Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and his staff will coach the South team at the 2012 Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Mobile, Ala., the bowl committee announced Saturday afternoon.
Leslie Frazier and his Minnesota Vikings staff will coach the North team. The coaching staffs for each team are selected by the NFL office.
This marks the first time that Shanahan has served as head coach of a Senior Bowl team, but he did serve as a coordinator in the game in 1986. Redskins coaching staffs have coached in the Senior Bowl six times, sporting a 3-3 record. The last Redskins coach to do so was Norv Turner in 1998.
The Senior Bowl, which features a week of practices and then the game at week’s end, is one of the premier pre-draft events, drawing more than 800 NFL team officials, coaches, scouts and front office members.
Shanahan and his staff didn’t attend last year’s Senior Bowl or the practices leading up to it. But the Redskins last April drafted six players that played in the game.
The game and its practices will be televised on the NFL Network.
Shanahan said he is looking forward to coaching the South team.
“The Senior Bowl provides us a great opportunity to get to know some of the young players who will be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft,” the coach said in a press release.