and better as a team.. Is a promising thing for the future.

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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 1:27 pm 
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Does it take into account the fact that Jason Taylor left for the Jets?


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