Senior Bowl teams to be coached by Jaguars and Titans staffs

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The staffs of the Jaguars' Gus Bradley and Titans' Ken Whisenhunt will work the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The coaching staffs of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans have been selected to work in the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl, the Senior Bowl announced Tuesday.


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Tennessee's staff will coach the North team, and Jacksonville's staff will coach the South squad. It will be the second year in a row that the Jaguars' staff will oversee the South team. A Senior Bowl news release said the Jaguars were selected when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, declined the offer.

"Our staff really enjoyed the time we had last year in Mobile," said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, whose team selected four players from last year's game in the 2014 draft. "It's a great opportunity to get to know the players on a personal level and watch them compete on and off the field for an entire week. It proved to be a valuable asset in our pre-draft process last year."

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On Monday, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith noted that he needed to hire an offensive coordinator.

"Getting our staff in place is the first part of business and we'll take those necessary steps from there," he said during his end-of-season news conference. "When you have the first pick in the draft, everybody that we need to see and that we need to talk to -- we have first dibs. So we will be able to get all the information we need without coaching the Senior Bowl, if that's the case or whatever."

Senior Bowl week runs from Jan. 19-24 in Mobile, Ala. The practices and game are televised exclusively on NFL Network.

Tennessee has the second pick in the 2015 draft, and NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt says the Titans' biggest draft needs are quarterback, a pass rusher and a cornerback. The Jaguars pick third, and Brandt says their biggest needs are offensive tackle, cornerback and running back.

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