LA Chargers countdown to 2020: Best number 90 in team history
By Jason Reed
We are 90 days away from the LA Chargers being back in action.
Counting today, there are officially 90 days until the LA Chargers kick-off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.
To countdown the days, we have been breaking down the best player in franchise history to wear the coinciding number with however many days there are remaining until Week 1. Thus far, not a single current Charger has earned the honor.
That trend is going to continue with the number 90, as the current number 90 on the LA Chargers’ roster is undrafted free agent Jesse Lemonier. The last player to wear the number and actually appear in a game is Ryan Carrethers.
The best number 91 in LA Chargers’ history: Marco Coleman
The number 91 does not have a great history with the LA Chargers. The greatest player to ever wear the number is someone who is very easily forgotten about when we look back at Chargers’ history.
Marco Coleman played for the Chargers for just three seasons from 1996 to 1998 and actually had an elite pass-rushing season, although it came two years after he left the Chargers with the Washington Redskins. That was the only Pro Bowl honor of his career.
Coleman was very reliable for the Bolts in his three seasons with the team. He did not miss a single game in the three seasons and started 47 of the 48 games played. He did not get to the quarterback often, but he was still a positive presence on the defensive line.
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Coleman only registered a combined 9.5 sacks in those three seasons with a high of four sacks in his first season. However, he was a great contributor in stopping the run and not allowing plays to extend on the outside.
He did not have the flashiest of numbers but he was still a really solid contributor on the defensive side of the football. The lowest Approximate Value that he posted in a season with the Chargers was seven and he one of just two number 90s in team history with 10 or more career AV with the team.
He had accumulated 26 total AV in his three seasons with the Chargers. The second-best player, Adrian Dingle, accumulated 14 total AV with the Chargers, and that is about as good as it gets.
It is safe to say that the number 90 is not one of the strongest in LA Chargers’ history and I would even argue that it is the worst up to this point. However, at the end of the day, Marco Coleman can still say he is the best number 90 in team history.