How long is too long for an O-line?

Maintaining chemistry is good, but teams find age can quickly become an issue

Originally Published: June 29, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In a recent mailbag column, a reader expressed concern about the age of the Detroit Lions' offensive line.

That gave me the opportunity to bring back "The Theory of 150," a concept I stumbled upon in 2007. That year, the Chicago Bears were trying to squeeze an extra year out of an aging offensive line. Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the gamble seemed reasonable.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told me at training camp then that it didn't make sense to break up the line in ...

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