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« : January 19, 2013, 01:26:05 AM »

Panthers make right call on Mike Shula

 January, 18, 2013

By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

In the end, the Carolina Panthers wound up selecting the right offensive coordinator.
Joseph Person reports that quarterbacks coach Mike Shula has been promoted to fill the offensive coordinator spot that came open when Rob Chudzinski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Panthers interviewed Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson from the outside. But staying inside was the smartest thing they could have done.
Shula knows the Chudzinski offense and isn’t likely to stray from it. He also has a good relationship with quarterback Cam Newton, and that might be the most important dynamic, because Newton is the franchise.
I know Shula has his detractors from his days as a head coach at the University of Alabama and as offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. But those situations were dramatically different, and Shula was pretty much destined to fail.
At Alabama, he came into a program that was dealing with NCAA issues and still reeling from the Mike Price fiasco. In Tampa Bay, Shula was running the conservative offense that coach Tony Dungy demanded, and he didn’t have much talent to work with.
Getting this job is Shula’s first legitimate chance to succeed. He has a talented quarterback in Newton, an offensive line anchored by Ryan Kalil and Jordan Gross, a deep backfield, a top receiver in Steve Smith, and a solid tight end in Greg Olsen.
This time, Shula’s hands aren’t tied. This time, he has a chance to succeed.

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« #1 : January 19, 2013, 02:40:18 AM »

If his last name wasn't what it is,  I think he would be coaching high school ball or something.  IMO

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« #2 : January 19, 2013, 01:19:42 PM »

The only reason Shula is a good hire is because he's not threatening enough to take Rivera's job like someone like Hue Jackson could do.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.



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« #3 : January 19, 2013, 01:24:02 PM »

Tony D's offense was offensive is a lot of way.
But WD-40 was a good thing for Shula when he was here.


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« #4 : January 19, 2013, 01:45:15 PM »

Not sure if Shula has much of a chance to be good, but this I do know.
With Dungy,  Bucs let the offense,and especially the O-line, rot on the vine.
And speaking of rotten fruit, how about sticking w/ Trent through the majority of the "window of opportunity".
That still stings..!    And WD-40 was essentially wasted by the mismanagement. That also stunk..!


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« #5 : January 19, 2013, 03:58:50 PM »

    He's certainly got the talent in Carolina. Now let's see what he does with it...
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