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19 NFL quarterbacks older than new Rams head coach, Sean McVay

19 NFL quarterbacks older than new Rams head coach, Sean McVay

BY TYLER BYRUM

On Thursday the Los Angeles Rams made NFL history by hiring the youngest coach in league history, Sean McVay at 30-years-old.

At 30 years, 11 months (McVay turns 31 on Jan. 24), he beat out Lane Kiffin who became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders at 31 years, 8 months in 2007.

With the hire, there are numerous questions that McVay and the Rams organizations must face going forward. How will a team respond with a young head coach? What will the discipline of the team be? Will the players respect McVay?

One thing the franchise will not be worrying about is an older quarterback having to work with McVay, as Jared Goff is 22-years old. Goff's youth and future development was probably a main priority in the Rams bringing in the young coach after his development of Kirk Cousins over the past three seasons. 

Currently there are 19 quarterbacks, who started in a game in 2016, that are older than McVay:

Brian Hoyer, 31, Chicago Bears

Matt Ryan, 31, Atlanta Falcons

Joe Flacco, 31, Baltimore Ravens

Alex Smith, 32, Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Moore, 32, Miami Dolphins

Drew Stanton, 32, Arizona Cardinals

Derek Anderson, 33, Carolina Panthers

Aaron Rodgers, 33, Green Bay Packers

Jay Cutler, 33, Chicago Bears

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 34, New York Jets

Ben Roethlisberger, 34, Pittsburgh Steelers

Matt Cassel, 34, Tennessee Titans

Philip Rivers, 35, Los Angeles Chargers

Luke McCown, 35, New Orleans Saints

Eli Manning, 36, New York Giants

Carson Palmer, 37, Arizona Cardinals

Drew Brees, 37, New Orleans Saints

Josh McCown, 37, Cleveland Browns

Tom Brady, 39, New England Patriots

It certainly helps that the Rams were the youngest team in the league this past season, with an average age of 25. Barring a massive roster takeover, which is not likely given the makeup of the team, they will be one of the youngest teams in the NFL once again in 2017. 

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Redskins have a 1 in 8 chance of playing in Mexico City next season

Redskins have a 1 in 8 chance of playing in Mexico City next season

There is a one-in-eight chance the Redskins will play against the Arizona Cardinals next season in Mexico City.

The Cardinals are hosting the Super Bowl in 2023, so as a tradeoff, one of their games next season will be played south of the border at Estadio Azteca, the NFL announced Friday.

Arizona has home games against the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins in 2020, so one of those eight squads will head to Mexico City rather than the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. AZ.

"We are thrilled to learn that this game will take place at Estadio Azteca where we received such an enthusiastic reception in 2005," Cardinals chairman and president Michael Bidwill said in a release. "We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from fans in Mexico and look forward to an incredible experience."

The Redskins have only played in one game outside the United States as part of the International Series. In Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season, the Redskins and the Bengals finished in a 27-27 tie at Wembley Stadium in London.

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Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

Junkies' call Mel Kiper's stance of the Redskins taking Tua Tagovailoa over Chase Young 'preposterous'

What should the Redskins do with the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? 

Some believe Washington has an easy choice and should take Chase Young. Some think they should consider taking Tua Tagovailoa despite drafting Dwayne Haskins a year ago. ESPN's Mel Kiper is a proponent of both.

"You can have all the Chase Young's you want," Kiper said Thursday. "This is a quarterback league all the way.

"If the medical staff clears [Tagovailoa], and the medical staff is going to be key to this," he continued. "If they sign off, you take Tua at No. 2. You don't trade the pick, you don't take Chase Young. And if Haskins turns out to better, than great then we can trade Tua."

This goes against what Kiper said just a month ago. In a mock draft from January 24, Kiper wrote, "If you scanned Washington's depth chart, you probably wouldn't pick out an edge rusher as its top need. It might not even be in the top three. And yet, the Redskins absolutely can't pass on Young -- unless they get bowled over with an offer from a team trading up."

Anyway, The Sports Junkies took time to react to Kiper's comments on their Friday show. Eric Bickel, J.P. Flaim and Jason Bishop had particularly interesting takes on whether the Redskins should consider drafting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back years.

That's preposterous," Bickel said. "That's the part where it falls apart."

"You can't draft quarterbacks back to back in the first round and have them battle it out," Bishop said. 

"It would be just like what happened in Arizona," Bickel said in response. "They'd have to unload Haskins and get what they could."

The Cardinals did exactly what Kiper is proposing for the Redskins last season when they took Kyler Murray with the first pick despite drafting Josh Rosen in the top-10 the year prior. Arizona, similar to the Redskins this year, hired a new head coach after taking Rosen. 

The Cardinals then traded Rosen to the Dolphins on Day 2 of the draft last year in exchange for a second-round pick (Andy Isabella) and a 2020 fifth-round pick. Murray went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and Rosen only made three starts for the Dolphins in 2019. 

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and if the Redskins believe Tagovailoa gives them a better chance to compete for a Super Bowl than Dwayne Haskins, then they shouldn't worry about taking a quarterback in back-to-back drafts. It's certainly worked out for the Cardinals so far. But there are no certainties in the draft, as Flaim points out. 

"I think [Kiper's] just saying that," Flaim said. "The reality is if you really believe Tua is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Like, if you're evaluation is Tua's going to be a Russell Wilson, he's going to be an Aaron Rodgers, he's going to be an elite quarterback in the league, and Haskins is just going to be a guy, he could be a starter, then you take Tua. But it's so inexact you have no idea."

Washington's interest in Tagovailoa is unknown at this point, though they will be meeting with him and Joe Burrow prior to the draft. Head coach Ron Rivera did say however, the Redskins are, 'just doing our due diligence,' in meeting with the top two quarterbacks in this year's draft. 

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