clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Let’s Argue: This will be the best Chiefs team ever

Our Mark Gunnels takes on all your hot takes, wacky predictions and unpopular opinions.

NFL: Super Bowl LVII-Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to this week’s edition of Let’s Argue!

Let’s Argue is a recurring series that looks at hot takes, unpopular opinions, wacky predictions and more from Kansas City Chiefs fans.

This will be the best Chiefs team yet.

This may seem like a cruel joke on the surface, but I don’t think we should easily dismiss it.

I understand the outrage when it comes to the offense. A considerable part of the fanbase’s frustration stems from past teams. We’re used to Patrick Mahomes and company scoring 30-plus week in and week out. We’ve been spoiled, to put it bluntly.

Now, this offense looks like a normal functioning NFL offense, and people don’t know how to process it. The funny thing is the Kansas City Chiefs offense ranks 11th in points per game (23.3), which is pretty darn good compared to the rest of the league.

Coupling that with a top-three defense, it’s not crazy to say this could be the best version of the Chiefs we’ve ever seen. Just because it looks different doesn’t take away from how good this team is.

The Chiefs need to find a left tackle this offseason.

Considering the Chiefs signed Donovan Smith to a one-year deal worth up to $9 million, it’s hard to be upset with the play of the veteran left tackle.

Has he been great? No, but all in all, he’s been fine.

The question here is, who will be protecting Mahomes’ blindside in 2024?

Smith will be 31 years old by the time next season starts. That isn’t a deal breaker based on age alone, but the writing may be on the wall when you have a young and talented guy waiting like Wanya Morris.

General manager Brett Veach selected Morris in the third round in last year’s draft. The Chiefs got to see a glimpse of Morris’ potential in Las Vegas against the Raiders. It was just five snaps, but he finished two of those plays by driving a defender into the ground.

You don’t just pick someone in the third round for them to sit forever. I think it’s safe to assume Morris has the inside track to be starting on the left side next season.

Skyy Moore is going to be a contributor to this team.

Speaking of high draft picks, wide receiver Skyy Moore was taken in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft. The narrative surrounding Moore isn’t as promising as Morris — and for good reason. Rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice already has more career receiving yards than Moore in 16 fewer games.

However, I agree with the post here. Moore will be fine.

While it’s easy to pile on the disappointing sophomore campaign, it’s also important to provide context. When people like myself were high on the prospect of Moore heading into the season, the thought process was that he would be operating mainly from the slot.

That simply hasn’t been the case.

Rice started blossoming reasonably early from the slot, which forced the coaching staff to stick with the hot hand. Having said that, Rice received his most snaps from the outside last week versus the Raiders.

In that contest, Moore totaled 34 yards on three catches. Those numbers won’t blow you away, but it’s easy to see the upside he has when in the proper position. A lot of being successful on the professional level is being put in the best place for your skill set.

This will be something to monitor moving forward.

Continue to start Drue Tranquill even when Nick Bolton is healthy.

The Nick Bolton discourse can get very nasty at times. Perception can be everything, and Bolton entered the league as your prototypical old-school run-stuffing linebacker that struggles in the pass game.

Drue Tranquill is the complete opposite.

The former Charger is one of the best coverage linebackers in the league, but he’s a little too light when going up against very physical running teams.

Going into the season, all the talk about this linebacker room was the depth. This is a great problem to have, and I promise this defense doesn’t get worse with Bolton in the mix. He’s made tremendous strides in the passing game.

Let’s just enjoy this top defense while they’re assembled.

It's Game Time.

It's time for a title defense in Chiefs Kingdom. Sign up for Arrowhead Pride Premier and we’ll deliver 3 newsletters leading up to the Super Bowl packed with exclusive coverage and analysis from Las Vegas you won’t find anywhere else. For a limited time, use the code SUPERBOWL30 to save 30% plus a free trial