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Mike Shula interviews for Panthers OC job


The Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their offensive coordinator job, as they try to replace new Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski.

According to the Associated Press, Shula interviewed Wednesday, after the team already interviewed Bengals assistant Hue Jackson and fired Browns head coach Pat Shurmur.

Shula’s only other stint as a coordinator didn’t go well, as his late-90s Buccaneers were perpetually near the bottom of the league.

Shurmur seems like an odd pairing as well, having always run a West Coast offense that’s a 180 from what the Panthers have been running. Whether than sends them Jackson’s way, or they try to interview someone such as Ken Whisenhunt, finding the right fit is crucial.

Head coach Ron Rivera’s in a win-or-else year with the Panthers, but the progression of quarterback Cam Newton is more important to the direction of the franchise than any individual coach they might hire, so they need to get this one right.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m. ET: According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, they won’t interview any more candidates, and the job will go to one of the group of Jackson, Shurmur or Shula.

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16 Responses to “Mike Shula interviews for Panthers OC job”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 17, 2013 11:18 AM

    Does it matter? Odds are they’ll be clearing house of all coaches next offseason.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    Wish I was related to somebody famous.

  3. stevemo says: Jan 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    I’m rooting for Mike. Would be nice to see Don Shula’s son have success in this league. Would have been cool if Shula was the one to bring Bama to dominance too.

  4. dionoil says: Jan 17, 2013 11:28 AM

    Give Tom Moore an interview at least.

  5. mazblast says: Jan 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    One thing we’ve learned over the years is that coaching and talent evaluation ability is not hereditary. Examples–Paul and Mike Brown, Don and Dave/Mike Shula, etc.

  6. derrickbrooks4president says: Jan 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    You have to be kidding!

  7. wfederal says: Jan 17, 2013 11:40 AM

    Hire Hue Jackson and let’s move on. He is clearly the best fit. Shula has proven to be a disappointment and the thought of Shurmur should make anyone laugh. He runs a west coast offense and we aren’t equipped for that nor will we allow him to run it so what’s the point? Bring in someone who is a failure and let him fail again? What are we waiting for?

  8. screbels89 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:56 AM

    raiders fan in SC here so I follow the Panthers also. Hue is an outstanding offensive coach. He was great with the Raiders but got power hungry and had to be let go by new GM Reggie McKenzie. He got more out of D-mac than anyone else has. Raiders were top 10 in rushing both his years there.

  9. rhinojr says: Jan 17, 2013 12:07 PM

    Is it me or does it seem like the Panthers are in Jo hurry to do anything? With Rivera’s shaky status, I don’t see many Guys lining up for this job regardless of Cam.

  10. northshorejag says: Jan 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    I think Shula was the QB coach in Jax during the Leftwich era. good luck

  11. spicymudbugs says: Jan 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    Shula would prob be the only candidate who would sign a one year contract.

  12. MichaelEdits says: Jan 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    I’m in Charlotte now, but I was in Tampa during the Mike Shula years. Please, Panthers, don’t hire him.

  13. wkheathjr says: Jan 17, 2013 1:41 PM

    I agree with most of comment above. What’s sad is that Panther’s fans know football more than Richardson and his running partner. It is pretty clear the Panthers won’t make play-off and I truly believe that Rivera will be gone so they didn’t get it right before searching for GM. Looking for OC is simply a waste of time to start with and that’s a year wasted on Panthers’ players. So sad!

  14. tarheelpirate says: Jan 17, 2013 1:51 PM

    NOOOO! Not Shula.

  15. Deb says: Jan 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    As a Bama fan who could barely speak our former HC Mike Shula’s name for years, I’ve finally reached the point where I can wish him well. Amazing are the healing powers of three titles in four years, courtesy of his successor. Having said that, though … Mike’s a great QB coach, but don’t know that I’d promote him above that level. He has a short attention span when it comes to other coaching details.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    Panthers will be a train wreck next season. A disaster that we will not be able to take our eyes off.

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