Jeremy Ross had his chance as the Packers' new return specialist in the postseason. A muffed punt in a critical moment of a playoff game may yet make Ross a former Packers' return specialist.

Ross could get another shot next season, but one thing is nearly certain: Randall Cobb's days on special teams are over.

"I hope (Cobb) is not playing (special teams) next year," coach Mike McCarthy said at the Scouting Combine. "That's really the responsibility of the rest of the skill players in the locker room. I prefer not to play (Cobb) on special teams. We'll let time answer that."

Cobb, a second-round pick by Green Bay in 2011, took over the return responsibilities immediately as a rookie. In his first NFL game, he ran back a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown and has been a dynamic force on the Packers' special teams ever since.

"Our special teams in a number of areas was about as good as we've played in our time there in Green Bay, and Randall is a big part of that," McCarthy said.

Perhaps McCarthy meant that Cobb was a big part of that.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the first person within the organization to state publicly that Cobb should stick to wide receiver. After Cobb -- who was Green Bay's leading receiver last season -- injured his ankle on a punt return in Week 16, Rodgers didn't hide his opinion.

"I hope we can get him off special teams soon," Rodgers said.

Cobb sat out the Packers' regular-season finale with the injury but returned for the postseason.

In Green Bay's wild-card win over Minnesota, Cobb returned punts and Ross returned kickoffs. Though neither player contributed much in that game on special teams, they both secured the ball every time they touched it.

A week later in the divisional-round game at San Francisco, with Ross now also on punt returns, his inexperience became apparent at the most inopportune time for the Packers.