The Kansas City Chiefs will enter the 2022 season without two of their best players on either side of the ball -- but that doesn't mean they're in rebuild mode.
Despite trading superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill and opting not to re-sign All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, general manager Brett Veach insists 2022 is not a rebuilding year.
Part of the reason for Veach's confidence is his confidence in head coach Andy Reid.
"On one end, it's very hard to replicate a talent like Tyreek Hill. But I also think there's a mindset or idea forgetting how good a coach Andy Reid is," Veach said, per ESPN. "He's won with all types of quarterback and all different types of offensive schemes."
The Chiefs are waiting for the right time to flip their new assets. In the mean time, they'll be rolling out one of the best quarterbacks in the game.
"When you have Pat Mahomes, we'll be wired to go after it every year,'' Veach said. "Even though you may make moves and you may trade really good players, it doesn't mean [there won't] be another counterpunch and that we [won 't] try to be aggressive in another way. You just have to be smart and flexible in what you do. What's needed to do that is draft resources and cap space.
"Just because you trade away a great player doesn't mean we're in a rebuilding mode by any means. It just means we're going to find a new set of resources and we're going to try to be aggressive.''
The offseason signing of wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and safety Justin Reid are steps in the right direction toward filling the team's needs, but they have a long way to go before they're back to the elite level those position groups once held.
The Chiefs have made it to at least the Conference Championship in each of the last four seasons. Can they weather the storm and accomplish that feat again in 2022?