Giants to name Shula offensive coordinator

What can the Giants expect from new offensive coordinator Mike Shula

What can the Giants expect from new offensive coordinator Mike Shula

It obvious Mike Shula was not the Giants first choice as their offensive coordinator, but if he's not calling the plays, it doesn't really matter.

Shula and Shurmur have not worked together in the past, but they were both candidates for the Panthers' offensive coordinator position in 2013. The Giants finished 26 in rushing yards last season, while their six rushing touchdowns was tied for 28.

Shurmur's staff finally appears to be complete after the search for an offensive coordinator took some twists and turns. He will still be managing the offense during the week and act as an important voice in the coaching staff's game plan.

Fired by the Carolina Panthers from his position as the NFL team's offensive coordinator on January 9, Mike Shula is returning to the league in the same position with the New York Giants.

Newsday's Tom Rock later reported that Shula, son of Don, the NFL's all-time winningest head coach with 347 victories, will also serve as the team's quarterbacks coach. Shula has all the experience including spending the last 5 years as the Offensive Coordinator in Carolina.

That pointed to Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, who worked under Shurmur in Minnesota and was a candidate to replace him as offensive coordinator. He also has been an offensive coordinator with the Buccaneers (1996-99) and Panthers (2013-17).

It was thought Shurmur might target another of his Eagles' connections, running backs coach Duce Staley.

Shula was sacked after the Panthers' 31-26 Wild Card round loss to the Saints this past season and despite being an offensive-minded coach, Gettleman never considered Shula as a potential head coaching candidate, instead interviewing Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. He had been the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

Shula was Alabama's starting quarterback during the 1984 through 1986 seasons, and he returned to coach the Crimson Tide from 2003 through 2006.

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