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Mike Shula says he would have interviewed for coaching jobs

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On Black Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula “won’t interview [for head-coaching jobs] while his team is playing.” Now that all seven vacancies have been filled, Shula says that wasn’t true. (Unless, I suppose, the report was literal.)

“All I said was I’m focused on the playoffs,” Shula tells FOX Sports. “The other quote was if it did happen, if I was approached, I’d have to consider that at the time. Those were my only quotes.”

In hindsight, Shula should have said something at the time Rapoport reported that Shula wasn’t interested in interviewing. Or Shula’s agent should have said something. But there’s one small problem with that.

“Somebody said I had an agent out there talking, too,” Shula said. “I don’t have an agent. I have a friend that helps me, but he definitely wasn’t that person. . . . I don’t know where that [report] came from.”

It apparently came from an agent who represents one or more coaches other than Shula. An agent who was hoping that, as the phone started ringing for coaching interviews, teams would respect Shula’s wishes. Even if those weren’t his wishes.

Perhaps the message to Shula is this: Hire an agent. If agents representing other coaches are going to say things aimed at helping those coaches and hurting Shula, Shula needs an agent who can push back.

Otherwise, Shula will continue to be the offensive coordinator of the Panthers until he retires or is fired. At some point before then, the window of opportunity for Shula to become an NFL head coach will slam shut.

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49 Responses to “Mike Shula says he would have interviewed for coaching jobs”
  1. peopletrains says: Jan 20, 2016 10:49 AM

    Hear that Tennessee?

  2. jwcarlson says: Jan 20, 2016 10:49 AM

    Is there a reason they can’t freeze all of that until after the SB? I have never quite understood why teams are expected to allow their coordinators to be flown all over and wined and dined during playoff preparation.

  3. 65impala says: Jan 20, 2016 10:53 AM

    He would have been my pick for the EAGLES job, just sayin

  4. jag1959 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:53 AM

    Surprised he wasn’t negotiating on the sly like his old man guess the old fraud didn’t teach him everything. If he could get away with cheating on the scale the old man did losing franchises would beat a path to his door.

  5. realdealsteel says: Jan 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    Nobody wanted your @ss Mike. Take the hint.

  6. rhamrhoddy says: Jan 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    Great year for Mike Shula.

    Thumbs Up if you think his old man sipped the champagne after Carolina finally lost their first game this year and Thumbs Down if you think he kept it classy.

  7. username says: Jan 20, 2016 10:58 AM

    Sounds a little salty.

  8. Pocari Sweat says: Jan 20, 2016 10:59 AM

    Don’t you get it?

    Rapaport makes stuff up!

    He makes stuff up!

  9. wrlegrand says: Jan 20, 2016 11:08 AM

    Basically, this guy took a collection of receivers and a very good TE and QB and turned that into the top scoring offense in the NFL. No matter what you think about the Panthers or Cam Newton, Shula deserves high praise.

  10. spiffybiff says: Jan 20, 2016 11:09 AM

    The nfl is almost laughable in how it finds its coaching candidates. What in his head coaching experience makes you think he will be a success?

  11. alonestartexan says: Jan 20, 2016 11:11 AM

    Peopletrains, the Titans were bringing back Mularkey regardless. The owner likes him and even passed on some GM’s that refused to retain him.

  12. bigtimebrownie says: Jan 20, 2016 11:16 AM

    My phone never rang either. Weird.

  13. patriottony says: Jan 20, 2016 11:18 AM

    There are rules for a REASON: Twice it happened to NE,,,once the night before the AFC championship game the Patriots H/C accepted another job (Univ of Colorado) (Chuck Fairbanks)
    The second time was Bill Parcells accepting the job as H/C of the Jets,,the night before the SUPERBOWL,,in fact he never even came back with the team after the Game but went straight to NY….

  14. scjohnny says: Jan 20, 2016 11:18 AM

    The one guy is really after Don Shula,what did he ever do to you but maybe beat your teams rear end …One of the most winning & respected coaches of all time.

  15. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 20, 2016 11:25 AM

    Wonder how much his brother David’s brutal head coaching record affects owner’s perception…

  16. pwb44 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:27 AM

    Jimmy Sexton has been able to get members of the media to believe that Doug Marrone was the hot coaching candidate two years in a row.

    Can you imagine what Sexton could do with Mike Shula?

  17. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:32 AM

    I think it’s reprehensible for coaches to interview during their current employers playoff run. It shows an obvious lack of focus, not to mention disloyalty in a period where team chemistry and solidarity are of utmost importance.

  18. illnagas says: Jan 20, 2016 11:42 AM

    Cleveland getting on phone with Don Shula as we speak…

  19. savethebs says: Jan 20, 2016 11:46 AM

    I actually do think the NFL should ban teams from interviewing & hiring coaches until after the SB. Why should a coach on a playoff team be at a disadvantage to a coach on a non-playoff team?

  20. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 20, 2016 11:48 AM

    The Panthers have played well this season. Especially on Defense. Cam Newton is really responsible for Shula’s rise this year. And if Shula can keep Cam at that high level for another year, then Shula’s phone will be ringing off the hook when next year is over. If the Packers miss the playoffs next year, they will be looking for a new coach. The Jaguars will probably be looking for a new coach. The Browns could be looking for another coach. If the Colts miss the playoffs then they’ll be looking for a new coach. The Rams should be looking for a new coach, but Fisher must have some dirt on someone. I’d be surprised if Kansas City’s Andy Reid isn’t on the hot seat this year after the historically bad clock mismanagement in the playoffs.

  21. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 20, 2016 11:50 AM

    Otherwise, Shula will continue to be the offensive coordinator of the Panthers until he retires or is fired. At some point before then, the window of opportunity for Shula to become an NFL head coach will slam shut.
    ——————————————————–
    I love this.

    The man could very well be the Super Bowl winning OC in a couple of weeks, and you people act like his window is closing.

    Cam Newton wins a SB with Shula’s offense, and next year the phone is ringing off the hook!

  22. a1b24312 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:54 AM

    ummmm, Miami?

  23. bamaboy3023 says: Jan 20, 2016 11:55 AM

    Lol seriously who would hire him to be their Head Coach.

  24. phluffyclouds says: Jan 20, 2016 11:59 AM

    Good. Keep Shula in Carolina! Look at our offense this season….

    Plus McDermott too! I’ll take it!

    Keep Pounding Panther Nation!!!!!!

  25. jgedgar70 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:06 PM

    Maybe Shula thinks (along with a lot of other people, me included) that he’s great as an OC but not much of a head coach. Maybe he really did only want to focus on the Panthers next opponent. And maybe Rappaport made stuff up out of thin air. Maybe this unnamed agent made stuff up out of thin air.

    Bottom line, we’ll never know. And I agree with others that if we win the whole thing, and are a contender again next year, both our coordinators will be #1 on every GMs wish list that needs a new coach.

  26. dryzzt23 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    What Florio fails to mention is that labor laws would affect the “freeze” on hiring coaches, especially if they have union representation b/c the NLRB will ALWAYS rule in favor of the union. ESPECIALLY with the current “president” in power.

    Anyway, if there was a “freeze”, the media and out of work coaches would all cry that the owners are “colluding”. Then the out of work coaches would sue and they would win. THAT is why there is nothing the NFL can do.

  27. mach2plus says: Jan 20, 2016 12:32 PM

    Honestly, Ian Rappoport is the most outside insider I’ve ever seen. Does this guy get anything right?

  28. wasabiradish says: Jan 20, 2016 12:37 PM

    Rapoport is a hack; his reporting is seriously flawed. He writes more like a Hollywood gossip columnist than a sports writer. You can’t believe a thing he says.

  29. tonebones says: Jan 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    I’ve never coached in my life, but I could be Tom Brady’s offensive coordinator for one year and my phone would be ringing off the hook. I’d get a head coaching job, then I’d get fired in a couple years, unless I get lucky and go to a team with another great QB. You can replace Brady’s name with Montana, Rodgers, or Manning, and it would be the same deal. The owners aren’t really as dumb as they seem. They’re making tons of money whether they win or lose. There’s really no financial incentive for an owner to try to win. I think Mike Shula is a great coach. But the winning and losing has very little to do with coaching. Three of the 4 QBs that are still playing were the number one overall pick in the draft, and the 4th one is Tom Brady.

  30. nouhoh64 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    His dad makes good steaks.

  31. mikes1373 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:51 PM

    Alabama fan here. He is a GREAT OC. Terrible, repeat TERRIBLE HC. Trust me. You don’t want him. Plus, he is extremely weird.

  32. crindal3000 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:03 PM

    cam newton and a great defense make that offense look better than the play calling really is

  33. scjohnny says: Jan 20, 2016 1:05 PM

    mike he had a winning record with a putrid bama team back then,they didnt have professional players llike they do now,not sure how saban pulls it off but they are more loaded than alot of pro teams these days,if Mike had that talent he’d win like hes doing now,whats so weird about him maybe its not him

  34. keeppounding says: Jan 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    Oh no we get to keep the coordinator of the highest scoring offense of 2015 for one more year that would be terrible said no one ever

  35. mrtullymars says: Jan 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    “In hindsight, Shula should have said something at the time Rapoport reported that Shula wasn’t interested in interviewing.”

    OR… Ian Rapoport could stop making up garbage to fill up his twitter feed. That guy is the worst. I honestly think he just sits on his couch and thinks up rumors to report from “sources.”

    If you notice, he always tries to drop a big bomb on Thursday. That dude is an idiot.

  36. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 20, 2016 1:16 PM

    His this something like Rodger’s saying he would have called tails if he had the chance?

  37. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 20, 2016 1:19 PM

    mrtullymars says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    If you notice, he always tries to drop a big bomb on Thursday. That dude is an idiot.
    —————
    One minor problem with that theory.

    Today is Wednesday !

    DOH !

  38. baldbuc says: Jan 20, 2016 1:51 PM

    Wonder how much his brother David’s brutal head coaching record affects owner’s perception…
    ____________

    Not sure but it affected my perception until I saw this post. I was thinking Mike was the one that coached the Bengals and was wondering out loud why anyone would want him. Since Mike is not David maybe he will get his change.

    We have seen with Rex and Rob Ryan that one brother can be competent while the other one totally sucks.

  39. colt13 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:51 PM

    Since my signature name is colt13, I will admit that I was a Colts fan during the Bert Jones era. The hate is because daddy Shula was never fired by the Colts, but sued to get out of his contract and jump to the Dolphins. Ironically, the Colts won the Super Bowl the next year, then Shula and the Dolphins went to the next 3, the middle one being the perfect season.

  40. knockknockwhosthereowen says: Jan 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    Shula missed his window this year to become a head coach? He’s going to end up being the OC for the Panthers again?

    That is some good news.
    – Ron Burgandy

  41. mikeyhigs says: Jan 20, 2016 2:17 PM

    “An agent who was hoping that, as the phone started ringing for coaching interviews, teams would respect Shula’s wishes. ”

    I highly doubt that if a team was genuinely interested in Shula, they would just listen to the internet reports as opposed to picking up the phone or dropping an email.

  42. cliffclavin2015 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:25 PM

    That’s why the Bengals were gracious to allow Cleveland and the 49ers to interview him at Paul Brown Stadium’s. They cane to him so he could stayed focused on getting his squad ready. Too bad it didn’t work out.

  43. squinn21 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:29 PM

    Mike Shula > Adam Gase

  44. contender21open says: Jan 20, 2016 3:03 PM

    Mike Shula says he would have interviewed for coaching jobs

    ==============================

    And we got Adam Gase!

    -Disappointed Phin Phan

  45. billsfan1 says: Jan 20, 2016 3:38 PM

    He would have been my pick for the EAGLES job, just sayin

    you know he cant take Newton right?

  46. somethinghappeninghere says: Jan 20, 2016 3:43 PM

    Didn’t something controversial happen regarding Mike Shula when he coached Alabama? Just like didn’t something controversial happen that allowed Don Shula to go to Miami in 1970? Yeah I know the rest is history, but still…typical Dolphins fans…right: think Adam Gase can’t do squat with his new team and QB and blame everyone there since Mike Shula claimed he would not interview before Panthers were out of playoffs, just because his name is Shula. Yep, typical Dolphins fans, who won’t be happy until they win four Super Bowls in a row and go undefeated again.

    Stop your danged whining! Joe “throw Tannehill under a bus” Philbin could still be your head coach!

  47. conormacleod says: Jan 20, 2016 3:58 PM

    Shula to the Packers starting this season. McCarthy simply isn’t getting the job done.

  48. icebowler says: Jan 20, 2016 4:26 PM

    I think that he realizises that he has a really good chance to get a ring with the Panthers in the next few years. If he wanted a HC job now, before getting a ring, he would have hired an agent to push that agenda. I believe his “window of opportunity” will remain open for quite some time.

  49. nashvilleseahawk says: Jan 20, 2016 5:08 PM

    I wouldn’t believe it if Ian Rappaport said that water was wet or the sky was blue. Just another lie because he has no credibility and is the worst kind of a hack “journalist”.

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