Giants hiring Mike Shula as offensive coordinator

AP

The Giants have looked to General Manager Dave Gettleman’s last stop to fill a key position on head coach Pat Shurmur’s coaching staff.

Kimberly Jones of NFL Media reports that the Giants will hire Mike Shula as their offensive coordinator. An official announcement from the team is expected later on Tuesday. Jones’ colleague Ian Rapoport reports that Shula is expected to coach the quarterbacks as well.

Shula was fired after the end of the 2017 regular season after five years coordinating the offense in Carolina. Gettleman was the General Manager of the Panthers for the first four of those seasons before being relieved of his duties last July.

Shula’s final offense in Carolina did well running the ball, but the team’s results through the air were underwhelming. The Giants can certainly use help on the ground, although Shurmur is expected to call the offensive plays.

The Giants had reportedly been interested in hiring Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski as their coordinator, but the Vikings blocked him from making a move. There had also been talk about Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley joining the staff, but he may be in line for a promotion to offensive coordinator in Philadelphia after Frank Reich left to become the Colts head coach.

58 responses to “Giants hiring Mike Shula as offensive coordinator

  1. I’ll take the wait and see approach but I can’t help but think that two reasons for the air attack in Carolina being weak was because of Cam and then a lack of quality receivers. Mike Shula seemed to run a quick-hitting offense and should be able to implement some key plays with the Giants personnel.

  2. They can draft Barkley from Penn but that O-line is terrible. People think you draft Barkley and your good but if that line isn’t opening up any holes it’s not going to make a difference who is back there. Plus that statue Eli Manning won’t be helping much. Get a QB or fix the line before you go with a RB. Giant fans won’t want to hear that cuz Barkley is the flashy pick but Eli is pretty much done.

  3. This team is more than a few pieces away from being competitive. Time to start over. Step 1: find someone who is actually willing to tell OBJ to keep his mouth shut this year.

  4. Erm…the Panthers rushing game was middling at best once you remove Cam from the stats. When you design an offense where the QB is your best rushing threat you don’t have a great rushing offense. Shula will implement a very creative offense that will look to have OBJ getting deep shots downfield, but it’s likely best he won’t be calling the plays on Sunday

  5. Shurmer is actually the OC.
    All Shula has to do is help implement Shurmur’s game plan and be a position coach.
    They didn’t need anyone on the cutting edge of an offensive mind.

  6. Panthers running attack was awful last year. There were a few outlier games where the team picked up a ton of yards, but that was more so missed assignments and poor tackling on a few carries. Newton led the team rushing (Eli won’t) and their running backs had paltry averages. Can’t believe this hack got another job.

  7. Being that Shurmer will actually be running the offense (which means Shula is more like an assistant HC) Im not overly upset with the move. The Giants got put in a tough spot and hired a known name. If the Giants offense is horrible again this year it wont be because they hired Shula.

  8. I love how people are reacting as if Eli is now going to be transformed into a read option QB.

    Salty Panthers fans should point some of that blame at your non-concussed QB and front office for drafting McCaffery instead of Kamara.

  9. Fans always like to weigh in on coaches as if they know something. Quick … name the top up-and-coming assistants for next year?

  10. UGH! We couldn’t find anyone better? Give a young position coach a chance? Time to move on from failed coaches instead of rehiring after rehiring.

  11. Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    February 13, 2018 at 11:24 am
    I’m gonna love watching Eli Manning run up the middle on an option play. Again and again and again. And watching OBJ block for a running back.
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    ^^ Perfect example of why even in a fan’s best day, he could not sniff the abilities of an NFL coach/coordinator/assistant/ballboy. In my best Dr. Evil voice, Right………..

  12. Offensive line is indeed a mess. That needs to be fixed before anything else. But they also need a RB with oodles of talent. Free agency certainly way to put quality in at O line, with experience. Especially with Eli who can’t move like a spring chicken.

    RBs for Carolina – Stewart, 104 years old. McCafferty, a college RB but NFL more Edelman-ish. And Fozzy. So not sure what he was supposed to do with that.

  13. Shurmer is the OC. Besides, they had a headstrong QB in Carolina that needed to mature (if he has).

    Barkley won’t be there at #2. New intelligence in Cleveland. They will take him at 1. BPA, period.

    They can still have any QB they want unless someone trades up to the Giants and also the Colts . So at worst, the Browns end up with their 3rd choice at QB, at pick 4. And there is no consensus 1 through 6.

    So Rosen and Darold go 2 and 3 (through trades). Cleveland might still end up with the best Qb if they take Mayfield at 4 or wait until round 2. You never know. Their best option is to get a veteran and develop Kizer. Trade some picks this year for next year and use next years picks to move up for a QB (assuming they win some games this year) if Kizer does not develop. Throwing out a rookie to the wolves then leaving him to die is plain stupid.

    The Browns should get this right. Should is a strange word in Cleveland.

    Other thing is, this is Joe Thomas’ last year. They might trade him to a contender that is a LT away from thinking that’s all they need. I know he is the first son of Cleveland but it could be best thing for him but not the team. You can’t gauge the leadership and example he sets. But you don’t need to gauge it. It should be obvious. Keeping him is best for the team and nice guys the NFL are not. I don’t think ‘doing the right thing’ for JT is in the equation. Team game.

  14. An NFL coach is one of the best jobs out there. You can get fired by one team and immediately hired by another. Over and over and over again.

  15. “Exciting times for the East Rutherford Giants”

    And the Arlington Cowboys too I bet … and every other metropolitan team that can’t find the space to jam a huge stadium into their crowded city limits.

  16. “There never has been or never will be a runningback worth a #1 pick”

    Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown might just be three that could be an argument against that!

  17. weepingjebus says:
    February 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    Exciting times for the East Rutherford Giants.
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    Almost as exciting as seeing the Foxboro Patriots get beat last week.

  18. redlikethepig says:
    February 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    “Exciting times for the East Rutherford Giants”

    And the Arlington Cowboys too I bet … and every other metropolitan team that can’t find the space to jam a huge stadium into their crowded city limits.
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    At least Arlington is in Texas.

  19. gmen05 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Almost as exciting as seeing the Foxboro Patriots get beat last week.
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    At least Foxborough is in New England.

  20. The Giants are going to be ok. Shurmur is a decent coach ans while this Shula hire sounds dumb, he won’t be calling plays. As an Eagles fan I can’t help but to enjoy all the comments that I read about what the Cowboys and Giants are doing. I love that Dak is not even close to Carson, or that Garret is a stooge, or that Eli needs steroids to throw past 15 yards anymore. I would mention the Washington racist names but between that owner and this Alex Smith trade i think it’s clear they are the joke of the division. What a tire fire that team is. Next year will be hard as it always is in the East….. Unless your the Washington Racist Names, their fans deserve better but there is no hope there.

  21. Eli running the draw will look just like Cam Newton does when you watch the weekly highlights of the Panthers game on Inside the NFL, in slow motion.

  22. the same yr Mike Shula was made OC for the Panthers they Hired Dave Gettleman for GM he did nothing cut cut good players for Bad Free agents & bad draft picks honestly the only one he drafted worth bragging about is KK short so Gaints fans think about that when old Dave drafts a QB & WR with your 1st 2 picks so he can cut Eli & not resign Odell Beckham

  23. silvernblacksabbath says:
    February 13, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Giants will need to draft O-LINE!!!!!!!

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    YES WE DO!! But, NOT with the #2 Overall pick!!

  24. Irish Hoodlum says:
    February 13, 2018 at 11:45 am
    They can draft Barkley from Penn but that O-line is terrible. People think you draft Barkley and your good but if that line isn’t opening up any holes it’s not going to make a difference who is back there. Plus that statue Eli Manning won’t be helping much. Get a QB or fix the line before you go with a RB. Giant fans won’t want to hear that cuz Barkley is the flashy pick but Eli is pretty much done.
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    First and FOREMOST,saying that we need to fix the O-line is like saying Water is Wet!! Lol Our O-line CAN’T be fixed with just 1 player!!! PERIOD. That is what the 2nd or 3rd-6th rounds are for! Secondly, Barkley Could possibly be a “Generational” player, It is NEVER Wise to pass up Greatness for a “NEED”. A player with Barkleys skill set can make things Easier for the Entire Offense. And I have to disagree, A very talented RB can DEF make a O-Line more “Serviceable”. Which is why I was PISSED last season when we didnt Grab AP when he was on the Clearance Rack SMDH. So unless the Scouts have Fallen in Love with one of the QB’sand he’s available at #2 I’d prefer if we trade back or grab Barkley. Unless you know of this STUD CAN’T MISS LT that Im unaware of…….

  25. “and front office for drafting McCaffery instead of Kamara.”

    Kamara was drafted in the 3rd round. Blame all 32 front offices for passing on him in the first 2 rounds.

  26. gmen05 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Almost as exciting as seeing the Foxboro Patriots get beat last week.
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    At least Foxborough is in New England.

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    Foxborough to Boston = 30 miles
    East Rutherford to NYC = 13.2 miles

  27. redlikethepig says:
    February 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    “Exciting times for the East Rutherford Giants”

    And the Arlington Cowboys too I bet … and every other metropolitan team that can’t find the space to jam a huge stadium into their crowded city limits.
    ———————

    At least Arlington is in Texas

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    Arlington to Dallas = 20.5 miles
    East Rutherford to NYC = 13.2 miles

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