Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56), defensive end Kendall Reyes (91) and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) bring down Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) after a short gain during first half action at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY
Welcome back everyone. Last time we evaluated some key offensive match-ups on the Chargers roster. Today I will be covering our top match-ups on the defensive side of the ball. I will go through everything from the secondary, to the line and everything else in between. I will also include an upside advantage for the match-ups, just like I did last time. Alright let’s get into it, we will start with the defensive line.
Ryan Carrethers vs. Sean Lissemore
This will be the biggest matchup on the defensive line. Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes will both man their spots in 2014. Ryan Carrethers could give Sean Lissemore a run for his job here. Carrethers was our 5th round selection in this year’s draft and is a natural nose tackle. The dude put up 93 tackles at Arkansas State last year and 4 sacks to go with that. That is just crazy. 93 tackles? From a NOSE TACKLE! That is an insane amount of tackles especially for playing the nose tackle position. Ryan will most likely sub in and out with Lissemore this season and could potentially take the starting role by next year.
We picked up Sean Lissemore from the Dallas Cowboys last season in a trade for a 7th round selection in next year’s draft. What a steal! we were able to use him way more effectively than Dallas did, we cranked out 2 sacks out of him and a pick that was returned to the house. And he wasn’t even our starting nose tackle, Cam Thomas was our #1 guy for quite some time until the end of the season. Lissemore proved to us that he can be a solid option in the middle and could help compliment Liuget and Reyes if he played a little more. Can’t believe it took that long to bench Thomas.
Upside: I have Sean Lissemore gaining the upside in this match-up only because he has been with the team for a full year now and understands the playbook better than Carrethers. I do have Carrethers winning this job by the end of this year if he develops quickly enough. If not this year, then 2015 is Ryan’s year for sure.