Ray Didinger Compares Current Patriots to George Allens Over-The-Hill-Gang.
Ray Didinger, a senior producer at NFL Films was asked by felger what old time coach would he compare Belichick to ... Didinger said George Allen.
Didinger said he especially relates the current Patriots to Allen's Over-The-Hill Gang... cool stuff relating the new to the old ... especially because we all know Belichick loves doing this also. Belichick didn't bring in the old guys like Allen did all at once but the ones he has plugged in are indeed valuable players.
Allens team: 31 age average
Patriots team: 27.3 age average
Anyways, not quite identical but some fun stuff to research on the night before the game.
Rodney, Bruschi, Vrabel, Thomas, Seau older men playing like kids.
The start of the Over-the-Hill Gang was the 1971 NFL Draft. Of the Redskins first five picks that year, they only used one, deciding to trade the rest. Allen had decided to build his team with experienced players who "did not have to mold to the NFL game".
One of these trades was for Billy Kilmer, a quarterback that had been playing for the New Orleans Saints. As a starter for the Redskins, Kilmer threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdown passes. More importantly, he led the Redskins to back-to-back playoff appearances and became the first Redskins quarterback to start a Super Bowl.
The average age of starters was 31 years old. However, Allen's strategy turned the Redskins around as the team improved to a 9-4-1 record in 1971, and finished the 1972 season with an NFC-best 11-3 record. The retooled Redskins' nine victories in 1971 was the most by a Washington team in 29 years. In his seven seasons with the club, Allen and his veterans produced seven winning records, five playoff appearances, and one trip to the Super Bowl.