Jauron pursues Raiders assistant Shoop

Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron is currently expressing interest in current Oakland Raider's quarterbacks coach John Shoop.

Jauron is very familiar with Shoop from his stint as head coach of the Chicago Bears. Shoop was hired as Jauron's offensive coordinator with Jauron's Bears in January 2001. He took the job after the Bears won two of three games with him calling plays at the end of the 2000 season. At the time, Shoop was filling in for Gary Crowton, who left to coach at BYU. He remained with the Bears through the 2003 season. Prior to becoming the Bears offensive coordinator, he joined the Bears as quarterbacks coach in February 1999 after serving four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Before joining the Raiders as quarterbacks coach for the 2005 season, Shoop served as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004.

In a recent Chicago Tribune interview, Jauron commented on his relationship with Shoop, and about Shoop's recent interview with Al Davis for the Raiders' head coaching vacancy.. "I love John and think he is an excellent coach, I talked to John on the phone about a number of things, but he's pretty set out there, very happy."

"I know John so well and have talked so much football with him," Jauron said. "He's got a great mind and is so driven to be good at what he does, and he is very interested in what you know. I can only imagine that conversation [with Davis] because I bet John asked a lot of questions as well because Al is a great football mind.

"After that interview, he said it was a great experience."


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