Coffee with the Chiefs – Dontari Poe on the mend


Good morning, Addicts! The Kansas City Chiefs are rolling toward their Week 1 contest against the Houston Texans, and they got some epic news on Wednesday when nose tackle Dontari Poe was able to fully practice. With Poe having a seemingly good chance to play, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has to be beaming with excitement at the possibility of the rotations up front.

Anyway, here is the news you need to know:

Injury report brings good news to Kansas CityAdam Teicher of ESPN

"But coach Andy Reid recently suggested Poe could be ready to play in Sunday’s game. The Chiefs declined a chance to put him on an injured list over the weekend, a move that would have prevented him from playing early in the season or possibly at all. The Chiefs kept only five other defensive linemen, one being developmental prospect Rakeem Nunez-Roches."

Optimism running especially high around the ChiefsAdam Teicher of ESPN

"It’s been some time since the Chiefs, normal season-opening optimism aside, could realistically feel that way. They haven’t had the right to believe they could win the AFC West, as they do now, at least since Peyton Manning arrived in the division as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos in 2012."

Eric Fisher remains an important figure in 2015 and beyondAdam Teicher of ESPN

"So it appears Fisher has taken the proper first step in what can be looked at in no other way than as a demotion. In announcing that Fisher would play on the right, Reid said it was all about new left tackle Donald Stephenson because he is more comfortable on that side of the line."

Predicting the Kansas City ChiefsErik Lambert of NFL Mocks

"Really?  With Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, and Travis Kelce on the same field?  That’s right.  Mark this down as the best year Alex Smith is going to have as a professional quarterback.  It’s typically around that age (31) where talent, experience and intelligence all meet for a pro player.  Smith has everything going for him in addition to talent around him."