Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Giants to hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator, report says

Giants to hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator, report says

The 52-year-old Shula spent five years as the offensive coordinator of the Panthers, with new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman serving in the same role with Carolina for the first four of them before being dismissed in July. An official announcement from the team is expected later on Tuesday.

Shula will be tasked with reviving a Giants offense that features former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning and former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Shula also worked as the quarterbacks coach with the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars and had a stint as the head coach of the University of Alabama from 2003 to 2006. The fact that the offensive coordinator position would be a promotion for Stefanski is irrelevant.

Other candidates such as former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley were mentioned as possibilities - the Giants would have had to receive permission from the Eagles to interview him, which was seen as unlikely. He was on staff for the entirety of Cam Newton's time with the Panthers. Shula's background gave Shurmur that assurance.

The New York Post reported that Shula would put together the offensive game plan, but he would not be the play-caller for the Giants' offense.

Shula's relationship with Newton certainly had its ups and downs. He finished with 50 total touchdowns and was considered the league's best offensive weapon.

Though Shula's offense mostly was middle of the road in Carolina, Shula could rely on Newton being able to create something out of nothing on broken plays.

The Panthers produced 30 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards from Week 6 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the longest streak in the National Football League since the Pittsburgh Steelers recorded 43 straight from 1974-77.

Not counting an interim, Shula was the last head coach of the Crimson Tide before the Nick Saban era began.

Shula was not the first choice for offensive coordinator, otherwise he would have been hired long before this week.

Shula's recent history with tight ends is potentially great news for Evan Engram. Shurmur was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association for his work as Vikings offensive coordinator in 2017. The team has not reached 30 points in a game since the 2015 season finale and has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2008.

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