A year after coaching the Pro Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff will work the Senior Bowl later this month in Mobile, Ala.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed the news on Wednesday, which had been expected given the Cowboys’ 4-12 season. The Senior Bowl typically chooses staffs from the two worst teams that aren’t undergoing coaching changes.
Organizations have the option of declining, but that rarely happens and coach Jason Garrett expressed interest in coaching the showcase game earlier this week.
“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. The game 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 April’s draft and high selections in the subsequent rounds.
This marks the first time in 50 years that the organization will be coaching in the Senior Bowl. The last time was in 1965 with Tom Landry.
Among players from Texas schools who have already accepted invitations are 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).