Shoop to coach Raider QBs

The Oakland Raiders hired John Shoop, who has a decade of NFL coaching experience, including three years as a pro offensive coordinator, to be the quarterbacks coach according to a statement the team released.

"We're pleased to have John join our staff as he brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent teacher," Raiders head coach Norv Turner said in that released statement.

The 35-year old Shoop spent the 2004 season as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after serving as offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2001-03. In his first season directing the Bears offense in 2001, Shoop helped Chicago win the NFC Central Division title with a 13-3 record.

In 2002 under Shoop's direction, the Bears offense produced a Pro Bowl wide receiver in Marty Booker, who became the first Chicago wide receiver to earn those All-Star game honors since 1971. In 2001 with Shoop directing the offense, Anthony Thomas earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after setting a Bears rookie rushing record with 1,183 yards.

Shoop was promoted to Bears offensive coordinator after spending the 1999-2000 seasons as Chicago's quarterbacks coach.

Prior to joining the Bears, Shoop spent four seasons with Carolina, where he began his NFL coaching career. Shoop was offensive quality control assistant for the Panthers from 1995-96 where he was a member of a staff that led the team to the NFC Championship game in 1996. He was then promoted to quarterbacks coach, serving in that capacity for Carolina from 1997-98 where he worked with current Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins.

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