Giants hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator and QB coach, source says

Mike Shula

He had been with the Panthers since 2011, and he worked as Carolina's quarterbacks coach for two seasons before becoming the team's offensive coordinator. An official announcement from the team is expected later on Tuesday.

Shula was not new head coach Pat Shurmur's first choice as the latter reportedly wanted to hire Kevin Stefanski, the Minnesota Vikings' quarterbacks coach.

The Panthers ranked first in the National Football League in scoring in the 2015 season when they went 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl.

The Carolina offense struggled through the air this past season and Shula - and QB coach Ken Dorsey - took the fall, losing their jobs shortly after the Panthers lost in the wild-card round to the New Orleans Saints. And it is of course a coach's job to build a team around the personnel he has, so McAdoo's and Jerry Reese's judgment that the problem was Manning - and not the offensive line - ultimately led to their firings on December 4.

Shula was known for establishing some effective power running games during his time in Carolina. He played quarterback at Alabama and was the head coach there from 2003-06.

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Carolina had the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense in 2015, when quarterback Cam Newton won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. The fact that the offensive coordinator position would be a promotion for Stefanski is irrelevant.

Shula, 52, is the son of Don Shula, the NFL's all-time winningest coach. Aging signal-caller Eli Manning threw 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this past season.

Other notable Shula proteges include Miami's Jay Fiedler and Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer, who likewise posted personal bests under his supervision. In four seasons at the helm in Tuscaloosa, Shula tallied a 26-23 record, though 16 of those wins were later vacated due to NCAA violations involving free textbooks.

Notably, Shula was the last full-time head coach of Alabama football in the pre-Nick Saban era. Though the team finished 8th in the final Associated Press rankings, Shula was let go after a disappointing 6-6 campaign in 2006. Offensive assistant Ryan Roeder will also stay on the staff, according to a source.

Shurmur should be able to find ways to successfully blend Shula's experience and ideas with the offense he has in mind for the Giants. Former assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells will also return, albeit in a new role as tight end coach.

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