Somebody asked me Friday who I thought Carolina would hire as offensive coordinator and I said Mike Shula.
The hire is consistent with the other hires the Panthers have made. They retained Ron Rivera as head coach and hired Dave Gettleman as general manager.
Gettleman, who comes from the New York Giants, is 61. After being passed over by so many teams so many times he was thrilled to have the job.
I don't see him coming to Bank of America Stadium and shaking up the staff.I don't see him making waves, or major changes, in structure or personnel.
Shula, who was the offensive coordinator four seasons at Tampa Bay and the head coach at Alabama, is status quo. He knows the Panther offense and, as importantly, perhaps, the Panther way.
Nothing he did with the Buccaneers or Crimson Tide indicates he is a creative, play-calling genius. But he has worked two years with Cam Newton.
Maybe watching others call plays will enable Shula to better run the offense. Maybe he needed to step back before he stepped forward. Walk away from a job and, when you return, you ought to be better than you were.
Is Shula the most creative offensive coordinator the Panthers could have hired?
Is he the safest?