100 days of Seahawks: Chris Clemons was a beast with number 91

The Seahawks have only 91 days to go until they start their 2019 season. And Chris Clemons was the best number 91 in Seattle history.

There are just 91 days until the Seahawks kick off their 2019 season. In honor of that, I am counting down each day with the Seattle who best wore the jersey associated with the number. For jersey number 91, it isn’t close. Chris Clemons is the best Seahawk to ever wear the number.

Clemons was Cliff Avril before Avril was in Seattle. Think about what affect it had that Avril was injured early against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Now reverse that and think about how Clemons played against the Broncos the year before when Seattle won the championship. Clemons and Avril are basically the same player.

In Super Bowl XLVIII, Clemons had a sack, two forced fumbles and a tackle for loss. He helped form one of the best defenses in the history of the NFL. Without Clemons supplying pressure, the Legion of Boom would not have been able to do what they did best: Intimidate. Clemons embodied the LEO position in Seattle and other players have been left to fulfill his legacy.

Clemons played 11 seasons in the NFL. He played only four of those years with Seattle. By far, however, his best years were in Seattle’s defensive scheme. Clemons had 69 career sacks. 38 were with Seattle. He had 61 career tackles for loss. 33 were with Seattle. And of Clemons’ 123 career quarterback hits, 76 were in his four seasons in Seattle.

Pete Carroll knew best of any of the coaches Clemons played under how to use him. Clemons was great in Seattle. The team won a championship for the 2013 season and may not have had Clemons not been on the roster.

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Current Seahawk – Cassius Marsh

Marsh returns to Seattle after spending the last two seasons with other teams. Marsh hasn’t produced huge number in his career, but if he makes the team he will be expected to provide heat on opposing quarterbacks. Let’s hope the current number 91 produces in 2019 as well as Clemons did in his time with the Seahawks.