Giants, others proving youth rules

After two disappointing trips to the playoffs, the Giants made a conscious decision to get younger. The move has been a key factor in New York's surprising run to the Super Bowl, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: January 30, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In the NFL, age is a strange thing. Older isn't necessarily better.

After back-to-back trips to the wild-card playoffs under Tom Coughlin in 2005 and 2006, Father Time rang some alarms inside the New York Giants' biological clock. The team finished the '06 season with a 9-7 record and the 23rd-oldest roster in the league (average age of 27.08). After that campaign, halfback Tiki Barber and backup tackle Bob Whitfield retired. Left tackle Luke Petitgout was banged up and ...

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