There looks to be another “Carolina North” campus taking shape outside New York City.
Former Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, fired last month in Charlotte, has been hired for the same role with the Giants. Shula joins Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who was abruptly fired by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last July a week before the start of training camp.
Another former member of the Panthers’ front office – player personnel director Mark Koncz – recently was hired by Gettleman to serve as a personnel consultant.
Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network was the first to report Shula’s hiring. Shula also is expected to coach quarterbacks for Giants coach Pat Shurmur, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Jones also reported that Shurmur is expected to call the plays.
It’s likely that the Giants will draft a quarterback this spring, and Shula will work closely to develop whoever that is.
The Panthers fired Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey in the wake of quarterback Cam Newton’s two-year regression from his MVP form of 2015.
Shula led the NFL’s highest-scoring offense during that Super Bowl season, when Gettleman was in his third year as the Panthers’ GM.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera hired longtime NFL coach and offensive coordinator Norv Turner to replace Shula. Scott Turner, Norv’s son, was brought in as the quarterbacks coach following a previous stint on Rivera’s staff.