As the Kansas City Chiefs head into a Week 5 showdown with the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, the team will look to even the playing field by having their defensive backs focus on creating turnovers, according to comments made by Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas after Friday's practice.
The Chiefs are coming off a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4, in which they held Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to 209 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception.
When asked about what his defensive backs need to do to create more turnovers, Thomas replied:
"We emphasized it in camp, we emphasize it in our drills day-to-day; we've just got to get the guys to run to the football, get a little bit more physical, put some hats on the ball and rake it out."
This wasn't something that came easy against the Chargers, as the Chiefs (1-3) were unable to force any fumbles last Sunday, and the team as a whole has only forced one fumble during the 2012 season.
Thomas was asked how the Chiefs' secondary might be able to improve on that, and said:
"We want it to happen automatically and not think about it. It should be automatic. Each day, we practice it and we emphasize it so now it becomes automatic, and maybe we can get more physical and get the ball out. We've got to cover a little bit better in the secondary. That goes with a good pass rush and everything else. It all goes hand-in-hand."
The Ravens (3-1) are currently have the 4th-ranked passing offense in the NFL, with an average of 310.3 yards per game and have not fumbled once this season, so it's likely that the Chiefs will have their hands full with the Joe Flacco-led passing attack and a seemingly sure-handed corps of Ravens receivers and backs on Sunday.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT at Arrowhead Stadium, and the game will be televised on CBS.