The Giants have the oldest starting offensive line in the NFL… by a wide margin

The Giants are heading into the 2011 season with the oldest offensive line in the NFL, by a wide margin.  Here are what their ages will be on Sept. 11, 2011 (Week 1 of the 2011 season):

LT – David Diehl – 30 years, 11 months, 27 days
LG – Rich Seubert – 32 years, 5 months, 12 days
C – Shaun O’Hara – 34 years, 2 months, 19 days
RG – Chris Snee – 29 years, 7 months, 24 days
RT – Kareem McKenzie – 32 years, 3 months, 18 days

AVERAGE AGE – 31 years, 11 months, 1 day

Much, much more on this either later this week, or early next week.

5 Comments

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  2. shouan says:

    This is a bit misleading. Diehl should move to guard this year to make way for Beatty at LT and I doubt that O’Hara maintains his position as starting center – I could see Koets taking that job from him in training camp … if there’s a training camp. True, McKenzie will probably stay at RT this year and that’s a risk but he played very well last year and hopefully Brewer will be able to take over for him within two years. The giants o-line lacks young depth but that doesn’t mean the starting lineup will necessarily be old when the season starts.

    1. People expected Beatty to win a starting job last year, too, whether it was replacing Diehl at LT or McKenzie on the other side. That didn’t happen. Beatty has yet to prove that he can win a starting job in the NFL, at least with the Giants. Maybe this is his year. We don’t know yet, obviously, but at this point in the offseason, there’s little in the way of evidence that the starting five will be anything other than Diehl-Seubert-O’Hara-Snee-McKenzie.

      1. shouan says:

        Necessity my friend. In my opinion, there are four factors at play with the Giants o-line this offseason.

        1) Seubert dislocated his knee at the end of last season and it is unclear whether he’ll be back in time for the season.
        2) Diehl is better suited to play a guard position over a tackle position.
        3) Beatty played well in extended time last year.
        4) The Giants aren’t sure what they have in Petrus just yet.

        If Seubert comes back healthy, it will be up to Beatty to beat out Diehl for the LT position. Whether or not he can do that at this stage in his career is a question mark and you might be right about the age. If Sebert does not come back healthy, the Giants may switch the line around a bit considering the above factors.

        To me there are two definites:

        1) McKenzie, Snee and Diehl will start somewhere on the O-Line next year.
        2) O’Hara will not.

        IF the giants replace O’Hara and Sebeurt on the o-line (and there are reasons to believe that they will) their average age will fall dramatically. That’s all I’m saying.

        1. Shouan says:

          I’m a seer.

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