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Mike Shula
Offensive Coordinator
College:
Alabama
Experience:
23

Bio

COACHING
Mike Shula is in his second season as Carolina's offensive coordinator in 2014 after steering a unit in 2013 that was instrumental in the team's 12-4 record, NFC South title and first playoff appearance since 2008.

Shula's offense generated a team-record 31:45 average time of possession per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL, and finished third in third down efficiency (43.8 percent), second in drives of five-plus minutes (30) and tied for seventh in 10-play drives (30). Protecting the ball was a trademark of the offense as the team 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.

Guiding Shula's offense, 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 of 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 and 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 for with 6,237 total yards and 345 first downs.

A veteran of 26 years in coaching, including 22 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.

From 2003-06, Shula compiled a 26-23 record as head coach at Alabama and led the Crimson Tide to three consecutive bowl games.

Before returning to his alma mater as head coach, Shula coached the Miami Dolphins quarterbacks for three seasons from 2000-02. It marked his second stint with the team, previously serving as a coaching assistant for two years from 1991-92. During Shula's tenure as Dolphins quarterbacks coach, Jay Fiedler became just the second quarterback in franchise history to pass for more than 3,000 yards with 3,290 in 2001.

In addition to Shula's work as a quarterbacks coach, he presided over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense as offensive coordinator for four seasons from 1996-99. The Buccaneers reached the playoffs in two of Shula's four years, advancing to the NFC Championship in 1999. Shula helped quarterback Trent Dilfer earn Pro Bowl honors in 1997 when he set then team records for touchdowns and most consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Shula joined the Buccaneers from the Chicago Bears, where he handled tight ends for three seasons from 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.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A two-time All-Southeastern Conference choice at quarterback for Alabama from 1984-86, Shula completed 298-of-552 passes for 3,881 yards and 33 touchdowns and finished his career with a 32-15-1 record as a starter. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft and spent part of the season on the Buccaneers' roster.

Shula graduated from Alabama with a degree in labor relations. He is the son of legendary NFL head coach Don Shula of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins and the brother of former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dave Shula.

HISTORY
Quarterback: Alabama 1983-86. Pro quarterback: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1987. College coach: Alabama 2003-06 (head coach). Pro coach: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1988-90, 1996-99, Miami Dolphins 1991-92, 2000-02, Chicago Bears 1993-95, Jacksonville Jaguars 2007-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
Mike Shula is in his second season as Carolina's offensive coordinator in 2014 after steering a unit in 2013 that was instrumental in the team's 12-4 record, NFC South title and first playoff appearance since 2008.

Shula's offense generated a team-record 31:45 average time of possession per game, which ranked fifth in the NFL, and finished third in third down efficiency (43.8 percent), second in drives of five-plus minutes (30) and tied for seventh in 10-play drives (30). Protecting the ball was a trademark of the offense as the team 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.

Guiding Shula's offense, 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 of 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 and 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 for with 6,237 total yards and 345 first downs.

A veteran of 26 years in coaching, including 22 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.

From 2003-06, Shula compiled a 26-23 record as head coach at Alabama and led the Crimson Tide to three consecutive bowl games.

Before returning to his alma mater as head coach, Shula coached the Miami Dolphins quarterbacks for three seasons from 2000-02. It marked his second stint with the team, previously serving as a coaching assistant for two years from 1991-92. During Shula's tenure as Dolphins quarterbacks coach, Jay Fiedler became just the second quarterback in franchise history to pass for more than 3,000 yards with 3,290 in 2001.

In addition to Shula's work as a quarterbacks coach, he presided over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense as offensive coordinator for four seasons from 1996-99. The Buccaneers reached the playoffs in two of Shula's four years, advancing to the NFC Championship in 1999. Shula helped quarterback Trent Dilfer earn Pro Bowl honors in 1997 when he set then team records for touchdowns and most consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Shula joined the Buccaneers from the Chicago Bears, where he handled tight ends for three seasons from 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.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A two-time All-Southeastern Conference choice at quarterback for Alabama from 1984-86, Shula completed 298-of-552 passes for 3,881 yards and 33 touchdowns and finished his career with a 32-15-1 record as a starter. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft and spent part of the season on the Buccaneers' roster.

Shula graduated from Alabama with a degree in labor relations. He is the son of legendary NFL head coach Don Shula of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins and the brother of former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dave Shula.

HISTORY
Quarterback: Alabama 1983-86. Pro quarterback: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1987. College coach: Alabama 2003-06 (head coach). Pro coach: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1988-90, 1996-99, Miami Dolphins 1991-92, 2000-02, Chicago Bears 1993-95, Jacksonville Jaguars 2007-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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