Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interview Carousel Turns Toward UNC's Shoop

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2012

John Shoop from his Chicago Bears days.
John Shoop from his Chicago Bears days.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

This Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff-building exercise of Greg Schiano's is starting to resemble a Friday bar night back in our college days.

It's getting later and later and by golly, all the good looking ones have left.

What do you do now?

What Schiano has done is dip heavily into Rutgers to bring back the gang and today he is supposed to be interviewing North Carolina's John Shoop for the all-important role of offensive coordinator, the man who must resurrect the ghost of Josh Freeman. That is being reported by Fox Sports' Alex Marvez, who has obviously tapped Mark Dominik's office phone.

Ironically, Shoop was John Gruden's quaterbacks coach here in 2004.

So while you've all been out buying your Buccaneer season tickets, let's take a quick look at what has and hasn't happend with the staff-building over there at One Buc.



Brian Angelichio, from Rutgers, tight ends coach.

Bob Fraser, from Rutgers, linebackers coach.

Jeff Hafley, from Rutgers, defensive backs coach.

P.J. Fleck, wide receivers, Rutgers.



Jay Butler, Rutgers, strength and conditioning coach.

Randy Melvin, defensive line coach, British Columbia Lions

Jimmy Raye, New York Jets, former Buccaneer staffer, been all around the NFL, fired often.

Tem Lubuku, Rutgers, outside linebackers.



Frank Cignetti, from Rutgers, takes job as Rams' quarterback coach.

Bill Lazor, from the University of Virginia, staying there as offensive coordinator.



Butch Davis, unemployed, possible new defensive coordinator.

Ron Turner, quarterbacks coach for Indianapolis Colts, possible new offensive coordinator.


This entire magical mystery tour that started when Raheem Morris was canned has been one dizzy trip.

You hop in the old time machine and wonder what Gruden's departing words to the Glazer family might have been?

As much as we want the Greg Schiano administration to matter, there's no sense getting all worked up about it. No sense in getting too distressed about who they hire or don't hire to fill out this new staff.

What will matter most is coming next month, in March, when free agency begins.

What this team does or doesn't do in free agency will tell the tale of 2012.

Bank on it.