Former Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Mike Shula is expected to join the New York Giants as an offensive coordinator.
Not counting an interim, Shula was the last head coach of the Crimson Tide before the Nick Saban era began. Those two tenures have gone pretty differently, as Saban has won numerous national titles and Shula only had one winning season.
Shula was last with the Carolina Panthers as an offensive coordinator.
Some might consider his time with the Panthers as a slight bust, but there’s a connection to Shula joining the Giants. He worked with recently hired general manager Dave Gettleman when both were with Carolina.
Shula, who is expected to work with New York’s gunslingers, also worked as the quarterbacks coach with the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
New head coach Pat Shurmur is still expected to handle playcalling duties.
With an offensive minded staff put in place, starting with their head coach, the Giants have some tough sledding ahead of them. Aging signal-caller Eli Manning threw 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this past season. Moreover, the offense struggled, finishing 31st in 2017 and 26th in 2016 in points scored.
Those numbers are not good.
Nevertheless, maybe this just means Saban will replace all of the current Giants staff in a few years. You know, because bad jokes and life being a circle of flatness.