JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Most of the players on the Jacksonville Jaguars have never heard about Cabbage Patch Kids, didn't see "E.T." in a theater and have no idea who J.R. is, let alone who shot him.
In the current NFL, though, that's generally a good thing. Better to have a lot of guys in the early and middle stages of their careers than guys in the final stages. In fact, the Jaguars have just four players age 30 or older on the roster, which is tied for the fewest in the NFL according to research done by Jimmy Kempski, the Philadelphia Eagles writer with PhillyVoice.com.
Being young obviously doesn't always equate to success, though, because the other three teams tied with the Jaguars are the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers have made the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons. However, the Bucs have made the playoffs twice since 2002 (2005 and 2007) and the Rams haven't been since 2004. The Jaguars last made the playoffs in 2007.
Chicago has the most players of 30 or older with 14, and the following teams are next with 12: New York Jets, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Francisco.