With the 2022-2023 season now at a close, the Kansas City Chiefs stand alone as Super Bowl Champions after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57. With Patrick Mahomes on top of the league again, how do the LA Chargers and the rest of the league fall into place behind him?
All 32 teams face their own set of unique offseason questions as well as they look to spoil the Chiefs' title defense in the 2023 season.
NFL Power Rankings - The serious overhaul tier:
32. Houston Texans
For what it's worth, I love the hiring of DeMeco Ryans in Houston. They also have the draft and financial capital to make some serious moves to improve this offseason. Nailing the 2023 NFL Draft in particular where they're armed with the #10 and #12 picks will be critical. But they don't have a quarterback and are positioned with possibly the worst depth chart in the league as we sit here today.
31. Chicago Bears
Outside of quarterback Justin Fields, this roster is getting nuked. The Bears have an opportunity to stack their roster with elite playmakers in the draft and free agents should they play their cards right. That #1 pick can get them a serious package if they trade down with the potential to streamline their rebuild.
30. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals probably won't be doing as big of a rebuild as say the Bears or Texans before them on this list, but there are still a lot of question marks. Is Kyler Murray potentially sitting out a decent portion of the 2023 season? How will new head coach Jonathan Gannon and general manager Monti Ossenfort infuse more talent into a lacking defense? What do they do with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins?
29. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have a better roster than the teams that came before them on this list, but their offseason will solely depend on who they get as their signal caller after they hired Eagles' offensive coordinator Shane Steichen as head coach. That offense also needs more high-end talent than Jonathan Taylor alone.
28. New Orleans Saints
The Saints fall in the serious overhaul tier for this list while probably having the fewest resources to be able to execute on said overhaul. They're about $60 million over the cap with no quarterback and an aging roster. They did get a late first in the Sean Payton deal with the Broncos but lost a top-10 draft selection to Howie Roseman after a trade up in the draft with Philadelphia last year. You're probably looking at a stop-gap quarterback choice this offseason (hey there, Derek Carr).
27. Denver Broncos
I give a slight edge to the Broncos over the Saints with a better offensive roster around Russell Wilson plus the Sean Payton hire. The problem? Wilson had awful regression in 2022 and Denver is most likely stuck with him for at least the next two years. If Payton can't fix him and they don't hit on their draft picks this year, this could get ugly fast. They also now have zero first-round picks again this year.
26. Tennessee Titans
This might be considered a really harsh spot for a Titans' team that finished one game out from a playoff spot, but Tennessee is in a really rough situation going forward. Malik Willis isn't ready to take over for Ryan Tannehill yet as the 2022 season showed and the return they'd get for Tannehill in a trade would probably be middling. They have the worst offensive line in the league with Derrick Henry going on 30 and essentially zero other relevant offensive play makers. They are going to hit the wall.
25. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons find themselves in a decent position with probably needing the least serious overhaul out of this tier. But that defense still is an eyesore and I'm not yet convinced Desmond Ridder is the guy from the limited action in 2022. But if he pans out and they go defense heavy in the draft, they could move up in a turbulent NFC South following Tom Brady's retirement.