Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Dec 2012

ESPN: Atlanta's Shrinking Title Window

Using a new measure of team age based on snap count data, we show that the Falcons have fielded the oldest team in the league this season. Does the Falcons' relative old age doom their future Super Bowl chances? Age concerns are especially prevalent on defense, and along the offensive line.

Posted by: Danny Tuccitto on 06 Dec 2012

9 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2013, 4:42pm by james caine

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by Anonymous1 (not verified) :: Thu, 12/06/2012 - 4:11pm

Going out of your way to tap into the angry Dirty Bird market, are we? ;-)

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by WarrenG (not verified) :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 10:05am

It's a little sad that instead of articles praising the Falcons for having a great season and finding ways to win, all we ever get is articles predicting imminent doom and failure.

I can't imagine the amount of pressure that's going to be on the Falcons in that first playoff game.

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by Peregrine :: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 2:24pm

Actually, I think the team would improve if some of these older players are gone next season. Gonzo is an excellent possession TE, but he's an awful blocker. Turner's done. And McClure (the center) is below average and will be gone too. I would say the only key player older than 31 expected to be back next year is Abraham.

A few keys guys in the 30-31 range (Babineaux, Clabo, Samuel, White, Robinson) but they aren't ready for the pasture yet.

Roster here for the curious

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/player-roster.html

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Sun, 12/09/2012 - 10:24am

Have you heard that my hometown Panthers are a better team?

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by Adamant Solutions (not verified) :: Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:10am

Thanks for publishing these details to the web.

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by 12th MAN (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 3:25pm

The MIGHTY SEAHAWKS are going to crush the Falcons!!!!!!!

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by james caine (not verified) :: Wed, 03/20/2013 - 4:42pm

I think Atlanta is definitely one of the best teams in the league. They will be fighting for this championship for a long time with all of this talent. It is just a matter of time before they win. Used cars Windsor Ontario