The 2015 Pro Bowl, which takes place on Jan. 21 in Arizona with Cris Carter and Michael Irvin picking the teams, has officially announced the two coaching staffs that will be on the sidelines.
According to the NFL Communications Department, John Harbaugh and his staff from Baltimore will be coaching against Jason Garrett and his fellow Dallas coaches:
The coaching staffs of the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys were selected to lead the 2015 Pro Bowl teams in Arizona, the NFL announced today.
John Harbaugh and the coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and Jason Garrett and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft. The 2015 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET).
The NFL had to find a new coaching staff for one of the teams, as John Fox's staff in Denver was originally slated to handle the duties. Harbaugh told ESPN.com that he took the gig after asking his staff if they would be up for it. He also said that he's got plans for the game already in place:
I polled our coaches to see how they felt about it, and they all were excited about coaching a Pro Bowl. We'll look forward to doing that.
We're going to implore [our team] to play a little harder than the other guy. I'm going to have a good halftime speech ready. We'll motivate them. You know there is a difference between the winning share and the losing share, right? That's a big motivator for anybody.
The Ravens and Cowboys were both eliminated from the playoffs last weekend.
This will be the second Pro Bowl coaching gig for Harbaugh, who previously led the AFC in 2009. Garrett is making his debut in this game on the heels of his most successful season as Dallas' head coach.
Even though the Pro Bowl has taken some criticism for the lack of defense, it's still an exciting showcase of athleticism. It's basically a fun pick-up game of football that you would play with your friends, but has the added wrinkle of a fantasy draft with Carter and Irvin picking the teams.
The new format has already proven to be an exciting twist on the annual All-Star game. With so many star players set to participate again this season, these coaching staffs will be at no shortage of options.