MOBILE, AL – First and foremost, the Senior Bowl is about player evaluation. It’s a week where the coaching staff and personnel departments of 30 NFL teams turn the page together toward a new season. For some staffs, it’s the first time everyone has been in one place since the previous season ended.
The Senior Bowl is also a place where half of Kansas City’s draft picks of the previous two seasons worked out and interviewed with Chiefs personnel.
In addition to these award winners, the Committee of 101 also selects the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football, which was created in 2007 to honor the life and legacy of the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and given in recognition of visionary leadership that has helped the NFL become the preeminent pro sports league in America. This year’s Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football award winner will be announced in February.
The awards show hosts for the evening will be NFL Network sportscaster Paul Burmeister and CBS football analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL Most Valuable Player and two-time 101 Award winner.
The Bears whittled their list of five general-manager candidates to two, and they’ll conduct a second round of interviews with Phil Emery of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jason Licht of the New England Patriots later this week at Halas Hall.
Eliminated from contention were Marc Ross of the New York Giants, Jimmy Raye of the San Diego Chargers and Tim Ruskell, the Bears’ director of player personnel.
The Bears were free to interview Emery at any time. But they needed written permission from the Patriots to interview Licht again because New England will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 against the Giants in Indianapolis.
“I felt it would be tough for Todd to come back in a capacity that was less than an offensive coordinator with what’s he’s done and being a head coach and what he did here as a coordinator and just the way he likes to coach and what he brings to the table,” Warner said.
The two-time NFL MVP believes Haley would have been a great hire for Arizona, if circumstances were different.
“Obviously, I thought Todd would be a great fit — familiar with players, the system and obviously the coaching staff,” Warner stated.