The Kansas City Chiefs 2023-24 season might be a Superbowl hangover. That’s what they all say. In 2022, the Chiefs led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, went fourteen and three and raised the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. Mahomes threw for a career-high 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns (2nd most in career), 67.1% completion percentage (Career High), 12 interceptions (T-2nd most in Career), and a quarterback rating (QBR) of 77.6 (3rd most in career). The leading rusher was Isiah Pacheco with 830 yards with Clyde-Edwards-Helaire having a season with injuries. With moving on without Tyreek Hill in 2022, tight end Travis Kelce led the team with receiving with 1,138 yards and 12 touchdowns. This was Kelce’s second-best season statistically, with having a career-high in touchdowns and second-highest career high in yards. Can the Kansas City Chiefs 2023-24 season have the same success as 2022-23?
LB Drue Tranquill
Ranked ninth on Matt Bowen’s best free agents, Tranquill will get an opportunity to start at linebacker for the Chiefs after coming off a season-high in tackles at 95. Tranquill was a vocal point for the rival Los Angeles Chargers last season and will try to replicate that in Kansas City.
Safety Mike Edwards
With Juan Thornhill going to Cleveland, Kansas City went out and signed Mike Edwards previously from Tampa Bay. He is a veteran presence who can play nickel safety for the Chiefs. Low risk, high reward to develop the young guys in the secondary like Bryan Cook.
OT Jawaan Taylor
The Chiefs went out and signed their new starting left tackle Jawaan Taylor from Jacksonville to a four-year 80 million dollar contract. The chiefs opted not to tag Orlando Brown, so Taylor is the replacement. They also need a right tackle after losing Andrew Wylie and backup Lucas Niang. Taylor only played 17 games with the Jaguars over four seasons so it is a big risk for a big reward.
DL Charles Omenihu
The former 49er signed with the Chiefs this offseason and fills a much-needed hole at the defensive lineman position, as the Chiefs cut Frank Clark and Carlos Dunlap is an unrestricted free agent. Charles has only started 10 games in four seasons so the Chiefs are taking a gamble that a bigger role will lead to production.
DE Frank Clark
Clark’s leadership is through the roof, staying after practice to teach rookie defensive lineman George Karlaftis some tricks and tips of a defensive lineman. The Chiefs have no veteran leader that has been with the team for a long tenure, so Clark will definitely be missed on the field and as a leader.
Left Tackle Orlando Brown
The Chiefs let Orlando Brown sign with an AFC competitor in the Cincinnati Bengals without much thought. Brown’s limitations as a pass rusher could of swayed the Chiefs to move onto Jawaan Taylor, but Brown will be missed in the run game, he was one dominant guy on the line.
WR Mecole Hardman
A failed project in Mecole Hardman left the Chiefs no choice other than to let him walk. They drafted his replacement in Rashee Rice so it was pretty evident they were moving on. He will be missed with his elite speed in using him on screens and jet sweeps.
Projected Depth Chart
QB: Patrick Mahomes, Blaine Gabbert, Shane Buechele, Chris Oladokun.
RB: Isiah Pacheco, Jerick McKinnon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Deneric Prince, La’Mical Perine, Jerrion Ealy.
WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, Justin Watson, Rashee Rice, Richie James, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nikko Remigio, Justyn Ross, Kekoa Crawford, Ty Fryfogle, Cornell Powell, Ty Scott.
TE: Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, Blake Bell, Matt Bushman, Kendall Blanton, Izaiah Gathings.
LT: Donovan Smith, Prince Tega Wanogho, Wanya Morris.
LG: Joe Thuney, Mike Caliendo, Sebastian Gutierrez.
C: Creed Humphrey, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Anderson Hardy.
RG: Trey Smith, Darian Kinnard, Jerome Carvin.
RT: Jawaan Taylor, Lucas Niang, Jason Godrick.
DT: Derrick Nnadi, Chris Jones, Keondre Coburn, Tershawn Wharton, Danny Shelton, Daniel Wise, Phil Hoskins, Matt Dickerson, Chris Williams.
DE: George Karlaftis, Mike Danna, Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Malik Herring, Joshua Kaindoh, B.J. Thompson, Truman Jones.
LB: Willie Gay, Nick Bolton, Leo Chenal, Drue Tranquill, Jack Cochrane, Cole Christiansen, Cam Jones, Olakunle Fatukasi.
CB: Jaylen Watson, L’Jarius Sneed, Trent McDuffie, Nic Jones, Joshua Williams, Dicaprio Bootle, Ekow Boye-Doe, Lamar Jackson, Reese Taylor, Kahlef Hailassie, Duron Lowe.
FS: Bryan Cook, Chamarri Conner, Deon Bush.
SS: Justin Reid, Mike Edwards, Anthony Cook, Isaiah Norman.
PR: Richie James, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nikko Remigio.
KR: Deneric Prince, Richie James, Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
P: Tommy Townsend
K: Harrison Butker
The Kansas City Chiefs season should be replicated with another shot at repeating as AFC Conference Champions and maybe NFL Champions in 2023-24. Patrick Mahomes has some viable weapons to deal with, including Travis Kelce and Kadarius Toney. If Skyy Moore or Rashee Rice are anything close to what they drafted them to be, the Chiefs only get that scarier. The defense is banged up which could be problematic, as they had to replace quite a few stars on the defensive end of the ball including Frank Clark and Juan Thornhill. All in all, though, the Chiefs should win the AFC West and finish 12-5. I expect a super bowl hangover to take place early in the season.
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