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Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a reminder that the Kansas City Chiefs are the Super Bowl LVII champions. The Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles to win their third Super Bowl in franchise history and their second under the Andy Reid-Patrick Mahomes regime.
Last week was all about the aftermath of KC’s title win. Let’s take a look at the most recent and relevant news about the Chiefs after Super Bowl 57.
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- Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has left Kansas City, but not for a head coaching job. Bieniemy has accepted a new position with the Washington Commanders, where he will serve as OC and assistant head coach. It’s not ideal for a two-Super Bowl winning coordinator to make a lateral move, but it appears to be the only way he will ultimately earn a future head coaching job.
- On that note, the Chiefs are expected to promote senior assistant and quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy to OC, although the Chiefs will need to meet the NFL’s Rooney Rule and interview an outside minority coaching candidate for the OC gig. Who might get an interview? Former Texans coach David Culley could be an option, or perhaps Titans passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Charles London. Hopefully whoever ends up getting the interview will actually receive serious consideration for the job – while Nagy deserves given his previous experience, there are plenty of other good candidates who could add a fresh perspective to the bosses’ already elite offense.
- The Chiefs are expected to make a “strong attempt” to keep tackles Orlando Brown Jr. and Andrew Wylie, according to coach Andy Reid. Those two allowed zero sacks in Super Bowl LVII, but keeping Brown would likely mean hitting him with a ~$20 million franchise tag. Unfortunately, that’s the price of keeping a Pro Bowl left tackle. The Chiefs could draft someone to replace Brown, but it’s not exactly easy to fill in a left tackle, especially when you’ve got an MVP QB to protect. It goes without saying that KC’s tackle situation is his biggest puzzle to solve this offseason.
- In addition to Brown and Wylie, here’s an updated look at the Chiefs’ pending 2023 free agents. Notable names include receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman, safety Juan Thornhill and running back Jerick McKinnon, among others. Who should keep the team for 2023?
- Speaking of 2023, the Chiefs have signed 12 players from the practice squad to reserve/future contracts. Some of these kids have seen some game action in 2022 and are looking forward to fighting for a roster spot during training camp this summer.
- There’s one Chiefs free agent who won’t be returning: backup quarterback Chad Henne, who retired from the NFL shortly after the Super Bowl. That means Shane Buechele could be the backup QB for 2023, though I’d bet the Chiefs introduce some sort of competition (through free agency or the draft) to keep Buechele on his toes.
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