The Seattle Seahawks have the youngest projected offensive starters in the NFL for 2011 based on my calculations. Some starting jobs around the league have not yet been won or lost, so there is some projection involved. But the big picture will not change much.
The Seahawks are heading toward the 2011 opener with left guard Robert Gallery as the only projected offensive starter older than 28. He turned 31 last month and is nearly nine years older than right tackle James Carpenter, the youngest offensive starter.
What does it all mean? Consider this more evidence of the massive overhaul Seattle has undertaken. General managers are more likely than coaches to embrace youth because they’re responsible for the long term. In Seattle, Pete Carroll has embraced youth to a degree that has facilitated the transition. His eagerness to remake the offensive line and willingness to part with 35-year-old starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck come to mind as examples.