Besides draft positioning, what is a perk of having the worst record in the NFL and keeping your coaching staff in tact? You get to coach the Senior Bowl!
It was announced today that the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears were selected to coach the 2017 Senior Bowl. Hue Jackson and his staff will coach the South team, while John Fox and his staff will coach the North team.
Practices: Three days, from January 24-26, 2017
Senior Bowl: January 28th in Mobile, Alabama
Here is what Jackson said about the opportunity:
“I’m excited about coaching the Senior Bowl. They really do an outstanding job of getting great players to participate in the game. Obviously, this can be really beneficial to our organization by spending a week coaching some of the best players in college football while we are preparing for the draft. I always say coaching is all about teaching and putting players in the best environment to succeed. I really look at this as an opportunity to help these young men be at their best during a week in which they get to showcase their talents to the entire National Football League.”
Former Browns GM Phil Savage, who is the Senior Bowl Executive Director, also talked about the benefits the players will get from working with Jackson:
“Armed with a number of extra draft picks, I know the Browns are looking forward to working with and evaluating the South squad, while the Bears and their staff will embrace their opportunity to coach and scout the North roster. ... Jackson has a sterling reputation as an innovative offensive mind and is motivated to turn the Browns around. So, this is an ideal situation for Cleveland to get a head start on the 2017 NFL Draft. He and his staff will do a great job with these all-star prospects.”
The San Francisco 49ers were not considered to be one of the coaching staffs because they just fired Chip Kelly and don’t have anyone in place. The Chicago Bears were next up on the list.