IRVING – A year after coaching the Pro Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff is in line to coach the Senior Bowl later this month in Mobile, Ala.
Coach Jason Garrett said he and his assistants would jump at the opportunity, if presented with it. That is expected to happen and an announcement could come as early as today or Wednesday.
“If we have the opportunity we’re going to take full advantage of it,” Garrett said at his season-ending news conference on Monday.
“You’re there for a week with the players so you see them in a pro football environment. We would meet in practice like we would here so you get a chance to see them up close and spend the days with them both in the meetings and on the practice field and obviously see how they respond to our system of football and how we want to coach.
“And then you get a chance to coach them in the ballgame. So it’s really the best up close and personal look that you get of these players through the whole draft process.”
Senior Bowl practices begin on Jan. 26 with the game taking place on Jan. 30. It’s a game that features the nation’s top senior college football players, and the Cowboys will be heavily involved in the evaluation process this year with the fourth overall pick in next spring’s draft.
The Senior Bowl typically goes with coaching staffs from the two teams with the worst records who are keeping their staff in tact. Tennessee and Cleveland have the top two picks, but are undergoing staff changes.
San Diego has the third overall pick and is the likely choice to coach the team opposite of Dallas.
Assuming the Cowboys are the choice, it will mark the first time in 50 years that the organization coaches the Senior Bowl. The last time was in 1965 with Tom Landry.
Among players from Texas schools who have already accepted invites include: TCU wide receivers Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee; Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, defensive end Shawn Oakman, wide receiver Jay Lee and long snapper Jimmy Landes; and Texas Tech offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark.
The Cowboys will be evaluating quarterbacks heavily this off-season as well.
Among the quarterbacks who have accepted invites are: Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech), Cody Kessler (USC) and Carson Wentz (North Dakota State).