Once Jeff dies, every other staff member and intern will fight for the title of site administrator, and so it will go on...echoing through time...
Jeff has said many times that this is a personality driven site. If Vinny, Ryan, Drew, or Brad left, I'd probably get my game coverage from another site. By the way, its not a shot against Patrick, but he hasn't distinguished himself in any major way.
I like how you say "it's not a shot against Patrick", the proceed to fire directly at him.
Am I the only one that would be fine with Giant Bomb: The Next Generation? Same personality-driven site, same stupid memes, but a fresh new cast. Not that I'd prefer that over the current Bomb Squad, but I'd rather see them pass the torch to a new crew than let the site die.
No, because I'm old and fuck young people.
To be frank though, hasn't Ryan and Jeff (and Brad?) been in this business for pretty much their entire adult life? What would they do if they left GB? Is there anything they CAN do besides working at some other gaming site or taking up a shitty everybody-can-do-this-job? I don't think retiring early is an option for any of them, really.
So yeah, as long as the site can survive financially, I fully expect all the old guys to remain until they're old geezers.