Mike Shula Could Re-Establish Himself as an Offensive Coordinator with Carolina

June 15, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Mike Shula took his first job as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers were still in their infancy.  As the guy charged with developing the game plan for Tampa Bay's offense, he was at the position from 1996-1999.  
During his tenure with the team, the Buccaneers only had one losing season.  While the team was successful, a lot of that was attributed to the defense.  Shula's scoring offense ranked no better than 18th when he was its offensive coordinator.
Shula was limited by the lack of talent on the offense.  He had Mike Alstott, Trent Dilfer and Warrick Dunn at his disposal, but the passing game never saw a 1,000-yard receiver, and the Bucs offense established Tampa Bay as a running team.  
While Alstott and Dunn were good at their craft, the lack of an efficient passing game could have played a role in not winning a few more games in 1998 when they missed the playoffs or cost them playoff games because the offen...

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