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Ravens special teams coach jokingly asks for Russian collusion in Pro Bowl voting

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg playfully suggested some outside voting assistance to get players like kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch to the Pro Bowl.

"In this particular instance, I guess I would encourage Russian collusion," Rosburg said with a smile. "As long as they're in there anyway, they might as well just click the button a few times. So that would help. So if there are any Russians out there listening, vote for the Ravens."

Tucker ranks 10th in the NFL in scoring with 79 points, making 20-of-23 field goals (.869). Koch leads the league with 24 punts inside the 20-yard line. Michael Campanaro tops the AFC in punt return average (14.7 yards).

Pro Bowl rosters are determined by votes from fans, players and coaches, with each group's results counting as one-third of the final tally. Fan voting continues until Dec. 14.

"Unlike the first Tuesday after the Monday of November where you're only supposed to vote once, I would encourage our fans to vote early and often in this particular case for Sam, for Morgan [Cox, the long-snapper], for Justin, for [special teams ace] Anthony Levine and Michael Campanaro. So, I think it would be appropriate to get online and punch that button."

Rosburg also joked that Ryan Mallett got his first graded special teams rep after the backup quarterback was penalized for verbally abusing an official after one punt last Sunday.

"It is a minus [grade]," Rosburg said.