Top 5 Headlines 9/10: Chiefs optimism goes beyond the norm for 2015

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1. Chiefs' optimism goes beyond the season-opening norm

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"It's the time of year when optimism around the NFL runs rampant. If a team doesn't think it's going to win this year's Super Bowl now, with the regular season beginning this week, it never will.

So it wasn't surprising to hear wide receiver Jeremy Maclin talk in superlatives about what could lie ahead for the Kansas City Chiefs. "I believe we've got something special here," said Maclin, who on Sunday in Houston against the Texans will play in his first season opener with the Chiefs.

"I believe if we go out and continue to get better each and every day, I feel like we'll be in good shape.""    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs' Eric Fisher accepts move to right tackle, says he's over pressure of being No. 1 pick

By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star

"Sporting a new full beard and a confident demeanor, Eric Fisher stood in front of reporters Wednesday and spoke about his recent position switch and the pressure of living up to his status as a former No. 1 overall draft pick.

"I'm past that," said Fisher, who was moved this week from left to right tackle by Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "I definitely went through my growing pains, putting myself in unnecessary situations by putting pressure on myself. I'm over that, I'm confident in what I'm doing now.

"They need me on the right, I'll go to the right. Need me on the left, I'll go to the left. I'll do whatever it takes to help our team win.""    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs could get plenty from offensive rookies

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"The Kansas City Chiefs have nine rookies on their regular season roster, four on offense and five on defense. Here, I'll look at what the reasonable expectations might be for the offensive rookies. I'll look at the defensive rookies in a later post.

C Mitch Morse, second round, Missouri: Morse will start at center and needs to be sharp immediately. Sunday's opponent is Houston, which features one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Morse covered a lot of ground from the start of training camp until the end, but he's a rookie so inevitably he'll be seeing some things he's never faced before. It's vital to the Chiefs that he adjusts quickly. It's a good sign that once the Chiefs moved Morse into the starting lineup at camp, they never wavered.

WR Chris Conley, third round, Georgia: Other than Jeremy Maclin, Conley has more ability than any of the Chiefs' other wide receivers. He's a bright player who was a quick study with regard to his assignments in the offensive system, so Conley should be able to contribute immediately. Unless Albert Wilson, the other starting receiver in addition to Maclin, plays better than he did during training camp, it's a disappointment if Conley doesn't take at least some of his playing time. It's also a disappointment if he isn't productive while getting those snaps."    READ MORE…

4. Best part of 'Hard Knocks' for Houston Texans? It's over

By Blair Kerkhoff - Kansas City Star

"The best part about participating in HBO's "Hard Knocks" series, said Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien, is now referring to it in the past tense.

"I'm glad it's over," O'Brien said.

The reality documentary series produced by NFL Films and HBO follows an NFL team through training camp. This year it recorded the Texans, who meet the Chiefs in their opening game Sunday at Houston.

The director and crew were easy to work with, O'Brien said, and the idea of the show — taking viewers behind the scenes of a training camp and into the lives of some of the players — has proved popular. This year marked the 10th season since 2001, and the cameras caught the Chiefs in 2007."    READ MORE…

5. Season openers unpredictable for Chiefs under Andy Reid

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"Things might be more predictable than they have been in the past two years, as each team brings the coaching staff they had last season. That hasn't been the case in either of the last two seasons.

In Jacksonville in 2013, both teams were in their first season with their coaches, the Chiefs with Reid and the Jaguars with Gus Bradley. Last year, Tennessee had a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt.

"They're very different, especially if you're playing a team that has a coaching change," quarterback Alex Smith said. "There is maybe an advantage there for them that you don't know what new stuff they have. You're looking at different teams' tape and things like that and that's hard and difficult to do.""    READ MORE…

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