Dallas is first playoff team without a starter over 30 in 31 years

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The Cowboys ended the regular season with the second-youngest roster at 26 years, two weeks. Only the Browns, at 25 years, 10 months, were younger, according to the Cowboys’ public relations staff.

That hasn’t stopped the Cowboys from winning the NFC East title and a wild-card playoff game.

“Very young but very experienced,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “A lot of the guys that are two or three years in have played all two or three years that they’ve been in the league. That gives you a lot of experience and a lot of great experience especially all the close games we’ve had over a couple years that serves us well. But just that youth also benefits us, having it, coming out here this late in the year and have practices like we had with the energy, the focus, it’s all going to pay off.”

The Cowboys have only two players over the age of 30: Linebacker Sean Lee, who played only four snaps last weekend, is 32; long snapper Louis-Philippe Ladouceur is 37.

That means all 22 of the Cowboys’ starters are under the age of 30. That prompted a great question posed by Bobby Belt of NFL Network on Twitter: When was the last time a playoff team had all 22 starters under the age of 30?

The Elias Sports Bureau answered PFT‘s query: The last team with no starters over the age of 30 in a playoff game was the Saints on Jan. 3, 1988.

Only the good win young.

“We’re a young team. We’re having a lot of fun, though,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “These guys are one, two, three, four years in the league. Some of these guys, first time they’ve been in the playoffs. Some of them, second time, all that. We’re just having a blast with a young group. Very hungry. We’ve got a fairly veteran group up front; guys that have been around. They’re not old guys yet, but they’ve been around. We’ve got a good mix of real young and semi-young. We’re not a team that has those old veterans. We miss the old guys that used to be around here, but these young guys, they’re playing hard and it’s fun to coach them.”

32 responses to “Dallas is first playoff team without a starter over 30 in 31 years

  1. This is why Kris Richard will not leave! To much young talent and playing on the worlds biggest stage always in the spotlight and will be winning many championships with this core. Jason built it the right way and we have Tons of cap space to keep all of them! Dynasty Part 2! Coming baby!

  2. Let me clear things up for you haters. The point is, this team isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Players get better with experience. And if they have the second youngest roster competing to play in the title game, that bodes well for the future. As Terrell Owens would say, get ‘cha popcorn ready.

    How ’bout them Cowboys!?!

  3. @ BrassBallsDougP,

    So what your saying is that most of their current players could barely walk/talk the last time the Cowboys were actually a contender?

    Why does the time line matter so much to haters? The fact the Eagles are in it now has nothing to do with last year. Every year is a new year, with new players, new personnel, etc. The Eagles are lucky to be in it at all this season, but they are, and last year affords them nothing. By your standards, they have ZERO SB wins to their credit before last year, so your point is?…….

    The Cowboys are where they are today, but if you want to look at the past, there is a legacy of 5 SB wins that they can point to.

    But you stay classy, bro…..

  4. Too bad there’s the Salary Cap, that over a short period of time the Cowboys will lose
    a lot of there players to free agency. Salary Cap = Mediocrity at least for most teams.

  5. It’s truly satisfying to see the Cowboys exceed all the haters expectations week after week after week after week. The Ram’s dwindling offense against the Cowboy’s tenacious defense. I like the Cowboy’s chances!!

  6. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles remains unconcerned with Dallas.
    Zeke is a phenomenal young talent. However he has 2 years left, at best, to play at a high leve,l based on his overuse.
    Dak is an average QB who will turn the ball over when the pressure is on. Just sit back and watch it happen this week.

  7. You know what that means ? Absolutely nothing. In two years 70% of these guys are gone because dallas won’t a nickel left after taking care of cooper, Elliott, smith, awuzi, vanderesch etc and throwing a kings ransom away on a serviceable qb

  8. I posted the numbers here befor…

    Between 2007-2017…Dallas has had the most different All Pro’s in the league…if I remember correctly it was something like 16 or 17 different All Pro’s in that 10 year span…give any competent coach Dallas’ roster in that span…and they’d be Superbowl winners by now…

  9. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm
    And it will show when the Rams beat them handily on Saturday night.

    Is this kinda like that prediction you made last week when the Cowboys were playing the Seahawks?

  10. If they’re giving out trophies for having a young team, Bears have a pretty young team too. Kyle Long is the oldest starter and turned 30 a month before the playoffs started

  11. Sure seems like Kris Richard punked Pete and the Seahawks knowing Ol Petey would continue to play his gradeschool level offensive philosophy even after Richard stopped it over and over. Seattle fans have a ton to look forward to. It’s like the Mike Holmgren era with a smile and a gum chomp instead of a scowling 6’5″ 290 lb presence behind it.

  12. birdsfan1215 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 3:50 pm
    This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles remains unconcerned with Dallas.
    Zeke is a phenomenal young talent. However he has 2 years left, at best, to play at a high leve,l based on his overuse.
    Dak is an average QB who will turn the ball over when the pressure is on. Just sit back and watch it happen this week.

    Dak our “average qb” just SWEPT you all mighty world champions. lol. In Fact just being FACTS and all We have beaten you now 3 STR8 games now.

  13. @birdsfan1215 says..

    just keep telling yourself that

    World Champions! That is all
    —————————-
    For another few weeks, then it’s over. Then your SB win will be ancient history just like Dallas’ 5 Lombardi trophies.

  14. If Dak continues to improve they should be a good team for the next few years. They’re pretty set at all other positions (TE probably being the biggest question mark), and should be able to truly go best player available the next few drafts.

  15. I guessed Vikings or Browns. Forgot about Saints. Then again those Hebert efforts didn’t work out too well.

  16. cbalboavt says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    If Dak continues to improve they should be a good team for the next few years. They’re pretty set at all other positions (TE probably being the biggest question mark), and should be able to truly go best player available the next few drafts.

    You must be from the Dallas Delusional Group (I live in the Big D, and all my friends are ‘Boys fans. I am not. Even they consider him a liability). What makes you think he is even remotely improving? Teams game plan to slow down Zeke so they force Dak to throw the ball. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of his improving skills.

    Very good D, lethargic, one dimensional offense. Lucky to play in a WEAK NFCE, and drawing a barely in there Seahawks team that is largely rebuilding. I wouldn’t get ahead of myself.

  17. objectivefbfan says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    cbalboavt says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    If Dak continues to improve they should be a good team for the next few years. They’re pretty set at all other positions (TE probably being the biggest question mark), and should be able to truly go best player available the next few drafts.

    You must be from the Dallas Delusional Group (I live in the Big D, and all my friends are ‘Boys fans. I am not. Even they consider him a liability). What makes you think he is even remotely improving? Teams game plan to slow down Zeke so they force Dak to throw the ball. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of his improving skills.

    Very good D, lethargic, one dimensional offense. Lucky to play in a WEAK NFCE, and drawing a barely in there Seahawks team that is largely rebuilding. I wouldn’t get ahead of myself.

    And what’s your arguement, that hes getting worse? Never claimed he was a superstar nor that Dallas was a powerhouse. His accuracy is questionable and he has plenty to prove. Still made it to the playoffs 2 of 3 years, helped the team overcome a 3-5 start and made the plays he had to last week to help get a win. They’re pretty set at Oline, WR and obviously RB. Their LBs are legit and they’re set at CB and DE. Safety and DT are not name players but they’re playing well. What’s delusional about that?

  18. I am a Cowboys fan as well but I am not sold on Dak. He is a turnover machine in the red zone for sure.
    Also, what’s with all the”weak NFCE” comments we have seen all year? There are 2 playoff teams out of the east. Do you expect us to believe that the North end South are powerhouse divisions? Wth?

  19. Last team with no starters over 30? That’s also Chicago. Long started, but is only 30, so not over. Sherrick McMannis is 31, but comes in during sub-packages in nickel defense, thus not a starter. Chase Daniel is 32, but is a back-up, thus not a starter. Patrick Scales is 30, but a LS, thus not a starter.

    Nobody else on the team has an age that starts with a “3.”

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