As Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg sees is, what's the point in playing the Pro Bowl if you can't actually play football?
Rosburg was asked about one of the new rule changes to the NFL's annual all-star game, which is to eliminate kickoffs. Instead, after the opposition scores, the offense will open the next drive on its own 25-yard line.
Rosburg is not a fan.
"Why are we playing? Let’s just have a banquet," Rosburg quipped.
Hey, the special teams coordinator has a point. Why vote on an all-star game if one of the major components isn't voted on?
Then again, it's not like specialists wouldn't be voted into the game. Kickers and punters would still be voted in for special teams duties outside of kickoffs. Special teams players and return specialists would still get voted in and participate on punt coverage and return teams. Kickoffs are the only facet eliminated.
But coach John Harbaugh made the point on Wednesday that it's tough to get a bunch of Pro Bowl players to buy into participating on special teams.
"Having been a special teams coach in the Pro Bowl, I can tell you it’s the toughest job, because the guys aren’t real thrilled about going out there and covering kicks," Harbaugh said. "So, the special teams coach, he’s going to bring his family out there and have a nice vacation. It’s going to be great."
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