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Friday, January 6, 2012

Senior Bowl - Missed Opportunity

Carolina wasn't selected to coach at the Senior Bowl, an opportunity that Ron Rivera laments.

"If they'd given us the opportunity to do it, we would have done it," Rivera said. "Any time you can go and coach it, it gives you the opportunity to get in front of the guys."

The Senior Bowl is about as close as NFL teams get to working out prospects live, and it's an event that's attended by more NFL employees and hopefuls than anywhere else, excluding the much larger NFL combine. In the combine, you get a handful of workouts, and it's where most teams do the bulk of interviewing and testing.

The Senior Bowl is a game, run by two NFL teams - a big advantage. They get their hands on players for days in a row. They get to put them through live contact against other guys, and actively coach them into what will fit the team's needs.

As well, it's become a major networking event in the league, where coaches go to look to fill out staffs and unemployed coaches and scouts try to get in front of an NFL difference maker.

Carolina coached the Senior Bowl once, in 2000.
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