Ravens associate head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg has plenty of responsibility on John Harbaugh's coaching staff, but he traditionally has operated in the background. That changed Tuesday night, when Rosburg's name was injected into the "Deflategate" controversy that won't go away.
"My reaction was, I know what happened," Rosburg said Friday. "The facts are the facts. So it didn't bother me that that's out there, because I know what happened. I had nothing to do with footballs."
The NFL Players Association released hundreds of pages of documents and testimony on the league's investigation into the New England Patriots' handling of footballs before and during their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts, and one included an email conversation between Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan and general manager Ryan Grigson.
The email alleged that Rosburg, who has led the Ravens' special teams since 2008, warned Colts coach Chuck Pagano, a former assistant under Harbaugh, about the condition of the kicking balls that were used in the Ravens' divisional-round loss at New England the week before.
On Thursday, the Ravens released a statement from Rosburg, who acknowledged that he had spoken to Pagano in the days before the AFC championship game, but not about the condition of the balls.
Rosburg reiterated Friday that their conversation, which Pagano initiated, was about a trick substitution play the Patriots tried to use against the Ravens.
"Chuck wanted to know what happened," Rosburg said. "[He asked], 'Why did you have your field-goal block team out there against that punt unit?' And I explained to him what happened. That was the extent of the conversation. As I said before, there was no conversation; there was no discussion about footballs of any sort. We talked about our families. He asked about mine, I asked about his. He's a dear friend of mine."