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Chargers by the (Jersey) Numbers: #93

 

Reuben Davis, DT

Chris Demaree, DE

Eric Downing, DT

Tyrone Keys, DE

Otis Leverette, DE

Antoine Simpson, DT

George Thornton, DT

Earl Wilson, DE

 

It’s not surprising that the 90s bring a lot of defensive lineman to the forefront, but I suppose it’s a confluence of interesting timing that defensive linemen – and defensive ends in particular – are so much on the brain these days.  The 93 winner is a perfect example.  Is he one of the best ever?  Or has he just been a stop-gap band-aid all these years?



The Winner

Luis Castillo, DT

Castillo certainly had a lot of promise coming out of college in 05.  For a guy his size, he was quick, athletic, strong, high motor, smart.  He could play any number of positions along the defensive front.  And he was culpable.  He admitted to taking steroids before the draft, and vowed that it would never happen again or he would refund his bonus money.  All these qualities are arguably better than the actual numbers he’s put up playing for the Chargers: in 6 seasons (more accurately, 81 games), he’s only amassed 19 sacks and 152 tackles while fighting through a .  Eh.  Not quite the “force” we all were hoping for.

 

But make no mistake about it, Castillo is a great face for the franchise.  And his longevity among the other 93s is unparalleled.  And 4 out of his 6 seasons, the team has won the AFC West.  That’s a success rate that few others can boast of.  Let’s hope the Defensive Ends that come after him can say the same thing.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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