Special teams look to recover in New England

Special teams look to recover in New England
January 19, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The Ravens didn't give up a yard on special teams returns two weeks ago, which seemed to put a cap on a very good year for that group. They've been one of the team's best units all season.

Last week was a different story as Denver returned a punt and a kick for a touchdown in the same game. The Ravens escaped with a 38-35 victory that put them into Sunday's AFC title game versus the Patriots, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said he's not going to make huge changes.

"We've had a good season in coverage, and we've had a good season in returns," Rosburg said when speaking to the media earlier this week. "So, I have a lot of confidence in our guys. When you have a game such as last week, it certainly grabs your attention, and you want to react and you want to do something to try to make things right. But at the same time, you can’t overreact, because we’ve had consistent coverage all season."

The Ravens simply need to bounce back and do what they've been doing throughout this year -- keeping opposing return teams under control. 

The Ravens have done a good job all season with that, until Denver broke through last week. The Ravens' solid kick coverage has been a big help to the defense, especially when it had so many problems due to the number of injuries that hit during the year. The Ravens often kept opponents deep in their own territory.

But Rosburg made it clear he expects his guys to be ready to roll on Sunday. 

"I fully expect our guys to be really focused on the task at hand," he said. "I think we’ll play really well and really smart. So as far as what we’re going to change and not change, that really remains to be seen. But I think the one thing that I think really will change is that our performance will change.”