Bears’ Getsy, Raiders’ Graham to coach Sr. Bowl


MOBILE, Alabama — Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will serve as Senior Bowl head coaches.

The Senior Bowl said Wednesday that Getsy will coach the Americas team and Graham the national team in the flagship game for NFL seniors and graduates on Feb. 4.

The Bears have the top overall pick in the April draft, and the Raiders have the #7 pick.

It’s the first time the Senior Bowl hasn’t had two full team members coach the game.

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NFL Football Operations has adopted a “coach-up” format to promote the professional development of coordinators and other assistants. The head coaches and general managers of all non-playoff teams could appoint assistants.

The team head coaches were then selected by a panel composed of executives from the league office, representatives of the General Managers’ Advisory Committee, and Senior Bowl officials.

At least one coach was selected from each of the 16 nominated teams, with four representatives from the New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders and Chicago Bears. The Raiders (3), Cleveland Browns (2), and Pittsburgh Steelers (2) also have multiple coaches.

“Everyone at the Senior Bowl is excited about this new format of coaching because it connects our players behind the scenes with half the teams in the league during the week,” said Senior Bowl general manager Jim Nagy. “Both Luke Getsy and Patrick Graham have excellent reputations in the league and the young men in our game will no doubt leave Mobile better footballers after spending the week with these excellent staff.”

The American coordinators will be Atlanta Falcons quarterback coach Charles London (offense) and New England Patriots defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington (defense).

The national coordinators are Saints quarterbacks coach/passing coordinator Ronald Curry and Steelers defensive backs coach Grady Brown.

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