The football season has finally come to an end. Yesterday’s Super Bowl was the pinnacle of the season, seeing the Rams get the trophy over the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 23-20.
So what’s next?
Well, the day after the Super Bowl is always depressing as we all think we have to wait 6 months to watch another regular-season game. However, it’s never too early to look to next year. And good news, we already have the odds for next season’s Super Bowl, and neither of this year’s Super Bowl participants is the betting favorite.
Instead, it’s the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs with the best odds to win the Super Bowl in Glendale next February.
There are obviously so many things on the team’s to-do lists for the coming months between the draft 2022, the free agency, and the possible trades.
Now, all the teams are 0-0, so it is time to start with a clean slate.
Since the loss against the Bengals two weeks ago, the Chiefs are already deep with studying the current situation on the market, rumors about the coaching staff, etc.… Indeed, every team will be taking a look at their salary cap and studying how to best manage it for next season. The free agents are already being discussed, and the Chiefs enter the offseason with 24 unrestricted free agents, one restricted free agent, and three exclusive-rights free agents.
That is quite a lot of people to handle! Especially after a big loss at the championship like they had this year. Will it be the year of the continuity or of the transformation?
Moreover, Patrick Mahomes will already be entering his sixth season in the NFL, and in a sense, this year will be pivotal in his career. Brett Veach will work for sure towards creating a support system for the coming years around him. Adding more players or solidifying the rotation of key players will be very important in Mahomes’ development.
Longtime Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy did not get a head coaching job this cycle, however, there’s a lot of uncertainty whether Bieniemy will be back in Kansas City for another season, he is set to meet with Andy Reid to talk about his expiring contract.
The loss against the Bengals is pretty fresh but on paper, the 2022/2023 season is looking bright for Kansas City. Mahomes is still an amazing quarterback, they have plenty of offensive threats, and Hill and Kelce have been among the most dominant offensive weapons in the NFL. We are hoping he’ll get extra weapons in September, and hope the defense can play up to who they played after they made the adjustments they needed to midseason last year.
Over the past four seasons, Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards (18,707) and passing touchdowns (151), all while guiding the Chiefs to 49 wins as the starter and also hosting four straight AFC Championship Games. That’s a great track record and let’s hope it continues as he heads into the next season.
But now, we turn our eyes to the future. The new league year starts in March with the NFL Scouting Combine and Free Agency, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s next for the Chiefs and the NFL.