Although the Chicago Bears wanted to talk to him about their head-coaching vacancy that they ultimately filled by hiring Marc Trestman, Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg didn't want to take away from his focus on the playoffs.
So, Rosburg declined to participate in the interview process when general manager Ozzie Newsome discussed the opportunity with him prior to an AFC wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. The flirtation never went past the preliminary stage.
"It was early in the playoffs, and he mentioned that somebody was interested in talking to me," said Rosburg, who's also the Ravens' assistant head coach. "The most important thing that I had in front of me was getting our team to the Super Bowl. And through Ozzie and through the conversations we had, the timing of anything other than the Ravens wasn't good for me.
"It wasn't good for this team. So, we just focused on what we had to do. We won the first playoff game, and then we won the second playoff game, and then we won the AFC championship game, and here we are. And that's really the most important thing."
A former All-American linebacker at North Dakota State who previously coached the Cleveland Browns' special teams, Rosburg has been on the Ravens' coaching staff since 2008.
Rosburg said he has no regrets about passing up the chance to talk with Bears general manager Phil Emery.
“No, it wasn’t honestly,” Rosburg said when asked if it was tough for him to turn down the chance to interview. "This team is the most important thing to me right now and there is nothing that is going to get in the way of that right now, professionally speaking.”