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Mike Shula
Offensive Coordinator
College:
Alabama
Experience:
25

Bio

COACHING
Mike Shula is in his sixth season with the Carolina Panthers and his fourth as offensive coordinator, leading a corps that has risen to the top of the NFL.

In 2016, Shula directed an offense that helped Carolina set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 touchdowns and gain a team-record 357 first downs en route to an NFC Championship and appearance in Super Bowl 50. Five of Shula's charges – quarterback Cam Newton, running back Jonathan Stewart, fullback Mike Tolbert, guard Trai Turner and center Ryan Kalil – were named to the Pro Bowl.

Leading the way for Shula's offense was Newton, who was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year following a career year. A first-team All-Pro, Newton threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns, produced a career-high 99.4 quarterback rating, led the NFL with 45 total touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing) and became the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a season.

Shula's offense was as effective on the ground as it was through the air as the Panthers ranked second in the NFL with 142.6 rushing yards per game, the highest ranking in team history. Since Week 6 of 2014, Carolina has produced 27 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards, the longest streak in the NFL since the Pittsburgh Steelers tallied 43 consecutive from 1974-77.

Amid a sea of change, Shula was the constant for the Carolina offense in 2014 as the Panthers won their second consecutive NFC South title. Despite injuries at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line, 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 players - Newton, Kalil, Tolbert and tackle Jordan Gross - played in the Pro Bowl.

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.

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. Under Shula, Newton was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 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 set team records with 6,237 total yards and 345 first downs.

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.

A veteran of 28 years in coaching, including 24 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 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. In 2010, Garrard finished second in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 108.3 and engineered 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, having previously served as a coaching assistant from 1991-92.

Shula served as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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.

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.

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 sixth season with the Carolina Panthers and his fourth as offensive coordinator, leading a corps that has risen to the top of the NFL.

In 2016, Shula directed an offense that helped Carolina set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 touchdowns and gain a team-record 357 first downs en route to an NFC Championship and appearance in Super Bowl 50. Five of Shula's charges – quarterback Cam Newton, running back Jonathan Stewart, fullback Mike Tolbert, guard Trai Turner and center Ryan Kalil – were named to the Pro Bowl.

Leading the way for Shula's offense was Newton, who was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year following a career year. A first-team All-Pro, Newton threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns, produced a career-high 99.4 quarterback rating, led the NFL with 45 total touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing) and became the first player in NFL history with at least 30 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in a season.

Shula's offense was as effective on the ground as it was through the air as the Panthers ranked second in the NFL with 142.6 rushing yards per game, the highest ranking in team history. Since Week 6 of 2014, Carolina has produced 27 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards, the longest streak in the NFL since the Pittsburgh Steelers tallied 43 consecutive from 1974-77.

Amid a sea of change, Shula was the constant for the Carolina offense in 2014 as the Panthers won their second consecutive NFC South title. Despite injuries at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line, 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 players - Newton, Kalil, Tolbert and tackle Jordan Gross - played in the Pro Bowl.

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.

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. Under Shula, Newton was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 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 set team records with 6,237 total yards and 345 first downs.

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.

A veteran of 28 years in coaching, including 24 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 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. In 2010, Garrard finished second in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 108.3 and engineered 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, having previously served as a coaching assistant from 1991-92.

Shula served as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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.

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.

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.