Giants to hire Mike Shula as OC

The New York Giants have reportedly tabbed Mike Shula as their new offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.

Shula, 52, spent the last five seasons as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator. He was fired in January after Carolina finished the 2017 season ranked 28th in passing and fourth in rushing.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired in January following a stint as the Vikings offensive coordinator, angled to interview Minnesota quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski to be his right-hand man.

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Shula previously worked with the Carolina Panthers beginning in 2011, taking over the offense two years later under then-general manager David Gettleman, who took the same position with the Giants earlier this offseason. He was also the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-1999.

Since 1988, Shula has spent all but four years working in the NFL under various titles with the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars to go with the Buccaneers and Panthers. Those four years away from the NFL were spent as the head coach of Alabama from 2003-2006.

With the Giants, Shula will not be responsible for calling the plays on the sidelines as that will be one of new head coach Pat Shurmur’s jobs. However, he will be the team’s quarterback coach as he’ll work alongside veteran Eli Manning, backup Davis Webb and possibly a top-tier rookie depending on who the Giants draft with the second-overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft.

Shula’s has long ties to the Giants general manager in Dave Gettleman; Shula was the Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach from 2011-2012 and then spent the last five seasons as the Panthers offensive coordinator.

Aside from being a long-time assistant coach and coordinator in the NFL, Shula was the head coach at the University of Alabama from 2003-2006. He went 26-23 in four seasons before being replaced by Nick Saban.

After Alabama, Shula returned to the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-2010 under Jack Del Rio before being hired in Carolina in 2011.

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