The Ravens locker room, basking in victory for just the second time this season, broke out in a chant.
The cheering was directed at special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, whose unit received the game ball from coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Chargers last week.
It was also a fitting tribute in that the Ravens special teams group has been by far the most consistently successful unit through the midpoint of a disappointing 2015 season.
In the win over the Chargers, every special teams unit played a key role in the win. Kicker Justin Tucker went 5-for-5 on field goals. Punter Sam Koch boomed a 62-yarder to the Chargers 3-yard line in the fourth quarter that flipped field position and proved to be one of the key plays of the game. The kick return and kick coverage teams both excelled; Raheem Mostert returned a kick 33 yards, and the Ravens stuffed Jacoby Jones for a 2-yard loss on his only punt return. Asa Jackson blocked a Chargers extra-point kick.
“The special teams players got the game ball. It was really an honor to be a part of that. I’m very proud of them," Rosburg said last week. "They made a difference in that game, and they’ve played well in other games."
Rosburg has the luxury of having a Pro Bowl kicker in Tucker and a punter in Koch who should be headed to his first Pro Bowl this year as well. Koch leads the league in punting (49.4) and net punting (45.6). (Rosburg had made an impassioned defense of Koch last year when he was passed over for the Pro Bowl.)
But Rosburg also has the tricky task of mixing and matching personnel each week, depending on which players make up the 46-man game-day roster; those final few players on the right side of the roster bubble are often the ones that end up on Rosburg's special teams units on any given Sunday.
Special teams play is often noticed when things go badly -- a botched snap, a fumbled return, a long return the other way. But far more often than not this year, things have gone well for Rosburg and the Ravens.
"Our players are the ones making that happen," Rosburg said. "They’re playing hard. They’re practicing hard, and it’s good to see them get that (game ball) award.”