Looking to fill their head-coaching vacancy, the Chicago Bears had interest in Ravens’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. However, the talks between the two sides never went beyond the preliminary stages, according to team sources.
Rosburg, 57, never had a formal, in-depth interview and didn’t aggressively pursue the opening as he was busy helping the Ravens prepare for their playoff run.
The Chicago Tribune first reported today that the Bears spoke to Rosburg before hiring Marc Trestman, the former coach of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. The paper reported that the Bears, who fired Lovie Smith, interviewed 14 candidates, including five special teams coordinators.
Rosburg, who has also been the special teams coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons and was a longtime college coach, joined the Ravens coaching staff in 2008 with head coach John Harbaugh.
The Ravens’ special teams units have been among the NFL’s best this season. Jacoby Jones had three return touchdowns, led the NFL in kickoff return average and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. Kicker Justin Tucker, who beat out veteran Billy Cundiff in the preseason, connected on 30 of 33 field-goal attempts, the second-best percentage by a rookie kicker in NFL history. Punter Sam Koch set Ravens’ single-season records with a 41.7 gross average and a 40.8 net average.
The coverage units had also been solid, but they allowed two return touchdowns to the Denver Broncos’ Trindon Holliday in a 38-35 double-overtime victory last week.