AFC South: Mat Turk

You see them in headphones, walking into the stadium, heading from the locker room to the field, as they stretch and run and get ready for kickoff.

Before the iPods are turned off and put away, what’s the last song the Jaguars listen to in order to get in the right frame of mind?

Build a playlist based on this if you dare:

Linebacker Paul Posluszny: Korn, “Freak on a Leash”

“It gives you that pre-game chill that makes you feel invincible.”

Safety Dawan Landry: Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight.”

“That’s universal.”

Defensive end Austen Lane: Korn, “Got the Life” and Linkin Park, “Bleed it Out”

“They are just really loud, fast-paced songs. It just gets me jacked up, puts me in the zone. After I listen to those two songs, I’m good to go.”

Receiver Jason Hill: DMX, “Dogs for Life”

“I play a lot of slow music to begin with, but when Jack [Del Rio] says ‘Hey, we’ve got a couple minutes,’ that’s when I turn on DMX. That song lets me know the guys around me have my back, I’ve got their back and we’re ready to roll.”

Tight end Zach Miller: 2Pac, “Ambitionz az a Ridah”

“It’s game time, it’s time to go. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel nice and cool.”

Linebacker Clint Session: Geopale, “Closer to my Dream”

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert: Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

“I just like to listen to it. Calms you down, gets you in your own little zone.”

Cornerback Rashean Mathis: Chris Tomlin, “Our God”

“Just an awesome song letting you know how great our God is. Also, it says if our God is with us, then who can be against us.”

Receiver Mike Thomas: Meek Millz featuring Rick Ross, “I’m a Boss”

“That one plays pretty consistently in the locker room.”

Right tackle Eben Britton: 2Pac, "All Eyez on Me"

"Always gets me fired up to step on the field and go to work."

Fullback Greg Jones: Phil Collins, In the Air Tonight”

“It just sets the tone and gets you in the right state of mind.”

Punter Matt Turk: “All my Christian music puts things into perspective, takes the pressure off. It calms you but it does get you pumped up at the same time.”

Linebacker Daryl Smith: “Maybe Young Jeezy or some Rick Ross. No steady song. I hit shuffle and just ride. And then if somebody puts something on in the locker room, I’m good with that.”

Cornerback Derek Cox: "I actually don't listen to music before games. My head is clearer that way."

Just as young as we think

September, 7, 2009
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Age Rank NFL Team Average Age
1 Redskins 28.02
2 Saints 27.99
3 Cardinals 27.74
3 Patriots 27.74
5 Lions 27.62
6 49ers 27.51
7 Steelers 27.50
8 Vikings 27.48
9 Seahawks 27.41
10 Falcons 27.39
11 Titans 27.29
12 Browns 27.18
13 Jets 27.16
13 Broncos 27.16
15 Bears 27.02
16 Cowboys 26.93
17 Bills 26.93
18 Chargers 26.93
19 Texans 26.89
20 Giants 26.88
21 Ravens 26.83
22 Raiders 26.82
23 Eagles 26.81
24 Rams 26.73
25 Jaguars 26.61
26 Bengals 26.60
27 Dolphins 26.47
28 Bucs 26.46
29 Panthers 26.39
30 Chiefs 26.36
31 Colts 26.34
32 Packers 26.16

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


We certainly regard the Jaguars as a young team.

I think there is a broad perception that the Titans are loaded with young talent.

While the Colts have some older guys they may be built around, they are largely supplemented by young, and often cheaper, players.

The Texans' key guys -- Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Dunta Robinson average 25.8 years old.

Now NFC West maven Mike Sando has run the numbers and the we have some more solid evidence.

The Titans have the 11th oldest average age in the league, the Texans 19th oldest, the Jaguars 25th oldest and the Colts 31st oldest.

Division by division, the AFC South is the youngest with the AFC West second and the NFC South third.

Interesting stuff.

One thing to keep in mind: A couple guys can help skew things. The Texans, for example, have a 41-year old punter in Matt Turk and a 39-yard old in defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina. Imagine how young they'd be if they had an average age guy in those two spots?

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