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January 20, 2011

Panthers interview Shula

    The Carolina Panthers interviewed a Gruden for a job last weekend, and now they’ve brought in another name with even more history.

    The Panthers have interviewed former Alabama head coach and NFL assistant Mike Shula for one of the vacancies on their offensive staff, according to league source.

    Shula’s father Don is the winningest coach in NFL history, but Mike could bring some valuable experience to an offensive staff that’s in need of some.

    Mike Shula’s been the quarterbacks coach in Jacksonville the past four seasons, but has also worked with tight ends and as a coordinator in his 23 seasons as a coach. Of that total, 19 years were as an NFL assistant, with four seasons as head coach of the Crimson Tide.

    The 45-year-old coach has spent his life around the game, born in Baltimore when his father was coaching the Colts, and growing up in Miami while his dad was leading the Dolphins to a pair of Super Bowl titles and the only perfect season in league history.

    He was Tony Dungy’s first offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay, and has also worked for the Dolphins and Chicago Bears in addition to his time with the Jaguars.

    Mike Shula was a three-year starter at quarterback at Alabama (going 32-15-1 from 1984 to 1986), and compiled a 26-23 record as their head coach before being fired after the 2006 season. He committed the unpardonable sin of not beating Auburn during his stint as head coach, but was only a year removed from a 10-2 season and a contract extension when he was fired.

    He then interviewed for the Miami Dolphins job which went to Cam Cameron, a job which new Panthers head coach Ron Rivera interviewed for as well.

    Perhaps hoping some family ties brought success, the Panthers interviewed Jay Gruden (younger brother of former Oakland and Tampa Bay coach Jon) for the offensive coordinator post given to Rob Chudzinski this week.

    The Panthers have yet to hire any coaches on the offensive side of the ball other than Chudzinski.

    The Baltimore Sun reported that the Panthers would interviewed just-fired Ravens offensive line coach John Matsko for the same job here. Matsko has 19 years in the NFL among his 37 years coaching, and was the line coach in St. Louis during the Rams record-breaking run under Dick Vermeil.

-- Darin Gantt





Posted by Observer Sports on January 20, 2011 at 06:55 AM | Permalink


Get over this slob Shula and in a hurry, please.

Posted by: DooWayne | Jan 20, 2011 8:29:30 AM

If he is coming in as a QB coach his true impact will be minimal. Especially if he has to work with that lump of Clausen. If Clausen was clay everything you made with him would turn out to be an ashtray.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jan 20, 2011 8:38:45 AM

You guys better hope clausen pans out meaning we can draft a wide reciever and defense stop hating he had no line and no wide recievers

Posted by: panther4life | Jan 20, 2011 9:55:59 AM

I'll give you the no offensive line, but Gettis, Smith, Lafell, Rosario, & King are a decent group of wideouts. Clausen just makes horrible decisions, he's not tall enough to see yet alone throw over the lineman, and he has zero pocket presence. They need to either draft Newton or get Young, Volek, McNabb or someone in free agency. THEY NEED A QB MORE THAN ANYTHING.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jan 20, 2011 12:26:57 PM

I hope our new coach and the to be quarterback coach will recognize that Tony Pike is better then any quarterback in the draft.please don't waste a number 1 pick on a quarterback.Tony has the arm , accuracy, can throw accurate in the pocket as well as outside the pocket and is a very bright kid. He has the height and speed and can make accurate throws outside the pocket........sometimes doesn't make smart decisions but that can be worked on. I also like his quick release and feel like he could be a great NFL quarterback with a little coaching. I was so excited when we drafted him last year and couldn't understand why we took Clausen first over Pike. For those who don't believe ....you need to look at some of his highlights from college and you will see he has the whole package needed to be a great NFL quarterback.He has also put on some weight since his college days which makes him even more attractive as an NFL quarterback.Please don't overlook his ability or the panthers may be regretting it in years to come.

Posted by: bobster | Jan 20, 2011 2:49:23 PM

I like pike over Clausen nut we still need to bring sumone in and trade Jimmy and get draft picks for him he is a bust !!!!!!!!

Posted by: AHicks | Jan 20, 2011 4:17:37 PM

There just has to be a reason Pike didn't get a chance as badly as we needed someone to step up.We had no one else .He must have looked terrible thru the week

Posted by: i BELIEVE | Jan 20, 2011 5:54:15 PM

I bet Pike did't get a chance because of a Fox!

Posted by: bobster | Jan 20, 2011 6:28:59 PM

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