For the first time in the history of the event, the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl coaching staffs will not feature full units from two NFL franchises.
While the Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders will provide the head coaches for the American and National teams, a total of six NFL teams will be represented on the Senior Bowl coaching staffs.
Who will be working with this group of 2023 NFL Draft prospects?
American Team Senior Bowl Coaches
Head Coach Luke Getsy
Another change for the Senior Bowl coaching staffs this year sees the implantation of a “coach up” format where coordinators and assistant coaches take on elevated positions from their normal roles within the franchise.
For the American Team, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy will handle head coach duties at the 2023 Senior Bowl. The former Pittsburgh and Akron quarterback is elevated to a head coach role on the Senior Bowl coaching staff after his first season as offensive coordinator with the Bears.
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Prior to his debut season in Chicago, Getsy was the QB coach and passing game coordinator with the Green Bay Packers — his second stint in Titletown.
His experience of working with Aaron Rodgers and Justin Fields should prove exciting for the American Team roster of quarterbacks. Headlined by College Football National Championship runner-up Max Duggan, they include Hendon Hooker (Tennessee), Clayton Tune (Houston), and NCAA passing touchdown record holder Tyson Bagent of Shepherd University.
Offensive Coordinator Charles London
Joining Getsy on the American Team Senior Bowl coaching staff is Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London. The former Duke running back will be the offensive coordinator for the American Team.
Before arriving in Atlanta in 2021, London had spent most of his coaching career as a running backs coach. Having spent a year coaching Duke’s running backs in 2006, his first coaching role in the NFL was an offensive quality control coach for the Bears between 2007-2009.
London returned to Soldier Field in 2018 as the running backs coach, having performed that role with the Houston Texans (2014-2017) and Penn State (2012-2013).
Defensive Coordinator DeMarcus Covington
While the New England Patriots are in Las Vegas at the Shrine Bowl, an ascending member of their team joins the Senior Bowl coaching staff in Mobile. DeMarcus Covington will take on the role as defensive coordinator for the American Team, giving the team a Super Bowl-winning addition to their staff.
A wide receiver for FCS Samford, Covington switched sides of the ball when transitioning from player to coach. A defensive graduate assistant at UAB in 2012, he worked at Ole Miss, UT Martin, and finally Eastern Illinois before landing a coaching assistant role with the Patriots in 2017.
Covington was elevated to outside linebackers coach in 2019 before moving to the defensive front in 2020 — a role he holds on Bill Belichick’s staff to this day.
National Team Senior Bowl Coaches
Head Coach Patrick Graham
Although he was an assistant head coach with the New York Giants between 2020 and 2021, Patrick Graham’s selection to the Senior Bowl coaching staff allows him to be a head coach for the first time in his career. The 2023 Senior Bowl National Team head coach is the current defensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Graham has had a long and varied road to the Senior Bowl coaching staff. A 2002 graduate of Yale, the college football defensive lineman held a graduate assistant role at Wagner from 2002-2003 before coaching the defensive line at Richmond in 2004. However, he flipped sides of the ball as the tight end coach for the Spiders in 2005 and 2006.
After a three-year stint between Notre Dame and Toledo, Graham landed his first NFL role as a coaching assistant for the Patriots. During a six-year span in New England, he held multiple roles, including linebackers coach and defensive line coach while winning a Super Bowl.
Graham went on to have two stints in New York with the Giants, sandwiching time as the linebackers coach and run game coordinator with the Packers and defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. His appointment as the defensive coordinator for the Raiders in Feb. 2022 has led him to a place on the 2023 Senior Bowl coaching staff.
Offensive Coordinator Ronald Curry
Bobby Bowden once described him as the best high school quarterback he’d ever seen, and he had an eight-year career as a wide receiver in the NFL. However, it’s his exploits as the New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator that sees Ronald Curry head to Mobile as part of the 2023 Senior Bowl coaching staff.
While his NFL coaching journey began with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 as an offensive assistant, Curry has been with the Saints since 2016.
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Fulfilling that same role for two years, he was elevated to wide receivers coach in 2018 before taking over as quarterbacks coach in 2021, working with Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton — plus Ian Book, Trevor Siemian, and Taysom Hill.
Curry is the offensive coordinator of a National Team that features several exciting prospects, including BYU duo Jaren Hall and Puka Nacua, Michigan State WR Jayden Reed, and underrated Texas running back Roschon Johnson.
Defensive Coordinator Grady Brown
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Grady Brown takes on the role as defensive coordinator after just two seasons as a positional coach at the NFL level.
Brown’s unit tied the NFL lead in interceptions in 2022, and he will work with some ballhawks on the National Team. Illinois duo Jartavius Martin and Sydney Brown helped the Fighting Illini to secure 24 interceptions — the most in college football this year.
The Senior Bowl coach’s predominant experience has been at the college level, where he was most recently the defensive coordinator at McNeese State. However, they didn’t play a game due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, has been an intern with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs during his career.