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Mike Shula likes seeing what Cam does when plays break down

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In most cases, NFL offensive coordinators want to see the plays they call run exactly the way they’re drawn up. Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula is different.

Shula said that after watching a play he called break down on Monday night — only to have quarterback Cam Newton make it work by evading half the Patriots’ defense while running for 17 yards — he was perfectly happy to say that Newton can make things work even if the play Shula calls doesn’t work.

“You kind of shake your head because it’s nothing you did as a play caller and you’re just happy he’s on your side doing it,” Shula told the Charlotte Observer.

There aren’t many offensive coordinators who are happy when their plays break down, but there aren’t many offensive coordinators who coach a quarterback as talented as the one Shula coaches. Newton can do things with the ball in his hands that we’re not accustomed to seeing quarterbacks do, so it’s not surprising that Shula says things about his offense that we’re not accustomed to hearing coordinators say.

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9 Responses to “Mike Shula likes seeing what Cam does when plays break down”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 22, 2013 10:01 AM

    2-8 Buffalo = 29th ranked PASS Defense

    2-8 Tampa Bay = 18th ranked PASS Defense

    2-9 Atlanta = 23rd ranked PASS Defense

    4-6 St. Louis = 14th ranked PASS Defense

    4-7 Buffalo = 22nd ranked PASS Defense

    4-6 NY Giants = 15th ranked PASS Defense

    6-4 Arizona = 20th ranked PASS Defense

  2. whysomanylosers says: Nov 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Gee, a Mike Shula play that did not work…

    Shula is lucky to have the offensive weapons he has to make up for his lack of coordinator skills.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    That first Buffalo… the one that says 2-8 (29th ranked PASS Defense) is actually Atlanta.

    COPY/PASTE

    NO EDIT FUNCTION.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 22, 2013 10:13 AM

    ACCURATE UPDATE

    2-9 Atlanta = 23rd ranked PASS Defense

    2-8 Minnesota = 29th ranked PASS Defense

    2-8 Tampa Bay = 18th ranked PASS Defense

    4-6 St. Louis = 14th ranked PASS Defense

    4-7 Buffalo = 22nd ranked PASS Defense

    4-6 NY Giants = 15th ranked PASS Defense

    6-4 Arizona = 20th ranked PASS Defense

    THIS IS CORRECT.

  5. fafafuey says: Nov 22, 2013 10:42 AM

    7-3

  6. pilot2011 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    looks like someone has a liiiitle too much time on his hands.

    get a life pal. or a job. or whatever comes first.

    keep pounding

  7. aceboogie1 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    The Cam Newton hate his so pathetic at this point people. And you don’t even post all the teams we’ve beaten, or even played. Let alone viable stats.

    As of Week 11, here’s the breakdown:

    Week 1: Seattle #2
    Week 2: Buffalo #11
    Week 3: NYG #15
    Week 4: Arizona #20
    Week 6: Minnesota #29
    Week 7: St. Louis #14
    Week 8: Tampa Bay #18
    Week 9: Atlanta #23
    Week 10: San Francisco #10
    Week 11: New England #12

    Average ranking = 15.4

    Middle of the road.

    Cam has been killing it, and it’s been a beautiful to watch.

    Panthers gotta take care of Miami this week. They’re a good team and no push over that’s for sure. I have faith we will be prepared and ready for a dog fight. This Panthers team is physical and that’s the type of game Miami likes to play too. If our OLine can keep Cam out of trouble we’ll win 24-16

  8. amarsh12 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    a 6 game win streak in the NFL is a 6 game win streak….you also fail to mention two wins against the 49ers and a better than advertised new england secondary…..you can’t trash Cam Newton anymore….the excuses for his superior ability are running out folks

  9. pilot2011 says: Nov 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    New England and San Fran were both coming of byes.

    49ers dont lose at home… they did

    Belichich hasn’t lost a game after a bye in a decade… he did

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