Giants to name Shula offensive coordinator

Giants to name Shula offensive coordinator

Shula worked with new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during their time with the Panthers. An official announcement from the team is expected later on Tuesday.

With head coach Pat Shurmur handling the play-calling for the Giants in 2018, Shula will be able to oversee the offense as coordinator and focus on the quarterbacks room at the same time.

Rivera received a contract extension last month on the same day that the Panthers fired Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

The Shula hire was first reported by NFL Network.


Shula has been a quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins (2000-02), Jaguars (2007-10) and Panthers (2011-12). And it is of course a coach's job to build a team around the personnel he has, so McAdoo's and Jerry Reese's judgment that the problem was Manning - and not the offensive line - ultimately led to their firings on December 4.

Under Shula's watch, Carolina's offense failed to find its rhythm this past season after leading the league in scoring in 2015. Those four years away from the National Football League were spent as the head coach of Alabama from 2003-2006. The 52-year-old Shula has been in coaching for 30 years, most recently serving as the Panthers' offensive coordinator. His 64.0 percent completion rate also set a team record, which Garrard would break three years later (64.5).

Nick Foles, the Eagles' Super Bowl MVP, isn't a tuck-and-run player, but his elusiveness in the pocket is a major reason Philly won it all, including on what I felt was the play of the game: Foles danced away from pressure and threw on-target, off-balance, to tight end Zach Ertz for a two-yard gain on 4th-and-1 from the Eagles' own 45-yard line with under five minutes left and New England up, 33-32. Though the team finished 8th in the final Associated Press rankings, Shula was let go after a disappointing 6-6 campaign in 2006. He had been the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

That plan fell by the wayside when the Vikings, after hiring Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as Shurmur's successor, denied the Giants permission to interview Stefanski, essentially stonewalling their process and forcing an audible. The staff includes four holdovers from the Ben McAdoo era, including running backs coach Craig Johnson, linebackers coach Bill McGovern, and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder. This is Shumur's offense, with input from his offensive assistants.

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