“Aging Patriots” a Cliché, Not Reality

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Published: March 30, 2009


... There was some truth to that two years ago, with a linebacker corps of Mike Vrabel, Rosevelt Colvin, Tedy Bruschi, Junior Seau, Adalius Thomas and Larry Izzo. Thomas was the baby at 30. 

Today Vrabel is gone by trade.Seau and Colvin have probably returned to their retirement for good now, and Izzo left in free agency. Bruschi appears to be on his last legs. It is unlikely that he will finish 2009 as a starting ILB for the Patriots, even if he begins the season in that role. By crunch time, Thomas, only two years ago the "baby" of the group, will be its old man, a big, fast, hard-hitting linebacker at the top of his career.

The Patriots have brought back Tully Banta-Cain, a promising pass-rushing OLB when he left in free agency a few years ago. He discovered that life wasn't as good when you didn't have ten guys with Super Bowl rings out on the field with you, and eleven more on the offense who could hold the ball long enough that you could rest...

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