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The Foolishness of Big Contracts after Age 30

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by T-RO, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    Here is an excellent article breaking down player age and production:
    ww.pro-football-reference.com/articles/age.htm

    Here is the summary of the number crunching:
    Unfortunately this article did not publish any data about defensive players. The study clumped in Tight Ends with "receivers."

    Here is my guess-timation for other positions. Please feel free to throw in your own estimation.
    -O-lineman seem to enjoy longer lives in the NFL. Maybe not declining until 32 or 33 and then only slowly declining.
    -DBs have short lives in the league...similar to running backs...declining after age 28.
    -Linebackers probably start declining around age 30.
    -D-lineman maybe 30-32.

    Now let's ponder it:
    •Romo will turn 33 in a few weeks.
    •Witten will turn 31 in May
    •Ware is 30

    If somebody forced me to bet on it...I'd predict all 3 have already entered into their decline. I hope I'm wrong. But hope isn't a plan.

    Radplan is our only hope
  2. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    I don't disagree. But I think you also have to look at consistently, level of eliteness, and position. Romo is turning 33 but he plays QB and we all know how hard it is to find a QB. Witten is turning 31 but he's probably one of the most consistent players in the entire league at any position. Look at Tony Gonzalez. And Ware, when healthy, is one of the all-time greats. Then again you got guys like Spencer who are nearing 30 who are good but not elite. Those are the guys you don't sign to a max contract.
  3. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    'Radplan' is rebuilding noting more.

    as for your link:

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  4. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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  5. Maxmadden

    Maxmadden Active Member

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    Go back and look at all the teams that won the Superbowl the last ten years or so and look at the exceptions on your list. I unfortunately read your "Radplan" and you sir have been weighed, measured and found wanting.
  6. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    We fans (and even the boys in front offices) often forget: Randy Moss at 23 isn't Randy Moss at 31. Completely different players. The NFL is merciless. You either have the athleticism...or you don't.

    Romo has already passed the line when it starts, and somebody is going to give him a five year contract at 20 mil annual? (I hope it's not us)

    Sure there are exceptions. But it's wise to regard them as exceptions.
  7. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    Here you go...last 13 Super Bowl winners. See any quarterbacks older than 32?

    Kurt Warner- 28
    Trent Dilfer- 28
    Tom Brady- 24
    Brad Johnson- 34
    Tom Brady-26
    Tom Brady-27
    Ben Roethlisberger-23
    Peyton Manning-30
    Eli Manning- 27
    Ben Roethlisberger - 26
    Drew Brees - 32
    Aaron Rogers - 27
    Eli Manning - 31
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    Troy Aikman 1989-2000
    George Blanda (Also PK) 1949-1958, 1960-1975
    Terry Bradshaw 1970-1983
    Len Dawson 1957-1975
    John Elway 1983-1998
    Dan Fouts 1973-1987
    Otto Graham 1946-1955
    Bob Griese 1967-1980
    Sonny Jurgensen 1957-1974
    Jim Kelly 1986-1996
    Bobby Layne 1948-1962
    Dan Marino 1983-1999
    Joe Montana 1979-1994
    Warren Moon 1984-2000
    Joe Namath 1965-1977
    Bart Starr 1956-1971
    Roger Staubach 1969-1979
    Fran Tarkenton 1961-1978
    Y.A. Tittle 1948-1964
    Johnny Unitas 1956-1973
    Norm Van Brocklin 1949-1960
    Bob Waterfield 1945-1952
    Steve Young 1985-1999

    http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/positions.aspx#sthash.CGyWTifC.dpuf


    My guess is the stats are pushed down by the fact many are out of the league in a few years and the better ones last into their mid to late 30s some longer. Obviously those in the HOF are at the other end having gotten into the Hall by virtue of their longevity as well as great play.

    Most good or better QBs retire on their own although a few get traded because of declining play. Johnny U was one who hung on too long.
  9. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    How long they play...and how long they play near their peak are two completely different things.

    How many in this last had great years after age 33? Even though Elway won his Super Bowls when he was older...he was a much better player in his mid-twenties.
  10. SDCowboy85

    SDCowboy85 Well-Known Member

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    32 is not old at all for QBs anymore. That's just into the prime.
  11. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    That's not at all what the research indicates. And it's certainly not what is shown in that list of Super Bowl winners.
  12. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    When did Troy win Super Bowls?
    All before age 31.

    When did Bradshaw win Super Bowls?
    All before age 32.

    When did Brady win Super Bowls?
    All before age 32

    When have the Manning brothers won Super Bowls?
    All before age 32

    Need I go on?
  13. Maxmadden

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    I didn't know you were focusing on Qb's. So you are going to cut these HOF QB's because they reached the age of 32? Romo didn't even play his first 2 years in the league. You have the perfect exit strategy but you can't see past tomorrow. How many teams in the league are constantly searching for THE QB? Every year they give away multiple draft picks and overdraft QB's not because he was the best player available but because they know that the Trent Dilfer teams only come along once every 20 years or so. It all starts and finishes with the QB.

    Name the QB's between Aikman and Romo and remember we went 5 and 11 three of those seasons but failed to get a Qb all of those years..and how many of the 1st round QB's have flamed out? A bird in hand is worth 3 in the bush.

    1) Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl I (33) and Super Bowl II (34).
    2) Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs - Super Bowl IV (34).
    3) John Unitas, Baltimore Colts - Super Bowl V (37). Earl Morrall finished the game, coming in after Unitas' injury. He was 36.
    4) Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys - Super Bowl XII (35).
    5) Jim Plunkett, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders - Super Bowl XV (33) and Super Bowl XVIII (36).
    6) Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins - Super Bowl XVII (33).
    7) Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers - Super Bowl XXIV (33).
    8) Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers - Super Bowl XXIX (33).
    9) John Elway, Denver Broncos - Super Bowl XXXII (37) and Super Bowl XXXIII (38).
  14. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    Quite a list. It validates my point. They are the exception. As speed and athleticism has ratcheted up in the past few decades...the exceptions can be numbered on a few fingers. (The 33-year olds are just entering their decline years so that can be understood)

    Yes, it might be difficult to find a Romo replacement. And it's particularly difficult if you aren't drafting near the top. That's why its best we trade Romo NOW, and facilitate a bad seasonal record. If we load up picks and move up in the draft...we'll increase our odds of finding a Luck or a Lee or a Russell.

    The Romo at age 35 won't be the Romo we saw at age 30. It's quite unlikely he'll be a top 10 QB at that age.
  15. nickjamesw43

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    I don't think that stat sheet tells you much. If I'm reading it correctly it only gives the percent that improve or decline after a certain age. It tells you nothing about the magnitude of the improvement or decline.

    Secondly it's foolhardy to compare completely different players just because they play the same position. You have to look at players who have had a similar career arc to the given player. For instance you should not be comparing Randy Moss and Terrell Owens to the wide receiver position in general. You should compare them to other top receivers who played previously.

    Also 9 of the 30 superbowl winning QBs have been older then 32 when they won. That is not a rare exception that's a pretty significant chunk.
  16. KB1122

    KB1122 Well-Known Member

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    I did a SB qb age post a few weeks ago. Three SBs have been won by qbs age 34 (Johnson. After that, there are about 5 total, and the names are Elway, Unitas, Staubach, with a Plunkett thrown in. Elite of the elite.

    Generally, if a qb is going to win a SB, he has already won it by 34. If Tony doesn't win one this coming year, he will have to become the second oldest qb ever to win his first Super Bowl.

    I would never sign a quarterback past age 34, unless he was the best of the best. And even then I would think twice.
  17. Maxmadden

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    I apologize, I just can't buy into this Loser mentality. If we sucked, for example this year, we could have the no.1 pick in this draft and who are you going to pick to build your franchise around? Geno Smith? Who are you going to pick the next year Johnny Football? Luck was purely luck. Romo isn't the missing piece of the puzzle. If your intentions are to go out there and suck, chances are you will succeed, and you will probably become quite good at it.

    Dude, you're out there all alone.
  18. T-RO

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    In the past 13 years only 1 guy has been older than 32. That says it all right there. I don't care squat what quarterbacks won it thirty years ago when there was virtually nothing but pocket passers.

    The only real modern exception of a guy, well past the 32-year mark who has won a modern Super Bowl is John Elway.
  19. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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  20. RW Hitman

    RW Hitman Well-Known Member

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    is this just a re-worded "lets tank the season for better draft position" thread? It sure sounds like it.

    Sorry but no thanks EVER to that idea

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