It is well-known that the character of a Specht module for the symmetric group can be expressed uniquely as an integral linear combination of induced trivial characters from Young subgroups. We present a conjectural resolution of Specht modules in terms of permutation modules with Young subgroup stabilizers. The construction of the suggested chain complex is in purely combinatorial terms, involving compositions and generalized tableaux. Due to its combinatorial nature it can be defined over the integers (or any commutative ring).