Packers Remain Young

In each year of Ted Thompson's tenure, the Packers have been among the NFL's 10 youngest teams. Here are age, height and weight numbers, as released by the NFL on Wednesday.

Rod Stewart isn’t forever young, but the Green Bay Packers under general manager Ted Thompson certainly are.

Since taking over as general manager in 2005, the Packers have ranked among the youngest teams in the league every season (see chart below). The average age of the players on the Packers’ Week 1 roster was 25.75. That made Green Bay the eighth-youngest team in the league, according to data reported by the NFL on Wednesday.

The NFL in general has been on a youth movement. That’s evident when comparing 2007 to 2014. In 2007, the Packers’ average age was 25.72. That made them the youngest team in the league. The average age in 2014 is almost identical but the team’s ranking has fallen considerably.

Season Average Age/League Ranking
2005 26.19 (9th-tied)
2006 25.57 (1st)
2007 25.72 (1st)
2008 25.57 (1st-tied)
2009 25.70 (1st)
2010 25.92 (5th)
2011 25.74 (3rd-tied)
2012 25.70 (6th)
2013 25.64 (9th)
201425.75 (8th)

Being young doesn’t provide a built-in excuse. Seattle won the Super Bowl last season by fielding the NFL’s youngest team at 24.98. On the other hand, only three teams were older than Denver’s 26.70 average last season. This season’s a bit of a reversal, with Denver tied for the fourth-youngest (25.72) and just five teams older than Seattle (26.74).

St. Louis is the youngest team and Chicago is the oldest. In the NFC North, Minnesota is the third-youngest team (25.66), followed by Green Bay, Detroit (No. 21; 26.49) and Chicago (No. 32; 27.08).

Interestingly, the Bears not only have the most players ages 30-plus (16) but the third-most most rookies/first-year players (12). Green Bay has seven players ages 30-plus and 10 rookies/first-year players.

The average Packers player stands 6.17 feet tall and weighs 247.55 pounds. The league average is 6.17 and 246.78. Green Bay has six players standing less than 6 feet tall and six players weighing 200 pounds or less. Only Oakland, Jacksonville and Chicago have fewer players less than 6 feet tall and only Carolina and New Orleans have fewer 200-or-less players. On the other hand, Green Bay has just nine 300-plus-pounders; only Houston and New England have fewer.

TEAMAVERAGE AGE
St. Louis25.15
Jacksonville25.34
Minnesota25.66
Cleveland25.72
Denver25.72
Kansas City25.72
Dallas25.74
Green Bay25.75
New England25.79
Buffalo25.81
Miami25.81
N.Y. Jets25.89
Houston25.98
Baltimore26.04
Cincinnati26.06
Pittsburgh26.30
Philadelphia26.34
San Francisco26.40
Washington26.43
Atlanta26.47
Detroit26.49
Tennessee26.58
Carolina26.60
Arizona26.62
New Orleans26.74
Seattle26.74
Tampa Bay26.74
San Diego26.77
Indianapolis26.83
N.Y. Giants26.83
Oakland27.02
Chicago27.08
 
AFC Average26.09
NFC Average26.22
NFL Average26.16


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