When the Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in as many years on Super Bowl Sunday, the regular 2022 season of the National Football League was officially over. Planning for the offseason of 2023 has begun.
There were plenty of shocks in the 2022 NFL season, with seven of the league’s clubs have made the playoffs after not doing so the year before. The NFL’s parity is what makes the offseason so exciting. The following season will likely be quite similar, with clubs working hard to make the 2023 NFL Playoffs and gain ground on the underdogs who surprised in the postseason the previous year.
No one knows which clubs will acquire which highly-touted draft prospects in April, and no one knows which star players will be traded or signed as free agents. CBS Sports, however, have figured out which teams have the highest chance of making significant improvements in the next season.
3. Indianapolis Colts
With the fourth overall selection in hand, Chris Ballard will be in a great position to make a long-term commitment at quarterback. They are also returning to the familiar practice of swapping offensive coordinators with the Eagles, so regardless of which talent winds up on their radar – C.J. Stroud of Ohio State and Will Levis of Kentucky seem to be reasonable targets, provided Alabama’s Bryce Young is gone.
2. New York Jets
One area that is still up in the air is their offensive line. If the team adds a superstar quarterback like Aaron Rodgers or Lamar Jackson, then the new offensive coaching tandem of Nathaniel Hackett and Todd Downing would be interesting. This team could certainly win more games with a backup quarterback like Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo than with their current starter.
1. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams had such a bad year in 2022 that Les Snead would consider selling in order to recuperate some much-needed assets for the remainder of Sean McVay’s tenure as head coach. Even though the Cardinals, 49ers, and Seahawks all have distinct but huge question marks at QB, it’s hard to assume they won’t be back in the mix with the McVay-Matthew Stafford combination returning and the O-line likely in improved health along with No. 1 wideout Cooper Kupp.