49ers Staff To Coach 2008
Under Armour Senior Bowl South Team
Head coach Mike Nolan and his staff will
lead team of top NFL draft prospects representing the South in the 59th
annual Under Armour Senior Bowl, set for January 26 in Mobile’s
MOBILE, Ala. (January 4, 2008) --
Under Armour Senior Bowl fans will see plenty of
familiar faces on the South team sideline during the 2008 contest, as
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff have been
selected to coach the Senior Bowl’s South team for the third straight
year, bowl officials announced on Friday.
Through the Senior Bowl's working agreement with the National Football
League, the NFL office selects coaching staffs for the two teams of top
NFL Draft prospects that participate in the event each year. The North
team coaching staff is expected to be announced on Saturday.
“I think coaching the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity and a blessing
for the entire San Francisco 49ers organization,” Nolan said. “It’s the
best way to evaluate players that I’ve come to know. I think it’s an
exciting game, and it’s an exciting bunch of players. 95 or 100 percent
of the players make a team in the NFL, so that’s huge.”
San Francisco 49ers head coach
The 49ers have certainly made the most of their recent opportunities to
serve as a coaching staff in the 2006 and 2007 Senior Bowls.
In 2007, the 49ers selected six Senior Bowl players in the draft, more
than any other NFL team, and the group included both of their 2007
first-round draft picks in linebacker Patrick Willis, named the NFL’s
Defensive Rookie of the Year on Friday, and offensive lineman Joe
Staley. The others included wide receiver Jason Hill, defensive ends Ray
McDonald and Jay Moore, and running back Thomas Clayton.
In the 2006 NFL Draft, the club selected four Senior Bowl players
including defensive end Manny Lawson, a first-round pick, and running
back Mike Robinson.
“For us to have an opportunity to coach those guys and evaluate them
first-hand in meetings, get to know them, eat with them and do all those
things for an entire week puts us one up in the evaluation process”
Nolan said. “Last year we had a chance to get a close look at both of
our first round picks in Patrick Willis and Joe Staley. It is just a
Entering the 2007 NFL season, over 575 former Senior Bowl players were
listed on the active rosters of the 32 NFL clubs, and the 49ers featured
more former Senior Bowl players than any other team with 25. That list
included several 49ers starters such as recently retired Pro Bowl
defensive lineman Bryant Young, 11-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry
Allen, wide receiver Arnaz Battle and safety Michael Lewis.
San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach and Pro Football Hall of
Mike Singletary works with South team linebackers during a
2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl practice.
In addition to their coaching staff, the 49ers will also be bringing
their training, video and equipment staffs to Mobile to maximize the
many benefits that the players will receive through their participation
in the Senior Bowl.
Named the 15th head coach in team history on January 19, 2005, Nolan
recently completed his third season as head coach of the 49ers. He
joined the 49ers following a distinguished 17-year career as an NFL
assistant, most recently as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore
The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s
premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior
collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams
representing the North and South which are coached by the entire
coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.
Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 800 general managers,
head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel
from the 32 National Football League teams.
The 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. on January
26 and the game and its practice sessions will be nationally televised
by the NFL Network.
Tickets sell for $24, $18 and $12 each and can be purchased at all area
Food World stores, selected Regions Bank branches, the Senior Bowl
ticket office in the Riverview Plaza Hotel and through the bowl’s
website at www.seniorbowl.com.