Schiano not shy about interest in Shoop for offensive coordinator

AP

Greg Schiano is not shy, so he asked for the digits of John Shoop and has called for an interview for the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator vacancy.

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that Shoop is interviewing for the position today.

Shoop has spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina, and Schiano’s interest in him is another sign that Schiano plans to put together a staff heavy on former college coaches. Schiano, formerly the head coach at Rutgers, is reportedly planning to bring at least four of his Rutgers assistants with him to Tampa.

But Shoop isn’t only a college coach; he was the Bears’ offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003 and has also been the quarterbacks coach of the Buccaneers, Raiders and Panthers.

Schiano is also apparently considering Ron Turner as offensive coordinator. Schiano showed interest in Bill Lazor for the job, but Lazor decided to remain as offensive coordinator at Virginia.

30 responses to “Schiano not shy about interest in Shoop for offensive coordinator

  1. Hey Greg, I will totally coordinate your offense next year. And I promise you won’t get rejected when you ask for permission to interview me.

  2. “and Schiano’s interest in him is another sign that Schiano plans to put together a staff heavy on former college coaches.”

    It doesn’t look like he has much of a choice. Teams are denying permission to talk to his first and second candidates, so he’s got to get a staff from somewhere.

  3. realfootballfan says:
    Feb 8, 2012 12:29 PM
    John Shoop, Ron Turner? Is this a joke?

    Is Schiano trying not to succeed?
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    Umm…..have you been paying attention?

    He has tried to get seasoned NFL assistants and has been blocked at every turn.

    There is something going on here. Teams that have given permission for assistants to interview with other teams have denied the Bucs the same opportunity.

    Why? Have the Bucs done this to other teams in the past?

    Is this the old boy network sticking it to the Bucs for not hiring one of their retreads?

    Schiano was not “planning on putting together a college heavy staff”. The rest of the league is forcing him too.

  4. Being a Bears fan means I had to suffer through years of offenses being coordinated by both Ron Turner and John Shoop. Man, those were tough times.

    I suppose Terry Shea is the next candidate to be announced… Bucs fans, run away as fast as you can.

  5. Wow. I remember Shoop very well as a Bears fan. He was famous for his constant use of bubble screens, and absolute refusal to ever try anything remotely unexpected or let his qbs (granted, they were terrible) attempt a pass over 5 yards. He also liked to call passes that were 3 yard routes when we needed 5. His tenure may have been the lowest point of the Bears offense in the past 20 years. That says a lot.

    Good luck with the Schiano.

  6. As another Bears fan, I totally agree with spacincasen. I felt bad for Bucs fans yesterday when it was announced that Schiano was considering Ron Turner. Then I saw today’s headline and cringed in pain/remorse/pity/disbelief.

  7. realitypolice says:
    Feb 8, 2012 12:42 PM

    Why? Have the Bucs done this to other teams in the past?

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    Oh yeah. They blocked teams from interviewing Kiffin and Bisaccia for years. But that was back in the Gruden/Allen years. Still, there may be a grudge.

  8. My guess is that this has less to do with “the old boy’s network”, teams being upset with the Bucs for hiring a college coach, or teams with an ax to grind against the Bucs and more to do with how long the Bucs took to hire a head coach. For many of the teams that Schiano is calling on the off-season is in full swing and teams don’t want to have to deal with hiring another coach as they’re gearing up for the combine/ draft/ OTAs.

  9. Shoop? Turner?

    Maybe they should also consider bringing in Bob Babich to serve as the d-coordinator. And I’m sure Mike Tomczak could come in to be the QB coach and I can’t imagine Rashaan Salaam wouldn’t want to coach the RB’s.

    What are they thinking?

  10. “There is something going on here. Teams that have given permission for assistants to interview with other teams have denied the Bucs the same opportunity.” – Realfootballfan

    Uhh, what coordinators are you referring to? As far as I understand, no one else has tried to interview McNulty, and the GB TE coach was also blocked from interviewing with the Dolphins. So, am I missing something?

    Also, this article says Lazor turned down the job. Who said he was offered it? All the reports I’m hearing make it seem like the Bucs decided against him, not the other way around.

  11. Yeah, you’re taking the worst from the Bears discard pile here, Bucs.

    Granted, it was a while ago. People change & hopefully for the Bucs’ sake get better. But, times were lean and frustrating as hell with Shoop as OC of the Bears… my condolences, Bucs fans…

  12. Richard Dickson says: Feb 8, 2012 1:14 PM

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    Oh yeah. They blocked teams from interviewing Kiffin and Bisaccia for years. But that was back in the Gruden/Allen years. Still, there may be a grudge.

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    Don’t forget Barry, Edwards and Marinelli.

    What goes around comes around.

  13. As a Bears fan let me tell you the Shoop era was brutal to watch. He only had 2 offensive plays….run and pass

    Other than Punt, what other types of offensive plays are there?

  14. Feb 8, 2012 1:14 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Feb 8, 2012 12:42 PM

    Why? Have the Bucs done this to other teams in the past?

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    Richard Dickson: Do you happen to be from Ocean Springs Ms. ?

  15. Shoop was QB coach for the Raiders during the disastrous 2-14 season under Art Shell, and in fact he took over as OC late in the year when Shell realised that he was at least an upgrade over Tom ‘B&B’ Walsh. That’s the only OC he would be an upgrade over though.

    His QBs that year were Aaron Brooks, who had at least been serviceable in New Orleans, and the young Andrew Walter. Under Shoop’s coaching, Brooks regressed so much that he dropped out of the league altogether. Walter moved to New England where PFT reported one of the coaches there saying that they were “shocked” at how badly he had been coached in Oakland.

    If this is true Buccs fans, say goodbye to your hopes of Josh Freeman ever becoming an elite quarterback.

  16. I give him credit. He did guide the Bears to a 13-3 record in this first year. Other than that…yea the rest was painfully forgettable. Ask Kordell Stewart.

  17. Miller was a solid QB those years.. I’m pretty sure not having any talent at WR or TE limits play calling.. Give em a chance. Freeman is a stud.. Get rid of Winslow… That guy kills this young bucs squad..

  18. Looks like Bucs fans might be in for a few more long years… The worst part is that this organization passed on at least three good HC candidates on its way to fielding a college football team.

  19. The Bucs never blocked anyone from interviewing Kiffin. Kiffin had made it clear he did not want to be a Head Coach and that he was not leaving Tampa.

    Barry, Edwards and Marinelli however…

  20. Schiano is regarded as a “ball control and defense” type of coach. Much like Dungy was when he was here. His OCs left quite a bit to be desired. Shula, Christiansen, et al. If you go into this season expecting anything other than running plays and dump offs, especially for a first time coach playing it close to the vest, you’re going to be highly disappointed. Until they get that defense shored up, none of this is going to matter. Defense wins championships.

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