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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



September 6, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Same old Seahawks? Hardly. They're young bucks

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Pete Carroll says Seahawks revolving door should slow as season progresses
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

The 2011 Seahawks are a more settled, more stable bunch than a year ago.

The numbers bear that out. Of the 53 players currently on the active roster, 26 were added to the team this year. Last year, it was 27 who were new to the Seahawks.

And this year, Seattle only made four roster changes in the days after teams trimmed their roster to 53 players. Last year, the Seahawks made six moves.

If it's not evident, I'm being sarcastic. Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this year that he didn't expect the roster flux that Seattle experienced a yeare ago, but so far things are actually pretty similar, and the roster change from the previous year is once again greater than anything experience in Tim Ruskell's five years as president.

 2005200620072008200920102011
New players18131613162726

The result of all these changes is that Seattle has gotten younger. Significantly younger. The Seahawks ended last season with three starters who were 35 or older if you count kicker Olindo Mare. Now? There are only three players total who are older than 30, and no starter is older than 31.

It's remarkable, really.

AgeYounger than 2525 through 2930 through 3435 or olderAverage age
200516277327 years, 59 days
200611319227 years, 213 days
200715269327 years, 174 days
200819256327 years, 95 days
200917258327 years, 156 days
201018258227 years, 49 days
201121293026 years, 21 days

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