MOBILE, Ala. – The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars have been selected to coach the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl next month 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 2015 will be no exception," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.
The Titans, led by their first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt, will coach the North team, while second-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and his staff will guide the South.
"I have known Ken Whisenhunt since we worked together with the Baltimore Ravens back in the late 1990's," Savage said. "As a former NFL player himself and now head coach, he knows exactly what it takes to be successful in professional football and that knowledge should really benefit the prospects he and his staff will work with in Mobile."
Tennessee finished the 2014 season with a record of 2-14 and owns the second pick in next year's NFL Draft.
"We are very excited to be one of the coaching staffs at this year's Senior Bowl," said Whisenhunt, who coached in the Senior Bowl as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. "It is a great opportunity for our organization, but we also understand it is a showcase for these college players and an important week of evaluation for the entire league. I have had the good fortune to coach in this game as an assistant coach before and I really enjoyed that experience and the ability to get to know the players and work with them through the week."
Jacksonville was 3-13 this season and will pick third in the draft. The Jaguars, who coached the South team to a 20-10 victory in last year's game, jumped at the opportunity to coach again after Tampa Bay (2-14) declined.
"We are looking forward to coaching the Senior Bowl in 2015," said Bradley, whose club selected four players from last year's game in the NFL Draft. "Our staff really enjoyed the time we had last year in Mobile. It's a great opportunity to get to know the players on a personal level and watch them compete on and off the field for an entire week. It proved to be a valuable asset in our pre-draft process last year. The Senior Bowl staff does a great job of taking care of the players and coaches and making it a very enjoyable week."
"Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Gus Bradley did an outstanding job in coaching the South team," Savage said. "Gus has an infectious enthusiasm for competition that really resonates with the players in an event like the Reese's Senior Bowl."
Bradley, who has nine years of NFL coaching experience, was hired by Jacksonville two 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.
Whisenhunt has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including six years (2007-12) as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. As head coach of the Cardinals, he won a franchise-record 49 games, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII after a team-record 12-win season in 2008. In 2013, as offensive coordinator for San Diego, he led the Chargers offense to the fifth most yards in the NFL and the league's top ranking in third-down offense.
Tennessee previously coached in the Senior Bowl in 2006 when Jeff Fisher led the North to a 31-14 victory. Jacksonville coached the game in 2009 and 2014, leading the South to victories in both games.
The 66th Reese's Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT. The NFL Network will televise the practices during the week and the game.