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February 01, 2013

Cam excited to keep working with Shula

NEW ORLEANS

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he was excited when Mike Shula was promoted to offensive coordinator, and credited Shula for his development over the second half of last season.

Like veteran wideout Steve Smith earlier this week, Newton said continuity was key after former coordinator Rob Chudzinski left to become Cleveland's coach last month.

“It was very important. I think that's what they tried to do as far as keep everything as simple as possible, keep everything around the genre that we've kind of been keeping things. It's going to be very exciting,” Newton said Friday.

“I've been talking to (Shula) and he's been giving me some ideas to think about. I think it's going to be a working process, but at the same time we're going to have fun and take it to higher heights.”

Newton said his relationship with Shula was “unbelievable” during Shula's two years as quarterbacks coach.

“I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he's been coaching me up to do. I don't think it's going to be any different,” Newton said. “I think he's going to coach me even harder, especially with his microphone as far as coaching has gotten a little bit higher. And guys are going to have to listen to him now.”

Newton was speaking after an appearance for Gatorade promoting the importance of nutrition.

Newton returned to Auburn last month to begin working on finishing his sociology degree – a promise he made to his mother when he left school two years ago. Newton, who is a semester and a half short of his degree, said being back on campus was wild initially.

“It's smoothed out now. When I first got on campus, it was kind of a circus. But that's kind of what I expected,” Newton said. “But it's nothing but love, man. You go back and you see people's reaction. You take a couple of pictures and you see what it does to a particular person, and you appreciate it your influence.”

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on February 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

Comments

I do like the idea of promoting a familiar face.....but it scares the crap out of me that Shula doesn't have a nice looking Offensive Coordinator resume' like Chud had. Hope this works out.

Posted by: Smitty | Feb 1, 2013 3:38:26 PM

continuity is not a good idea when u have been bad.......but nice try $cam.

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 1, 2013 5:00:39 PM

Pedigree......

Posted by: dbreeze | Feb 1, 2013 6:15:29 PM

Smitty is the wheel that keeps the Panthers moving and Cam isn't bad for a very talented kid. Cam has come a long ways and he's just started. They both are fantastic. Coach Rivera gets a fast, glue handed receiver to take some heat off Smitty, a left tackle to help Cam stay alive. a big sure handed tight end that likes to block, a hefty center to plug the center and let our under utilized running backs knock some people around, and Greg keeps doing his thing and the sports will be spelling PANTHER'S in capital letters all the time. The rest of the NFLC will be spelling us TROUBLE. Coach please let the offence rumble, attack, and score basically on the ground. Rember guys, you got some Nodackers rooting for you.

Posted by: poopydob | Feb 1, 2013 11:34:46 PM

GLAD THAT CAM IS EXCITED ABOUT SHULA BECOMING OC. HOPE HE DOES BETTER THAN HE DID AT BAMA. WE TOO ARE GLAD TO HAVE HIME BACK HOME IN AUBURN. WAR EGLE CAM AND WIN US A SUPER BOWL IN 2014. GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: mike | Feb 2, 2013 10:41:29 AM

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