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Which San Diego Chargers started should be benched for which rookie? The answer that John Gennaro gives might surprise you.

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Former San Diego State Aztec Marshall Faulk wants to know what bold decision the San Diego Chargers should make after 25% of the regular season is complete, in case you were unable to watch the above video.

The obvious answer is benching Johnnie Troutman or Chad Rinehart for rookie OG Chris Wass, and that has already begun. However, there's a slightly less obvious answer that has also begun, but without many people noticing.

Look back at the snap counts from San Diego's win over the Jaguars. They're actually quite similar to their win over the Bills and show why Tom Teleco and John Pagano were not concerned about the team's lack of a true nose tackle. Sean Lissemore, who is the team's starting NT, does not play much.

Against the Jaguars, Lissemore played on 35% of the defensive snaps. Against the Bills, it was 37%. Against the Seahawks, it was 8%!

Let us be clear, this is not a 3-4 defense. Depending on how you want to look at it, and whether Jason Verrett is healthy, the base defense of the Chargers is either a 4-2-5 or a 4-3. Sean Lissemore is not a centerpiece to the defense, he's a backup or situational player.

In that regard, Lissemore has been fine. Not special, not even good, but fine. However, in playing a backup role that doesn't have as many responsibilities, why not give Ryan Carrethers those snaps? If he's constantly going to be next to Corey Liuget and only responsible for the middle of the line, couldn't he be effective?

Carrethers saw his first real action against the Jags and was on the field for 14% of the defensive snaps. He looked pretty good, too! My hope is that, as the team gets healthier, Carrethers is not relegated to the inactive list. Instead, I'd like to see the Chargers give him Lissemore's role in this defense.

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