BEREA, Ohio-- When asked if he and his staff would want to coach at the Senior Bowl, Hue Jackson responded.
"I would jump. I am there. Yes sir," Jackson said laughing on Monday.
Former Browns GM Phil Savage and the Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director announced in a release that the Browns will be there.
"The Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears represent two of the NFL's flagship franchises when it comes to tradition and history," Savage said. "We are proud to have them lead this year's North and South teams."
The Browns will coach the South, while John Fox will coach the North.
The Browns have 14 drafted picks in the 2017 NFL Draft and this will allow the coaches to work with potential draft picks for a week leading up to the game that will be later this month.
“I’m excited about coaching the Senior Bowl,” Jackson said. “They really do an outstanding job of getting great players to participate in the game. Obviously, this can be really beneficial to our organization by spending a week coaching some of the best players in college football while we are preparing for the draft. I always say coaching is all about teaching and putting players in the best environment to succeed. I really look at this as an opportunity to help these young men be at their best during a week in which they get to showcase their talents to the entire National Football League."
“Jackson has a sterling reputation as an innovative offensive mind and is motivated to turn the Browns around,“ Savage said. “So, this is an ideal situation for Cleveland to get a head start on the 2017 NFL Draft. He and his staff will do a great job with these all-star prospects. “
The last time the Browns coached the Reese’s Senior Bowl in 1993, Bill Belichick was the head coach and they had a young defensive assistant named Phil Savage, who is now the Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Players will arrive by Jan. 23 to begin practices the next day and the 68th Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 28, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. CT.
Both the NFL Network and ESPN will televise the practices during the week and NFL Network will carry the game live on Saturday.