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Texans had best 'functional average age'

Youth and speed are always hot commodities in the NFL.

The 2009 Texans scored very well in the “functional average age” as calculated by Chase Stuart. He didn’t just look at the average age of the roster or the starters, he weighs a player’s age based on his role and contribution.

He concluded that Houston was the youngest team in the league with a team age of 25.9. The Texans were fifth on offense (26.5) and first on defense (25.3)

The biggest change on defense going forward is first-round pick Kareem Jackson taking over for departed cornerback Dunta Robinson, which should help keep the Texans especially young.

That the Texans went 9-7 with such youth was impressive.

Now it’s time for a double-digit win season and the franchise’s first playoff berth.