For the third year in a row the Green Bay Packers have opened the year as the youngest team in the league. Last year the Packers average age was 25.72 years of age this year they opened the season at 25.57 years of age. Two big reasons the Packers average age decreased was the retirement of long snapper Rob Davis last years leader in the clubhouse and the departure of Brett Favre last years leader on the field. It would seem unusual that a team that was an overtime score away from going to the Super Bowl last year with the youngest team in the league would actually get younger instead of adding veteran players in the off-season in an attempt to get to the Super Bowl. Packers general manager Ted Thompson who won last years NFL executive of the year decided against adding veteran players this off-season and instead has put his faith in his talented young roster.
A prime example of the Packers youth is at the quarterback position where Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback and is being backed up by two rookies Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm, instead of a veteran with game experience. The Packers have gotten off the year to a good start with there defeat of the Vikings on Monday, however you have to wonder how a young team will deal with adversity if they run into during the season. One thing the Packers have going for them is Aaron Rodgers during the Brett Favre dilemma showed his leadership by handling the situations extremely well.
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