Fox and Bears staff to coach Senior Bowl

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OL Kyle Long

Bears OL Kyle Long is a former Senior Bowl participant.

It was a disappointing season for the Chicago Bears, but positioned with the third overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, the Bears received another small perk Tuesday. The Reese’s Senior Bowl, the annual college all-star game for seniors, announced that Bears head coach John Fox and his staff will oversee the North squad. The South team will be coached by Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson and his staff.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to get a hands-on look at some of the top draft-eligible players in the nation,” said  Fox, who in 28 years of coaching in the NFL has never coached in the Senior Bowl.  “The Senior Bowl experience will provide our coaches and personnel staff an extended chance to evaluate these players in a one-on-one setting which could prove to be very valuable as we approach the NFL Draft. It’s a great opportunity to spend some extra time with these guys and see how they respond to our staff.”

Chicago last coached in the Senior Bowl in 1996 under head coach Dave Wannstedt, and also coached in 1992 (Mike Ditka) and 1976 (Jack Pardee).

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“Fox is a veteran coach that understands the importance of the Reese’s Senior Bowl and its impact on a team’s draft preparations,”  added Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, himself

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a former NFL executive. “The Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears represent two of the NFL’s flagship franchises when it comes to tradition and history,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are proud to have them lead this year’s North and South teams.”

Players will arrive by Jan. 23 to begin practices the next day and the 68th Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. CT.

Both the NFL Network and ESPN will televise the practices during the week and NFL Network will carry the game live on Saturday.

 

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