Add another name to the list of candidates to be offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. University of North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop reportedly is interviewing for the position.
Ron Turner also remains a possibility, but Bill Lazor has elected to stay at the University of Virginia. Shoop has a decent résumé that includes a 2004 stop in Tampa Bay as quarterbacks coach.
Shoop also spent time as quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers and that brings up a legendary story. There was a time when former Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins was asked by a media member if he’d be better off with a quarterbacks coach.
Collins said “absolutely’’ and then proceeded to explain how the addition of a quarterbacks coach would make him better. Of course, Collins somehow was neglecting the fact Shoop already was in place as the quarterbacks coach. But all that happened right before Collins’ career blew up in Carolina.
Back to the Bucs, the most important thing here is that Shoop also has experience as an NFL offensive coordinator. He served in that capacity for the Chicago Bears from 2001-03.
The same report also says the Bucs have hired Jimmy Raye II as a senior offensive assistant. Raye is a longtime NFL assistant, who was fired as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator in 2010.