Earlier on Tuesday, we referenced former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula as a possibility for that same job with the New York Giants. Now, that is apparently about to become reality.
NYG have hired Mike Shula as OC. Official announcement later today. Per sources. #NYG— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) February 13, 2018
Per Ralph Vacchiano, Shula will also function as quarterbacks coach.
Here is what I wrote earlier about Shula:
The connection between Shula and the Giants is via general manager Dave Gettleman. Shula was offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers from 2013-17, during Gettelman’s tenure as GM there. He was let go in a coaching staff shakeup this offseason. Shula was head coach at Alabama from 2003-2006, was offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-1999 and has also been an assistant coach for the Dolphins, Bears and Jaguars.
Panthers’ fans are not offering good reviews on Shula’s time in Carolina. During Shula’s time with the Panthers they were middle of the pack offensively most years. The 2015 Super Bowl team, though, led the league in points scored.
When the Panthers fired Shula last month, 94 percent of Carolina fans who voted in a ‘Cat Scratch Reader’ poll agreed with the decision.
Shula, obviously, was not the first choice of Giants coach Pat Shurmur. By all accounts, he wanted Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, but Minnesota blocked the Giants from interviewing him.
Shula, 52, called plays in Carolina for the past five seasons. He won’t do that with the Giants, where Shurmur has already said he will handle that role, but will nonetheless fill a key role on Shurmur’s Giants’ coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator — Mike Shula
Quarterbacks — Mike Shula
Running backs — Craig Johnson
Tight ends — Lunda Wells
Wide receivers — Tyke Tolbert
Offensive line — Hal Hunter
Assistant offensive line — Ben Wilkerson
Offensive assistant — Ryan Roeder
Defensive coordinator — James Bettcher
Defensive line — Gary Emanuel
Linebackers — Bill McGovern
Defensive backs — Lou Anarumo
Assistant defensive backs — Deshea Townsend
Special teams coordinator — Thomas McGaughey
Assistant special teams — Anthony Blevins