Giants, Pat Shurmur will be just fine with Mike Shula as offensive coordinator

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

The impending hire of Mike Shula as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants has been met with mixed reviews. He's a coach who had some success molding Cam Newton in Carolina and taking the Panthers to the Super Bowl just three years ago. He's also considered to lack innovation in the passing game (not exactly encouraging for Odell Beckham Jr.) and overall offensively.

"They are passing game structurally this year was very, very basic. Very basic," ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said after Shula was fired by the Panthers.

This is the good and bad of the other Shula, the son of Don Shula, the legendary Miami Dolphins head coach. Mike Shula managed to struggle as the coach at the University of Alabama but resurrected his career by molding quarterbacks with the Jaguars and Panthers.

Shula is now Pat Shurmur's offensive caddie. He will help with doing the legwork and putting together the weekly call sheet and game plan and whatever else comes in the job descriptions of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

But make no mistake, this will not be Shula's offense. It would not have been Kevin Stefanski's either, even if the Minnesota Vikings had not blocked that hire. This is Shumur's offense, with input from his offensive assistants.

Shurmur plans to call plays.

Giants fans and Beckham should not panic or look too closely at what they saw from Shula in Carolina (run, run, throw to the tight end). What is on the field next season at MetLife Stadium is much more likely to resemble what they saw from Shurmur and the Minnesota Vikings last season than from Shula and the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants hired Shurmur for more than just his ability to act as an "adult," which general manager Dave Gettleman has stressed on more than one occasion. He was hired because of his offensive mind, and his ability to innovate and evolve schematically over the years after working under a variety of coaches.


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