New York Giants hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator

New York Giants hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator

Pat Shurmur finally rounded out his coaching staff on Tuesday by hiring Mike Shula as the Giants' new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, a source confirmed to the Daily News. Shurmur, just fired as head coach of the Browns, interviewed for that job which eventually went to Shula, who had been the Panthers' quarterbacks coach the previous two seasons. Shula was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after Gettleman was hired as the Panthers' general manager in 2013. New Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey was also in Carolina with Gettleman. Shula's background gave Shurmur that assurance.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning endured a hard season in which he saw his 210-game consecutive start streak halted. But he has never juggled both roles at the same time. After that he worked for three years as a quarterbacks coach for the Jaguars before landing with the Panthers. He's been available since he was sacked by the Panthers after their wild-card loss to the Saints in early January. Shula was the Panthers' offensive coordinator for five seasons.

Newton was not the first quarterback to earn his best numbers under Shula.

Under Shula's watch, Carolina's offense failed to find its rhythm this past season after leading the league in scoring in 2015.

In New York, Shula will look to upgrade the Giants' ground game which has been among the least effective in the league for the past few years.

Shula, whose father is the legendary former Colts and Dolphins coach Don Shula, and Shumur have not previously worked together. The 88-year-old was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

With an offensive minded staff put in place, starting with their head coach, the Giants have some tough sledding ahead of them. He played quarterback at Alabama and was the head coach there from 2003-06. In four seasons at the helm in Tuscaloosa, Shula tallied a 26-23 record, though 16 of those wins were later vacated due to NCAA violations involving free textbooks. Shula was replaced by Nick Saban, who has won five national championships at Alabama.

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