Lets face it, the youth movement is well under way in Seattle. Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over a fairly old team, and have systematically replaced almost all the 30-something players with guys right out of college. This really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as Carroll and Schneider have repeated said they wanted to get bigger, stronger, fasters and younger. Notice the word “better” isn’t in that list, but that’s a topic for another post.
So just how young is this team? Well, there are only 4 teams younger in the NFL. The Bucs are the youngest, followed by the Packers, Panthers, Bengals and the the Seahawks. Personally I find this quite interesting. The Buc and Packers are really good teams, the Panthers and Bengals are not, co clearly being a really young team isn’t generally correlated with being good.
Breaking it down a bit further, the Seahawks have the league’s 3rd youngest offense, with only Tampa and Cinci being younger. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise when you consider all the veteran players who have left in the past few months, like Hasselbeck, Pitts, Hamilton, Spencer, and Locklear. of all the new faces on offense, only Robert Gallery is over 26.
Defense is a different story entirely. Seattle still has 3 players north of 30 in Trufant, Brock and Siavii. In fact, there are 15 teams whose defense is younger than Seattle’s, even after the departures of Lawyer Milloy and Lofa Tatupu.
So how young is too young? I’m interested in hearing your take on this.