Age and the NFC East: Breaking it down into 10 different categories, Eagles still the youngest

First, a disclaimer: Rosters will be fluid between now and opening day. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t at least one tweak to each of the NFC East rosters before the season begins.

With that out of the way, I’ve been crunching these numbers since teams got down to 53 players last night, and my eyes are beginning to hurt.  So let’s just get right to it. These numbers are as of September 11, 2011:

Entire Team      
1. Eagles 2. Cowboys 3. Giants 4. Redskins
9660 avg days on Earth 9787 avg days on Earth 9897 avg days on Earth 9913 avg days on Earth
26 years, 5 months, 11 days 26 years, 9 months, 18 days 27 years, 1 month, 12 days 27 years, 1 month, 28 days
Did not calculate in 2010 Did not calculate in 2010 Did not calculate in 2010 Did not calculate in 2010

There’s a thinking that the Redskins are undergoing a youth movement in DC, while the Eagles are going “all in” with seasoned vets via free agency. However, the Eagles remain the youngest team in the division, although all 4 teams are within 7 months of each other. Note – None of these numbers include players on the IR (Terrell Thomas, Jarvis Jenkins, etc), or players on the PUP list (Brandon Graham, Bruce Carter, etc).

Entire Team, minus K/P/LS      
1. Eagles 2. Cowboys 3. Giants 4. Redskins
9664 avg days on Earth 9752 avg days on Earth 9839 avg days on Earth 9877 avg days on Earth
2011 – 26 years, 5 months, 22 days 2011 – 26 years, 8 months, 20 days 2011 – 26 years, 11 months, 16 days 2011 – 27 years, 23 days
2010 – 25 years, 11 months, 30 days 2010 – 26 years, 8 months, 2 days 2010 – 26 years, 10 months, 11 days 2010 – 28 years, 3 months, 7 days

This category is really just another way of looking at the first one, minus the kicker (or in Dallas’ case, kickerS), punter, and long snapper, whose ages really don’t matter all that much. The Eagles got about 6 months older from 2010, while the Redskins got more than a year younger.

Offense      
1. Cowboys 2. Eagles 3. Giants 4. Redskins
9566 avg days on Earth 9738 avg days on Earth 9756 avg days on Earth 9861 avg days on Earth
2011 – 26 years, 2 months, 16 days 2011 – 26 years, 8 months, 6 days 2011 – 26 years, 8 months, 24 days 2011 – 27 years, 7 days
2010 – 27 years, 3 months, 9 days 2010 – 26 years, 22 days 2010 – 26 years, 11 months, 20 days 2010 – 28 years, 5 months, 14 days

All four offenses are relatively young compared to the rest of the league, with the Cowboys taking over for the Eagles as the youngest in the division, mainly due to the cuts of Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Andre Gurode, Marion Barber, Roy Williams, etc.

Defense      
1. Eagles 2. Redskins 3. Cowboys 4. Giants
9600 avg days on Earth 9893 avg days on Earth 9921 avg days on Earth 9962 avg days on Earth
2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 19 days 2011 – 27 years, 1 month, 8 days 2011 – 27 years, 2 months, 5 days 2011 – 27 years, 3 months, 16 days
2010 – 25 years, 11 months, 9 days 2010 – 28 years, 30 days 2010 – 26 years, 25 days 2010 – 26 years, 9 months, 5 days

The difference between all four teams is about one year.

Offensive Starters      
1. Cowboys 2. Eagles 3. Giants 4. Redskins
9584 avg days on Earth 9788 avg days on Earth 10026 avg days on Earth 10271 avg days on Earth
2011 – 26 years, 3 months, 3 days 2011 – 26 years, 9 months, 26 days 2011 – 27 years, 5 months, 19 days 2011 – 28 years, 1 month, 20 days
2010 – 29 years, 4 months, 27 days 2010 – 26 years, 1 month, 1 day 2010 – 28 years, 4 months, 28 days 2010 – 31 years, 1 month, 22 days

Here’s a major change. The Cowboys went from 29 years and 4 months to 26 years and 3 months. That’s what happens when you cut three 30-something offensive lineman and replace them with a couple rookies and a second-year player. Roy Williams to Dez Bryant also makes a significant difference here. The Redskins also got much younger here, also by three years. This time last year, Joey Galloway was going to be the starting receiver. Oof.

Defensive Starters      
1. Eagles 2. Giants 3. Redskins 4. Cowboys
9927 avg days on Earth 10140 avg days on Earth 10368 avg days on Earth 10911 avg days on Earth
2011 – 27 years, 2 months, 12 days 2011 – 27 years, 9 months, 12 days 2011 – 28 years, 4 months, 26 days 2011 – 29 years, 10 months, 22 days
2010 – 26 years, 6 months, 3 days 2010 – 27 years, 4 months, 20 days 2010 – 29 years, 11 days 2010 – 28 years, 7 months

I think the thing to take away from this one is that the Cowboys not only have a bad defense, but they have a very old one as well, coming in just shy of an average of 30 years of age. The numbers come down a bit if you substitute Sean Lee for Keith Brooking, but this unit is still very old.

Skill Position Starters (QB, RB, WR, TE)      
1. Eagles 2. Giants 3. Cowboys 4. Redskins
9432 avg days on Earth 9478 avg days on Earth 9871 avg days on Earth 10781 avg days on Earth
2011 – 25 years, 10 months, 4 days 2011 – 25 years, 11 months, 20 days 2011 – 27 years, 17 days 29 years, 6 months, 15 days
2010 – 24 years, 7 months, 27 days 2010 – 26 years, 3 months, 24 days 2010 – 28 years, 1 month, 3 days 32 years, 8 months, 15 days

No real surprises here. With LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson in the mix (assuming DeSean signs a long term deal), this unit will be among the youngest in the league for some time. The Redskins get a lot younger here. Did I mention Joey Galloway already?

Offensive Line Starters      
1. Cowboys 2. Redskins 3. Eagles 4. Giants
9443 avg days on Earth 10020 avg days on Earth 10161 avg days on Earth 10920 avg days on Earth
2011 – 25 years, 10 months, 15 days 2011 – 27 years, 5 months, 13 days 2011 – 27 years, 10 months, 2 days 2011 – 29 years, 11 months
2010 – 30 years, 11 months, 26 days 2010 – 29 years, 3 months, 8 days 2010 – 27 years, 8 months, 20 days 2010 – 30 years, 11 months, 2 days

And here’s the biggest change in this post. The Cowboys went from the oldest OL in the NFL last year, to roughly the 3rd youngest. They dropped 5 years off their average age. Obviously, it remains to be seen if the kids can actually play, but they made wholesale changes (rightfully) to a unit that stunk last season. The Giants, who I’ve been on all offseason for letting their OL get too old as well, cut the aging and ineffective Shaun O’Hara, as well as the aging and dinged up Rich Seubert. Even with those cuts, they remain very old there.

Defensive Front 7 Starters      
1. Eagles 2. Giants 3. Redskins 4. Cowboys
9810 avg days on Earth 10088 avg days on Earth 10478 avg days on Earth 11008 avg days on Earth
2011 – 26 years, 10 months, 17 days 2011 – 27 years, 7 months, 21 days 2011 – 28 years, 8 months, 15 days 2011 – 30 years, 1 month, 27 days
2010 – 25 years, 11 months, 24 days 2010 – 27 years, 11 months, 5 days 2010 – 30 years, 2 months, 28 days 2010 – 29 years, 2 months

Here’s one I missed. I knew Keith Brooking was older than dirt, and Terence Newman was getting up there, but I really had no idea that Dallas’ front 7 was this old, collectively. It’s the oldest unit in the division, and the only one with an average age of over 30 years of age. Again, that comes down a bit if you substitute in Sean Lee for Keith Brooking, and Bruce Carter is waiting in the wings to take over for Bradie James.

Secondary Starters      
1. Eagles 2. Redskins 3. Giants 4. Cowboys
10131 avg days on Earth 10176 avg days on Earth 10232 avg days on Earth 10742 avg days on Earth
2011 – 27 years, 9 months, 2 days 2011 – 27 years, 10 months, 17 days 2011 – 28 years, 12 days 2011 – 29 years, 5 months, 4 days
2010 – 27 years, 5 months, 9 days 2010 – 26 years, 10 months, 26 days 2010 – 26 years, 5 months, 7 days 2010 – 27 years, 6 months, 20 days

All four teams are old here. I was surprised that the Eagles were the youngest, considering they have a couple 30-somethings at the corners.

Here’s a list of the 30-somethings in the NFC East. The Eagles have the least with 8, followed by the Giants with 10, while the Cowboys and Redskins each have 11:

Player Team Position Birthdate Days on Earth Age (as of Sept. 11, 2011)
Jon Kitna Cowboys QB 9/21/1972 14234 38 years, 11 months, 21 days
Sav Rocca Redskins P 11/20/1973 13809 37 years, 9 months, 22 days
London Fletcher Redskins LB 5/19/1975 13264 36 years, 3 months, 23 days
Mike Sellers Redskins FB 7/21/1975 13201 36 years, 1 month, 21 days
Keith Brooking Cowboys LB 10/30/1975 13100 35 years, 10 months, 12 days
Juqua Parker Eagles DE 5/15/1978 12172 33 years, 3 months, 27 days
Lawrence Tynes Giants K 6/3/1978 12153 33 years, 3 months, 8 days
Terence Newman Cowboys CB 9/4/1978 12060 33 years, 7 days
Kyle Kosier Cowboys OG 11/27/1978 11976 32 years, 9 months, 15 days
Deon Grant Giants S 3/14/1979 11869 32 years, 5 months, 28 days
Kenyon Coleman Cowboys DE 4/10/1979 11842 32 years, 5 months, 1 day
Rocky Bernard Giants DT 4/19/1979 11833 32 years, 4 months, 23 days
Kareem McKenzie Giants OT 5/24/1979 11798 32 years, 3 months, 18 days
Santana Moss Redskins WR 6/1/1979 11790 32 years, 3 months, 10 days
Brian Williams Giants CB 7/2/1979 11759 32 years, 2 months, 9 days
Mat McBriar Cowboys P 7/8/1979 11753 32 years, 2 months, 3 days
David Carr Giants QB 7/21/1979 11740 32 years, 1 month, 21 days
Jimmy Kennedy Giants DT 11/15/1979 11623 31 years, 9 months, 27 days
Tony Romo Cowboys QB 4/21/1980 11465 31 years, 4 months, 21 days
Jamaal Jackson Eagles C 5/8/1980 11448 31 years, 4 months, 3 days
Montrae Holland Cowboys OG 5/21/1980 11435 31 years, 3 months, 21 days
Jason Babin Eagles DE 5/24/1980 11432 31 years, 3 months, 18 days
Michael Vick Eagles QB 6/26/1980 11399 31 years, 2 months, 16 days
Jon Dorenbos Eagles LS 7/21/1980 11374 31 years, 1 month, 21 days
Rex Grossman Redskins QB 8/23/1980 11341 31 years, 18 days
David Diehl Giants OG 9/15/1980 11318 30 years, 11 months, 27 days
Phillip Buchanon Redskins CB 9/19/1980 11315 30 years, 11 months, 23 days
Donte Stallworth Redskins WR 11/10/1980 11262 30 years, 10 months, 1 day
Jabar Gaffney Redskins WR 12/1/1980 11241 30 years, 9 months, 10 days
Eli Manning Giants QB 1/3/1981 11208 30 years, 8 months, 8 days
Asante Samuel Eagles CB 1/6/1981 11205 30 years, 8 months, 5 days
Bradie James Cowboys LB 1/17/1981 11194 30 years, 7 months, 25 days
Cullen Jenkins Eagles DT 1/20/1981 11191 30 years, 7 months, 22 days
L.P. LaDouceur Cowboys LS 3/13/1981 11139 30 years, 5 months, 29 days
Jammal Brown Redskins OT 3/30/1981 11122 30 years, 5 months, 12 days
Stacy Andrews Giants OT 6/2/1981 11058 30 years, 3 months, 9 days
Oshiomogho Atogwe Redskins S 6/23/1981 11037 30 years, 2 months, 19 days
Nnamdi Asomugha Eagles CB 7/6/1981 11024 30 years, 2 months, 5 days
John Beck Redskins QB 8/21/1981 10978 30 years, 21 days
Jay Ratliff Cowboys DT 8/29/1981 10970 30 years, 13 days

23 Comments

  1. Hi my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I?d like to look extra posts like this .

  2. [...] actually not really even all that close to 25.58.  The Redskins’ average age is more like 27 years, 2 months.  Stop giving the fans false hope, [...]

  3. D3Keith says:

    Dare I even bring this up?

    Say you’ve got a player like Danny Watkins or John Beck, who is old but has no or virtually no NFL playing experience? Then you have Vick, who came out after a sophomore year but missed a year, or LeSean McCoy, who at 23 is three years young than his rookie RG and is going into his third year?

    What do you want the age calculations to mean? Should it correlate to effectiveness of future starters (which it probably does, save for a few exceptions), or is it just good fodder to have ready for when some schmoe writes about how much older NFCE team X got this offseason?

    1. D3Keith says:

      Um Vick missed 2 years as we all know.

      Anyway, point remains. This is awesome research Jimmy, but as an open question to anyone … what do you get out of a list of youth? Just exactly what it says, whose roster is youngest, or should we have this discussion with the nuances involved (even though there’s no way we can expect Jimmy to do further breakdowns of the calculations)?

  4. Anders says:

    Its break down like this there prove that even if the Eagles FA signings this year dosnt pan out, they aint doomed for the future.

    Eagles are also the only team there got older in every category, but is still one of the youngest team in the NFL.

  5. [...] Age and the NFC East: Breaking it down into 10 different categories, Eagles still the youngest… [...]

  6. Gary says:

    The Skins skill position players had an average age of almost 33 last year? That’s just silly. At least they’re improving on that this year.

    1. Haha, yup. McNabb, Portis, Moss, Galloway, Cooley.

      1. CarverM says:

        Cooley? Cooley is only 29.

        1. I was just listing them all. Cooley still above the league average, fwiw.

  7. keith says:

    And this and the price of eggs in china mean absolutely nothing.

    1. Nipun Tulshian says:

      So does your life tool

  8. CarverM says:

    Something is amiss with the Redskins. The Redskins mothership reports that the average age of the final 53 man roster is 25.58 years old, which is significantly different than your calculation.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Just re-calculated. Got the same thing again. I did the age to the exact day. So while they may have a player as just 26 years old, I might have him at 26 years, 8 months, and 19 days. That would explain a difference of something like 6 months, but it shouldn’t be a difference of more than a year.

      Mike Sando has them as the 11th oldest team in the league, which would line up with my numbers:

      http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/44505/2011-nfl-team-age-ranks-at-53-man-cuts

      A roster age average of 25.58 would put them among the youngest teams in the league which they are certainly not.

      I think the mothership is wrong.

    2. Do you have a link, by the way? I’d like to take a look at what they’re saying specifically.

    3. Nevermind, found it. They didn’t actually write that in a post. They just sort of had it on the description of a link to the roster. If you add up the ages (not to the exact day) on their site, you get 26.6:

      http://www.redskins.com/team/roster.html

      26.6 would make sense if you don’t do it to the exact day like I did, in which I got 27 years and about 2 months. They miscalculated.

      1. cwel87 says:

        Or they calculated properly.

        It’s all based on perspective, my good man.

  9. cwel87 says:

    That Cowboys defense is really, really terrible.

  10. jess says:

    thanks for the breakdown your really dedicated

  11. Route36 says:

    Should have been a Gerontologist, Jimmy. Haha, great stuff.

  12. jeff says:

    “Here’s a list of the 30-somethings in the NFC East. The Eagles have the least with 8, followed by the || Cowboys with 10, while the Cowboys || and Redskins each have 11″

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