I was thinking about the issue of how old our team is because every once in a while, I'll read somewhere -- a journalist or a fan of another team -- that the Als are an aging team. So I looked at our roster and broke some numbers down.
Of our whole roster, 20 players are 30 or older.
Of those 20, 7 are exactly 30 years old.
Of the rest, 6 are 31, 4 are 32, 1 is 33, 1 is 35, and 1 is 40 (guess who those last two are, LOL).
Looking at the '30 or over' group of 20 again by side of the ball and position:
Running backs: 3 (Marc, Carter, and Diedrick)
Receivers: 3 (Richardson, Bratton, and Deslauriers)
Offensive line: 2 (Bourke and Flory)
Quarterback: 1 (Calvillo)
Defensive line: 5 (Mullinder, Bowman, Hunt, Jones, and Bekasiak)
Linebackers: 3 (Guzman, Ferri, and Davis)
DBs: 3 (Parker, Brown, and D. Anderson)
These age distributions seem pretty reasonable to me, particularly when you consider that seven of those players are only 30 and there is no particular position where we have too many old dudes. Yes, the D-line has 5 over-30 guys, but of that group, Jones will likely be cut, Mullinder is probably backing up Bekasiak, and the rest are all in their early '30s. We've got 3 LBs over 30, but so much LB depth (Cox, Restelli, Emry, Brouillette, Dublanko, Woods) that it's not an issue (in fact, a guy like Ferri might lose his job in TC).
Richardson is 30 and coming off a spectacular season, while Bratton is also only 30 and the 'old dude' Deslauriers (31) is a backup at best. The over-30 running backs are all backups or limited usage players (Carter at FB). The O-line is in great shape with one greybeard (Flory at 35), one young vet (Bourke at 30), and three players in various stages of their '20s (LBJ, Perrett, and Woodruff), with younger talent waiting in the wings (Bomben and Matte).
So again, I ask: why is the common perception that we're an old team? Particularly in an offseason when we've released older veterans like Anwar Stewart and Eric Wilson?