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Cowboys, Jaguars to coach 2016 game


MOBILE, Ala. (Jan 7)– The coaching staffs of the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars have been selected by the NFL to coach the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl the week of January 25-30 in Mobile, Ala.

"It's always an honor and a privilege for the Reese's Senior Bowl to have our game coached by NFL staffs and 2016 will be no exception," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

The Cowboys, led by fifth-year head coach Jason Garrett, will coach the North team, while third-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and his staff will guide the South.

It is the fifth time the Cowboys' staff has coached the Senior Bowl, but the first time since 1965. Tom Landry and his staff coached in the game four consecutive years (1962-1965), winning one game, losing two and playing to a tie in 1965.

"We are so honored to have owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys organization as part of our Reese's Senior Bowl this year," Savage said. "Coach Jason Garrett and his staff will do a phenomenal job in giving our players a real head start on their NFL careers, so we couldn't be happier to welcome them to Mobile."

Garrett, who became the first former Dallas Cowboys player to become the team's head coach, started his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant for Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban. He returned to Dallas as the Cowboys' Offensive Coordinator in 2007 and was named the interim head coach in 2010 before officially taking over as head coach to start the 2011 season.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity to coach in the Senior Bowl," said Garrett, whose team finished 2015 with a record of 4-12 and holds the third pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. "It's a great chance to get to spend time with the best players in the country, and all the people associated with the game do a great job of hosting the coaches and personnel people from around the NFL throughout the week. It's a very beneficial experience for everyone involved."

The Jaguars will be coaching in the game for the third straight year, having guided the South to a 20-10 win in 2014 before coaching the South again in a 34-13 loss last year.

"Once again, the Reese's Senior Bowl will benefit from having coach Gus Bradley and the Jacksonville Jaguars staff in Mobile," Savage said. "Gus and his coaches have made the week an unbelievable experience for our players over the past two games, so we are thankful they are coming back for a third time."

Jacksonville finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 5-12 and holds the fifth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"On behalf of the Jaguars, we're excited about the opportunity to come back to Mobile and coach the Senior Bowl," Bradley said. "It provides our staff with a chance to work with the players and really get to know them and we've found that to be a very beneficial part of the draft process."

Bradley, who has nine years of NFL coaching experience, was hired by Jacksonville three years ago to guide the Jaguars through a rebuilding process. Before joining the Jaguars organization, Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator and three years (2006-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, serving the last two as linebackers coach after joining the Bucs in 2006 as their defensive quality control coach.

The 67th Reese's Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 30, 2016 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 1:30p.m. CT. The game is televised on NFL Network.

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