The AFC West may be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL, but what does each team need?
Last season, the AFC West proved to be one of the more competitive divisions in the entire NFL. Of course, the AFC West sent two teams to the NFL playoffs, but they also had three teams with a winning record.
Of course, the most successful team in the AFC West from the past couple of seasons has been the Kansas City Chiefs. In the past four seasons, the Chiefs have made the AFC Conference Championship game every season and have made the Super Bowl twice.
There is no reason why the Chiefs shouldn’t continue to dominate for the foreseeable future. While the Chiefs should continue to be a very good team, the more interesting thing in this division is the other teams.
The other AFC West team who joined the Chiefs in the playoffs was the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders have had one of the craziest seasons in recent memory. You had the Henery Ruggs DUI incident, you had Jon Gruden’s emails being leaked which led to him being fired and somehow the team landed in the playoffs with a 10-7 record.
Rich Bisaccia took over as the interim coach and helped lead the Raiders to the aforementioned 10-7 record, but somewhat surprisingly, the Raiders didn’t retain him. Bisaccia would land in Green Bay as a special teams coordinator, while new head coach Josh McDaniels has taken the reigns in Vegas.
While the Raiders and Chiefs have figured things out one way or another in terms of the present, the two other teams in the AFC West, the Broncos, and the Chargers are trying to work their way up the NFL ladder.
In the Chargers case, they have recently lost their long-time franchise QB, Phillip Rivers. While the Chargers lost Rivers, they have seemingly found their QB of the future in Justin Herbert. Since the Chargers drafted Herbert back in 2020, they haven’t made the playoffs. Of course, the Chargers not making the playoffs is no fault of Herbert’s as he’s only been in the NFL for two years as the Chargers are somewhat retooling around Herbert.
The Broncos are in a similar situation as the Chargers. Like the Chargers, the Broncos lost a quality QB in Peyton Manning. Unlike the Chargers though, the Broncos haven’t managed to land their next franchise QB as they have started the likes of Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Joe Flacco, and Drew Lock. While the Broncos QB situation has been less than ideal, the other pieces that have been added to the roster have typically been some quality additions.
While the Chargers have the QB situation figured out and are adding pieces around their QB, the Broncos are in the exact opposite situation as them as they have plenty of quality pieces, but are missing the final QB puzzle piece.
While the Chiefs will be contenders for the foreseeable future, the Raiders have some question marks around them, and the Chargers and the Broncos are trying to move up in the NFL landscape they all have one thing in common, they all need to add something to their franchises.