Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview 2023: Roster, Schedule, Expectations & More 

Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview 2023: Roster, Schedule, Expectations & More 
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Here is your Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview with everything you need to know ahead of the 2023 season

Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview

Kansas City are the kings of the AFC West, they have won it eight times since 2010 and every year since 2016. Nobody has won back-to-back Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. The Chiefs have won two of the last four though, so you wouldn’t rule out their chances.

Reid All About It 

They will have a new, but familiar offensive coordinator in the shape of Matt Nagy. Nagy was “Senior assistant and quarterbacks coach” in KC last season, so it’s not a huge change. Following a somewhat turbulent 2022 previous offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy joined the Commanders as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Their 2022 running backs coach Greg Lewis also headed for fresh pastures, joining Baltimore as their wide receivers’ coach. Lewis’ time in Kansas City wasn’t without incident either. Lewis is replaced by former Eagles wide receiver Todd Pinkston; Pinkston spent the last five seasons coaching the wide receivers at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. APSU play FCS football in the ASUN Conference.   

Kansas City added nine free agents on the offseason, including Lamar Jackson, no, not THAT Lamar Jackson. 11 players left in free agency, but they picked up seven newbies in the draft and signed a further 17 rookies who went undrafted. 

2023 Schedule 

  • September 8th 1:20 am (BST) vs. Detroit Lions 
  • September 17th 6:00 pm @ Jacksonville Jaguars 
  • September 24th 9:25 pm vs. Chicago Bears 
  • October 2nd 1:20 am @ New York Jets 
  • October 8th 9:25 pm @ Minnesota Vikings 
  • October 13th 1:15 am vs. Denver Broncos 
  • October 22nd 9:25 pm vs. Los Angeles Chargers 
  • October 29th 8:25 pm @ Denver Broncos 
  • November 5th 1:00 pm vs. Miami Dolphins in Deutsche Bank Park Frankfurt 
  • November 12th Bye Week 
  • November 21st Philadelphia Eagles 
  • November 26th 9:25 pm at Las Vegas Raiders 
  • December 4th 1:20 am at Green Bay Packers 
  • December 10th 9:25 pm vs. Buffalo Bills 
  • December 19th 1:15 @ New England Patriots 
  • December 25th 6:00 pm vs. Las Vegas Raiders 
  • December 31st 9:25 pm vs Cincinnati Bengals 
  • January 6th/7th TBC @ Los Angeles Chargers 

Coaching Staff 

General Manager: Brett Veach 

Head Coach: Andy Reid 

Offensive Coordinator: Matt Nagy 

Defensive Coordinator: Steve Spagnuolo 

Special Teams Coordinator: Dave Toub 

Players In 

Via Trade 


Free Agents 

DE – Matt Dickerson 

CB – Lamar Jackson 

RT – Jawaan Taylor 

LB – Drue Tranquil 

WR – Richie James 

DE – Charles Omenihu 

LT – Donovan Smith 

S – Mike Edwards 

QB – Blaine Gabbert 

Draft Picks 

  • Round 1. Pick 31 – DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah 
  • Round 2. Pick 55 – WR Rashee Rice 
  • Round 3. Pick 92 – T Wanya Morris 
  • Round 4. Pick 119 – S Chamarri Conner 
  • Round 5. Pick 166 – LB B.J Thompson 
  • Round 6. Pick 194 – DT Keondre Coburn 
  • Round 7. Pick 250 – CB Nic Jones 

Players Out 

LT – Orlando Brown Jr. 

WR – Juju Smith-Schuster 

T – Andrew Wylie 

S – Juan Thornhill 

DT – Khalen Saunders 

DE – Frank Clark 

WR – Mecole Hardman  

FB – Michael Burton 

RB – Ronald Jones 

WR – Bryan Edwards 

DT – Byron Cowart 

DE – Carlos Dunlap  

DT – Chris Williams 

S – Martez Manuel 

CB – Montae Braswell 

T – Blake Haynes 

Projected starters 


QB: Patrick Mahomes 

RB: Isiah Pacheco 

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling & Kadarius Toney & Skyy Moore 

TE: Travis Kelce 

LT: Donovan Smith 

LG: Joe Thuney 

C: Creed Humphrey 

RG: Trey Smith 

RT: Juwaan Taylor 


DE: George Karlaftis & Charles Omenihu 

DT: Derrick Nnadi & Chris Jones 

LB: Willie Gay & Nick Bolton  

CB: Jaylen Watson & L’Jarius Sneed & Trent McDuffie 

S: Bryan Cook & Justin Reid 

The new offensive line combinations might take a few games to gel. And there are a few injury concerns on the offence but the defense is a talented, young group so they should be able to take some of the pressure off Mahomes and co. 

2023 Star Player 

Patrick Mahomes – It could be Travis Kelce, but with so many new receiving options, a new offensive line and an inconsistent run game the Chiefs fate rests square on the Super Bowl MVP’s shoulders. 

2023 Breakout player 

Jody Fortson – If he can stay healthy the 6”4’ tight end will be Mahomes favourite redzone target. He caught nine of his 13 targets in 2022, two of those were touchdowns. His durability has been an issue in his first two seasons in the league but with no Smith-Schuster or Hardman familiar pass catchers will be vital, particularly at the start of the season. 

Chiefs Season Preview Expectations 

The schedule doesn’t really seem to work for them and there are some significant injury concerns on the offensive side of the ball. Having said that Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid can overcome most things. Since he’s been head coach in Kansas City Reid has won 117 of his 162 games. 

Historically the AFC West has flattered to deceive, which is one of the reasons Sean Payton agreed to coach the Broncos. The burgeoning relationship between Payton and Russell Wilson seems far from harmonious though, so the AFC West appears to be at the mercy of the Chiefs again. Brandon Staley’s coaching seemed to regress in 2022 as he all the chatter about his aggressive play calling saw him dial it down. Meanwhile in Las Vegas nobody really knows how injured Jimmy Garoppolo is. Something really dramatic will have to happen to end the Chiefs 7 year reign.

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