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COACHING
Amid a sea of change, coordinator Mike Shula was the constant for the Carolina offense as the Panthers won their second consecutive NFC South title in 2014. The quarterbacks were different at times, the line was in flux, the wide receiver position was revamped, and finding a healthy running back was a week-to-week proposition much of the year. Through it all, the offense continued to progress.

The Panthers finished 16th in the NFL in total yardage despite the hurdles as Shula helped Carolina’s ball control offense rank seventh in rushing, ninth in first downs and 12th in third-down efficiency. It all added up to an average time of possession of 31:47, a team record for the second straight year.

A year earlier, Shula's offense generated a 31:45 average time of possession, which ranked fifth in the NFL, while finishing third in third-down efficiency (43.8 percent) and second in drives of five-plus minutes (30). Protecting the ball was a trademark for an offense that tied a franchise record with just 19 turnovers, the fourth fewest in the NFL. Four offensive players - quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil, fullback Mike Tolbert and tackle Jordan Gross - played in the Pro Bowl. Newton established career highs in completion percentage (61.7 percent), passing touchdowns (24) and passer rating (88.8).

Prior to becoming offensive coordinator, Shula served as Carolina's quarterbacks coach for two seasons. He helped shape an offense that gained 12,008 total net yards from 2011-12, the most in a two-year span in team history, and compiled an NFL-high 165 plays that gained 20 or more yards.

With his extensive knowledge of the quarterback position, having successfully played and coached it, Shula has been at the center of Newton's development since the quarterback was the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2011. With Shula as his position coach, Newton set an NFL record (since broken) for the most passing yards in a player's first two seasons with 7,920.

In 2012, Newton posted an 86.2 passer rating while rushing for more than 700 yards for the second consecutive season. He set a team record with 176 consecutive pass attempts without an interception and helped the Panthers gain 5,771 total net yards and 328 first downs, the second-highest totals in team history. The offense ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in yards per completion, yards per pass attempt, yards per play and third-down conversion percentage.

Under Shula, Newton was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 after one of the most prolific rookie seasons in league history, passing for 4,051 yards and accounting for an NFL rookie record 35 total touchdowns (21 passing, 14 rushing). With Newton at the helm, the Panthers offense experienced a 210-point improvement in scoring from the previous season and set team records with 6,237 total yards and 345 first downs.

A veteran of 27 years in coaching, including 23 as an NFL assistant and four as a college head coach, Shula spent four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-10 before arriving in Carolina.

With Jacksonville, Shula mentored David Garrard, who became a full-time starter in 2007 and made the Pro Bowl in 2009. In Shula's first year with the Jaguars, Garrard ranked third in the NFL with a 102.2 passer rating, threw an NFL-low three interceptions and established a team record with a 64.0 completion percentage.

After posting career highs for attempts, completions and yards in 2008, Garrard capped the 2009 campaign with a Pro Bowl appearance. In 2010, under Shula's direction, Garrard came through in the clutch by finishing second in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 108.3 and engineering five game-winning drives

The Fins, for their role in this story, have had an albeit unglamorous history of hiring O/C types away from hot teams to be their new H/C.


In addition to Shula's work as QB coach, he presided over the Bucs offense as Dungy's O/C from 1996-99. They went to the P/O's in two of his four seasons, NFC Champs in '99. Shula helped quarterback Trent Dilfer earn Pro Bowl honors in '97 when he set then team records for TD's and most consecutive attempts without INT.

Shula joined the Bucs from the Bears, where he handled T/E's for three seasons 1993-95. He broke into coaching as an offensive assistant for Tampa Bay in 1988 and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 1990. As the Buccaneers' quarterbacks coach, Shula tutored Vinny Testaverde up to '92.