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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 9

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. Let's see who earned playing time during the bye week.

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Welcome back to the snap report, a weekly feature where we look at the Chargers players involved in each offensive and defensive snap and track how players earn and lose playing time as the year continues. As always, these snap counts come from the NFL and the numbers are rounded to the nearest percent.

The Chargers had 64 offensive snaps against the Redskins, and at least three of them were VERY TERRIBLE. Here are the snap counts for the offense:

I know it's been beaten to death, but that's so much Danny Woodhead. Way too much, in my opinion, considering the positive performances that Mathews has put out this year. The 23% of snaps for Mathews is his low for the season (discounting the game he left injured), so we'll see if this is the start of a new trend or just a fluke. In other news, the Chargers only had to use five offensive linemen last week! Progress!

Here are the snap counts for the defense:

There was some high drama to go along with the typically poor performance in the secondary last week, with Derek Cox getting benched for a majority of the game. I don't know if I'm more concerned that a) he was surprised by the benching or b) that the coaches didn't tell him why he wasn't going in. Both make my head hurt. Richard Marshall was the beneficiary of the benching, getting his largest amount of snaps since Week 5. Hooray. Other than that, there was not too much of note for the defense. It was nice to see Jarret Johnson return from injury, as the Chargers stop the run much better with him in the lineup, though I hope Thomas Keiser can carve out a big role in the rotation. I'll be keeping a close eye on the defense this week, mainly because I expect it will be hilarious.