The Kansas City Chiefs are the king of the mountaintop that every NFL team is striving to dethrone. It is unfortunate that they are in the same division as the LA Chargers, as the Bolts are going to have to deal with Patrick Mahomes for the next decade-plus.
It looked like the 2022 season could present a changing of the guard. The Chargers made a slew of aggressive moves in the offseason while the Chiefs seemed to get worse on paper, losing Tyreek Hill. None of that mattered as the Chiefs were still able to go on and win their second Super Bowl in four years.
Even more change is coming to Kansas City this offseason as the team decided not to franchise tag Orlando Brown and is reportedly planning on cutting pass-rusher Frank Clark. These changes might be enough to spark optimism in Chargers fans but we really should not get ahead of ourselves.
Chargers fans can't get too excited about Chiefs' offseason losses
Kansas City has proven that the team has the ability to replace big-name losses and still perform at a high level. The team lost Hill last season and ended up replacing him with a conteingent of cheap receivers that were good enough for Patrick Mahomes to win his second MVP award.
This is the team that completely reinvented its offensive line after the Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Mahomes was getting pressure at an incredible rate. Kansas City has proven to have one of the best front offices in the sport.
When they lost talent last offseason they went ahead of put together one of the best draft classes in the entire sport. That is not guaranteed this offseason but the Chiefs simply losing two big names is not enough for Chargers fans to be fully confident.
It might seem a bit pessimistic but it is probably time for Chargers fans to stop penciling the Bolts in as preseason favorites, regardless of what happens in the offseason. It is one thing to be excited, it is another thing to raise expectations to an unrealistic level and that has been the case the last two years.
Until they are officially knocked off the mountaintop, the Chiefs have to be considered the favorites, regardless of what players they might lose in the offseason.