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January 17, 2013

Panthers down to 3 for OC job -- Shula, Shurmur, Jackson

The Panthers will decide among three candidates to fill their offensive coordinator's role – each a former head coach.

Panthers quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, former Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur and ex-Oakland coach Hue Jackson are the three finalists, a source with knowledge of the search told the Observer on Thursday.

The Panthers had considered bringing in other candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski, who bolted for Cleveland last week to become the Browns' coach. Former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was mentioned as a possible target.

Instead, the Panthers decided to interview the two external candidates and Shula, the former Alabama coach who has drawn praise for his work with Cam Newton. Shula met with coach Ron Rivera and new general manager Dave Gettleman on Wednesday, according to the source.

Promoting Shula would allow the Panthers to make the most seamless transition. The Panthers want to run an offense similar to the one employed by Chudzinski, who combined a downfield passing attack with a zone-read package to take advantage of Newton's running ability.

But Shula's four-year stint as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator from 1996-99 was unimpressive. With Trent Dilfer at quarterback, the Buccaneers ranked among the league's worst offenses during that span.

Shurmur, who was fired after going 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns, worked with Rivera for five years on Andy Reid's Eagles staff. Shurmur would have to scrap or significantly change his West Coast offense if hired in Charlotte.

Jackson, currently an assistant coach in Cincinnati, ran a multiple offense when he was the Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2010 and head coach the following season.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

Comments

Please let it be Hue Jackson!

Posted by: Jason | Jan 17, 2013 12:16:00 PM

If its Shula I'll puke!

Posted by: MRM | Jan 17, 2013 12:21:37 PM

Crikey, why can't they interview any GOOD prospects??

Posted by: Go Kats! | Jan 17, 2013 12:27:35 PM

Why do we think that Shula will run the same offense that Chud did? I just don't understand that logic - he wasn't a "Chud" guy when he got here; he was a QB guy. Now we think he'll just run the same offense that could supposedly have only come from some wunderkind coordinator? The logic is baffling. Shula has a track record - it's not good, and I'm sure his offense wasn't anything like Chud's.

Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 17, 2013 12:43:10 PM

This is going to be a big blow to our offense....continuity of OC's is very important in an offense. Very few offenses (less the Peyton's and Brady's) can withstand the loss of a good OC. We need a seasoned, proven OC who has experience running read option style of offense as that is Cam's strength. Let's see how it all shakes out. I'm worried about our offense!

Posted by: hindu | Jan 17, 2013 12:46:08 PM

For our new OC, I'd prefer an up-and-coming coach that's been with a WINNING team. Why do we keep getting ex-players and ex-coaches from the sh*t teams on the NFL? This is our chance to turn it around and it appears from this short list that management isn't too concerned with that...

Posted by: black bob | Jan 17, 2013 12:59:12 PM

HANDS DOWN I WANT HUE!!!

Posted by: HUGE AXEMAN | Jan 17, 2013 1:10:45 PM

I WANT HUE HANDS DOWN!!!!

Posted by: HUGE AXEMAN | Jan 17, 2013 1:11:42 PM

The carolina panthers should not hire used "treadmill coaches" who's coaching records is not at least 7 games above 500.
Seattle, Washington and now SF has shown the read option offense is the place to be. Please bring in an OC that will take advantage of Cam's offensive skills.

Posted by: razor ramon | Jan 17, 2013 1:12:51 PM

Hue is the best choice here. I think he is the best option available of all the assistants out there. Oakland was great on offense when he was OC and Coach. He played to his personnel, which is a plus to me.

Posted by: C-Boss | Jan 17, 2013 1:24:18 PM

Hue is not proven, if i had a gun to my head of the three i would choose Shula. Our offense needs to be create, Norv would have been my choice, but there are others out there looking to be moved up the ranks. Remember, the current OC's don't want a later move to another team to be OC....they want to be promoted to OC so if we are looking then we will have to chase a QB's coach!

Posted by: hindu | Jan 17, 2013 1:30:01 PM

I gotta say, I'm not really excited about any of these candidates...

Posted by: JM | Jan 17, 2013 1:32:36 PM

Why not take a look at Mike Mularky. I don't think he was really given a good shake in JAX and before that, he was a good enough OC in Atlanta to be hired as a Head Coach ... besides, he would no how to attack Atlanta the best. A team we have to play twice a year ...

Posted by: DB | Jan 17, 2013 1:53:07 PM

SHULA is best for the team....the offense won't change...they'll just add more running the ball. I thik it will be Shula and thats a good thing.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 17, 2013 2:02:43 PM

As an Alabama grad and a rival NFC South team's fan, by all means, Panthers, PLEASE hire Mike Shula as offensive coordinator. If creativity is what you want, it ain't gonna come from Shula. After all, he did SUCH a bang up job in Tampa Bay that Dungy had to fire him. However, Shula is extremely stubborn, even when faced with the fact that what he was doing didn't work yet continued doing it anyway. Thanks for giving me a good laugh today.

Posted by: CB | Jan 17, 2013 2:28:26 PM

I watched several of the Shula coached Alabama games and they didn't look good. Has he changed? Who knows!

Posted by: Nicky6 | Jan 17, 2013 2:36:54 PM

Hue please

Posted by: Mike | Jan 17, 2013 2:39:44 PM

HUE JACKSON WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP MANAGE THE CLOCK,AND WE NEED TO STOP TAKING TIME OUTS,WHEN THERE NOT NEEDED. TO HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM,YOU MUST CONTROL THE RUN GAME FIRST.WE HAVE TO GET A BIG TE THAT CAN RUN,LIKE KING WAS. BRYANT IS OUR LONGBALL &RED ZONE. PROTECT THE OUARTERBACK, NT NUMBER ONE IN DRAFT. IF NOT HUE,ARIZONAS EX

Posted by: BILL | Jan 17, 2013 2:47:25 PM

So, aside from the finish down the stretch, one of the big reasons behind keeping Rivera was continuity for Cam, and now that continuity might be disrupted. As such we may either have a lame duck coach like we did in 2010 if nothing improves, or, a significantly changed offense, for better or worse. Maybe Jerry should have waited for the GM to make the call on the HC after all.

As if Gettleman didnt have enough on his hands cleaning up Hurney's freewheeling spending.

Posted by: manu4t | Jan 17, 2013 2:56:32 PM

DB, Yes! Mularky knows how to run the ball and showed some creativity when he was with the Steelers (using Hines Ward and Randel-El.)

Posted by: Woodysc | Jan 17, 2013 2:57:41 PM

How about the back up QB Anderson as the OC he knows the system

Posted by: Special K | Jan 17, 2013 3:07:14 PM

Hue is the better choice! Just from the article Im unimpressed with anything Shurmur and Shula have done! The article failed to mention Jackson's accomplishments with the Raiders having a top 10 offense when he was coach there. Never shouldve been fired as HC!!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jan 17, 2013 3:09:25 PM

GLEN DORSEY FROM KANSAS CITY DE ,if we could get cheap or trade, CLAUSON would be great.HUE JACKSON IS BEST OC

Posted by: BILL | Jan 17, 2013 3:25:54 PM

Shula is the only choice! It's all about Cam!

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 17, 2013 3:45:32 PM

I LOVE LAMP!!!!

Posted by: Greg | Jan 17, 2013 4:08:45 PM

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