MOBILE Ala. — Senior college prospects aren’t the only ones looking for work here at Ladd Peebles Stadium. Sure, they are in the spotlight, performing for coaches and scouts around the league, and in front of a national audience on the NFL Network.
But some of the most interesting aspects of the Senior Bowl are what happens in the stands, and on the sidelines. That’s where a sort of free-for-all trade show/job fair takes place.
If it’s not a college coach talking up his former player to a pro scout in the hopes of improving his player’s draft stock, it’s an agent trying to sign his next big client or a performance institute trying to recruit its next athlete for pre-draft workout training.
Perhaps most interesting, though, are the former coaches milling around the premises making their presence known.
Former Redskins coach Jim Zorn was all over the place, tracking the prospects as if he was still coaching, and catching up with old acquaintances and colleagues.
Zorn said he is bound and determined to get back into coaching, and regardless of whether he has a job now, he is approaching the Senior Bowl as if he is still coaching.
“I hope to continue to coach, and I hope to eventually continue my quest to be a head coach,” Zorn said. “Nothing is ever guaranteed as we see, but I’ll have to work at getting on a staff.”
Zorn revealed that he has no leads as of this moment, but he said he will be prepared when an opportunity comes.
“As a (former) head coach, people have my name, they know I’m out there and they know I’m available,” Zorn said.
While Zorn may be one of the more high-profile coaches hoping to get on a staff, there are plenty of others all over the stadium trying to get into the league, as well.
That’s how it goes at the Senior Bowl: The world’s biggest football job fair.
– Jason Feller