I’ve already pretty much said all I have to say about the Giants offensive line HERE, and it appears that even Giants RG Chris Snee recognizes that the Giants’ older-than-dirt offensive line is unlikely to withstand the rigors of another full NFL season together. Here’s Snee’s full quote from Zach Berman of the NJ Star-Ledger:
“I think everyone, especially in our offensive line room, were expecting an offensive lineman taken in the first or second,” guard Chris Snee said on Saturday at an autograph signing at a Clifton Vitamin Shoppe. “Listen, I know obviously Jerry Reese and everyone there is going to do what’s best for the team. But I’m very close with everyone we have and I really dread the day when someone in that room is gone. If we can steal another season or two together, that would be really special and hopefully we can.”
It’s great that Snee has a bond with his OL teammates, a group that has played together for years and has great continuity, but here are the ages of the Giants’ offensive linemen, as of Sept. 11, 2011, or the first Sunday of the NFL season:
|*NFL OL Age Rank||Player||Pos||Team||Birthday||Days on Earth||Age|
|10||Shaun O’Hara||C||Giants||6/23/1977||12,498||34 years, 2 months, 19 days|
|22||Rich Seubert||LG||Giants||3/30/1979||11,853||32 years, 5 months, 12 days|
|23||Kareem McKenzie||RT||Giants||5/24/1979||11,798||32 years, 3 months, 18 days|
|35||David Diehl||LT||Giants||9/15/1980||11,318||30 years, 11 months, 27 days|
|54||Chris Snee||RG||Giants||1/18/1982||10,828||29 years, 7 months, 24 days|
*out of 160 NFL starting offensive linemen
Diehl, Seubert, and O’Hara all suffered serious injuries last year and missed significant time, and both Seubert and O’Hara are likely not to be 100% heading into the season. As ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano pointed out, the Giants ignored the OL until the 4th round of the draft. The Giants still have free agency to potentially add a player or two, and they better, or they could be heading for a disastrous season.
Snee is happy the Giants didn’t draft an offensive lineman early in the draft. I think the Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins are as well.