|Is it Tandon Doss time? The Ravens WR is coming on strong. (US Presswire)|
NFL coaches don't like to judge teams by their records.
In the past when asked a similar question, Ravens coach John Harbaugh would usually offer a short response, dismissing the notion that a team's record is indicative of its level of play. Not on Monday, when Harbaugh gave the long-form answer about Kansas City's 1-3 record.
“How many times does a coach have to answer that question? They named the movie ‘Any Given Sunday' for a reason,” Harbaugh said. “Every team in this league is really, really good. People can categorize and rank. Those rankings -- they're fun to look at and rank out -- they don't mean one thing to us. They don't mean a thing. They don't mean (anything).
“The rankings will be determined at the end of the season. First, there will be 12 teams in the playoffs who will have an opportunity. Where were the Giants ranked last year? Who cares. All I know is we have a really good football team with great players, because we talk about these players. Great players are capable of making plays. (Kansas City's) issue (on Sunday) -- they outgained San Diego -- they're issue last week was simple: turnovers.
Harbaugh makes a good point when it comes to Kansas City's turnovers. The Chiefs rank dead last in the NFL in turnover margin and it's not close. The Chiefs are minus-13 for the season. The next two teams close to Kansas City are Tennessee and Carolina, which are both minus-6 in turnover margin through four games.
Otherwise, the Chiefs have outgained their opponents in total yards (1,678 to 1,336) and have run significantly more plays (298 to 229). They've also won the time of possession battle thus far, keeping the ball an average of 32:48 per game.
“They had a bunch of turnovers and if they clean that up, they're capable of beating anybody,” Harbaugh said. “They were down big to the Saints and just came roaring back in (the Mercedes-Benz Superdome). They're a heck of a football team, they were predicted preseason to be a playoff team. They're still the same team.”
Tandon's time? Second-year receiver Tandon Doss received 18 snaps against Cleveland this past Thursday as his playing time has gradually increased. Against the Browns, he caught his second career reception, which was a 39-yard pass down the left sideline on the first play of the second quarter.
With the increased reps, Doss could be working his way into seeing more playing time. Though he's primarily Anquan Boldin's backup as a slot receiver, Doss can play outside and be effective.
“He is really going to be a good player,” Harbaugh said. “It was good to see him break out a little bit. He is going to be a threat and a factor for the rest of the season. People are going to have to keep a close eye on him. He has great ball skills and he wants to do well.”
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