Mike Munchak’s first interview for a prospective addition to his staff was former NFL offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Shoop.
The news came to us via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Indications are that Shoop interviewed for a quarterbacks-coach position, which tells us about the direction Munchak is intending to go as he reshapes his offensive staff.
By interviewing a prospective quarterbacks coach, Munchak appears to be signaling he intends to keep Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator. Loggains was elevated from quarterbacks coach to coordinator with five games left in the season when Munchak dismissed Chris Palmer.
Shoop was out of coaching last year. He worked as offensive coordinator for Butch Davis at the University of North Carolina before that, as well as with four different franchises in the NFL -- Oakland, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Carolina.
Shoop appears to have been writing a blog, The Shoop Scoop, for WCHL-FM at Chapelboro.com, which covers UNC.
Earlier Thusday, it came to light that Munchak will also be looking for a running-backs coach. Jim Skipper was told he would not have his contract renewed.
In comments to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Skipper suggested that the biggest help Chris Johnson needs going forward will be in the blocking department.
“Chris is the type of back that’s going to need help, you know?” Skipper said. “He’s not the kind of guy who is going to make his own holes. But I think he is in the right direction. He’s just had a run of bad luck. If they can get some stability on the offensive line, he’ll be fine.”