Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Reports: Virginia's Lazor out, Shoop in as Bucs' coordinator candidates
Virginia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will not become the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report in the Charlottesvile (Va.) Daily Progress. Columnist Jerry Ratcliffe, citing unnamed sources, said Wednesday that Lazor is no longer being considered for the opening on new Bucs coach Greg Schiano's staff, even though he had been a "candidate of interest" for the position. The report did not say whether Lazor took himself out of the running or had been eliminated by the Bucs. FOXSports.com also reported Wednesday that the Bucs would interview University of North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop, a former Tampa Bay assistant coach.Shoop came to UNC from the Oakland Raiders, where he as quarterbacks coach in 2005, tight ends coach in 2006 and acted as offensive coordinator for the final five games of the 2006 season. Shoop also was quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers in 2004 under head coach Jon Gruden, and spent three years as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (2001-03). A report by FOXSports.com on Tuesday said that Lazor and Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Ron Turner were being considered by Tampa Bay for the job. Lazor went to Virginia after seven seasons in the NFL, most recently as the quarterbacks coach in 2008 and 2009 with the Seattle Seahawks. He was on the Washington Redskins staff for four years and was with the Atlanta Falcons for one season. Turner was the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2009 and spent the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as first the wide receivers coach and then quarterbacks coach in 2011. Playing without star quarterback Peyton Manning in 2011, the Colts finished 27th in the NFL in passing yards (187.2 yards per game) and 29th in touchdown passes (14). If the reports circulating this week are true, filling the key coordinator positions has been a challenge for the Bucs and Schiano, hired on Jan. 27 to replace Raheem Morris after Tampa Bay lost its final 10 games last season. University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn turned down the same role with the Bucs on Monday, according to the Gainesville Sun. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday on Twitter that the Green Bay Packers have denied a request by the Bucs to speak with tight ends coach Ben McAdoo about running Tampa Bay's offense. Earlier, the Bucs also were denied permission to meet with Arizona Cardinals wide receivers coach John McNulty - now Arizona's quarterback coach - about the offensive coordinator job. Tampa Bay will host a regional draft combine at One Buc Place on Feb. 18, one of eight new regional workouts around the country, in preparation for the full-blown NFL draft combine Feb. 23-28 in Indianapolis. Tampa Bay has the fifth overall pick in this year's draft after going 4-12 last season. FoxSports.com also reported Tuesday that Schiano also will add three of his former assistants at Rutgers — Bob Fraser (linebackers), Brian Angelichio (tight ends) and Jeff Hafley (defensive secondary) — to the Bucs' staff after an earlier report said Schiano would hire Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck.