Giants hiring Mike Shula as offensive coordinator


The Giants had previously been interested in Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski to take over as offensive coordinator, but the Vikings blocked the Giants' request to interview him.

With head coach Pat Shurmur handling the play-calling for the Giants in 2018, Shula will be able to oversee the offense as coordinator and focus on the quarterbacks room at the same time. However, he will be the team's quarterback coach as he'll work alongside veteran Eli Manning, backup Davis Webb and possibly a top-tier rookie depending on who the Giants draft with the second-overall pick of the 2018 National Football League draft.

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NFL Network's Kim Jones was first to report Shula's hire.

Shula worked with new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during their time with the Panthers.

The hiring of Shula completes the Giants' offseason overhaul. He also has been an offensive coordinator with the Buccaneers (1996-99) and Panthers (2013-17).

Shula worked with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for his entire seven-year career.

Shula was sacked by the Panthers on January 9 after they lost in the Wild-Card round of the playoffs. Otherwise, Carolina's offense was middle of the pack under Shula. Carolina never finished higher than 12th in scoring in any other season, and the Panthers never ranked higher than 11th in total yards. Shurmur intends to call plays on gamedays but wanted a trusted offensive coordinator with input into game plans, and now he has experience at his right hand.

Shula, 52, is the son of Don Shula, the NFL's all-time winningest coach.

Shula's lone head coaching job was at his alma mater.

He also had a head coaching stint at the University of Alabama from 2003-06 where he went 26-23. Shula was replaced by Nick Saban, who has won five national championships at Alabama.