Apres’ cuts: Age is just a number

Apres’ cuts: Age is just a number
September 1, 2013, 11:30 pm
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All six of the Bears’ 2013 draft choices and three of last year’s six are on the 53-man roster as it is currently constituted. The roster also includes four undrafted rookies: defensive end David Bass (by way of the Oakland Raiders); running back Michael Ford; defensive tackle Zach Minter; and cornerback C.J. Wilson.

The result is a slight down-tick in the age of the Bears, although whether that matters is decidedly less than clear.

The Bears have the second-oldest team based on average ages put together by ESPN's NFC West blogger Mike Sando. The Lions are the oldest.

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But here’s the catch and why this age thing may indeed be a positive and not a liability:

Of the nine oldest teams, six had winning records in 2012, and of those six, only the Bears (10-6) and New York Giants (9-7) missed the playoffs.

And while youth may be served on occasion, it’s not necessarily in the NFL. Of the 10 youngest rosters, only Green Bay and Seattle had winning records, and five of the remaining eight fired their coaches.