Gruden's Season Isn't Over Yet

Jon Gruden was named to coach in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 and will get hands-on experience with the top seniors in the nation as the Bucs prepare for the draft

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden still has one more game to coach this season. It might be the most important one of all.

He was named as one of the two head coaches for the Senior Bowl, to be played Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala. The opposing coach will be Norv Turner of the Oakland Raiders.

It will be Gruden's second appearance in the Senior Bowl. He coached there in 1999 when he was with the Raiders. It will be a key week for Gruden as he gets a chance to check out the best seniors in the nation. The Bucs hold the fifth overall pick in the 2005 Draft, so it will give Gruden and his staff a chance to get up close and personal.

"The Senior Bowl is very beneficial, especially when it comes to spending time with the players," Gruden said Thursday. "During our last experience in 1999, we were able to get some great players on our team after having hands-on experience.''

The Bucs have plenty of needs and this year's draft is especially deep.

"The draft obviously will be a possibility to help us,'' Gruden said. "We do have 11 draft picks this year which is a novelty to us. We have not had that in recent years. We'll look at the availability of players and, honestly, if there's a guy there who we think can come in and help us, not only immediately but in our future, we will obviously look to go in that direction.''

Last season's top pick was Michael Clayton who was easily the top rookie receiver in the NFL in 2004.

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