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panther4life    2,360

We made the playoffs under Joe Pendry,Dan Henning and Jeff Davidson as offensive coordinators in the past.

Pendry did it with Kerry Collins at the helm, Henning and Davidson did it with Delhomme...who's to say Shula and Cam can't make it?

There I tried....what you got?

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Marguide    3,291

1) Just like Rivera, with Shula we won't have to worry about any of those embarrassing emotional outbursts on the sidelines.

2) We already know how to spell his name and what he looks like.

3) He is a nice looking chap, not too hard on the fan's eyes.

4) He can call Dad when he hits tough stretches.

That's all I got...

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PhillyB    40,337

i can plan an archaeological expedition to egypt in the fall without worrying about missing games

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Montsta    15,178

Shula is the only guy Cam ever talks to on the sidelines when he is sitting with a towel over his head.

So now Cam will go back and be talking to the OC after every drive, which is a plus.

:)

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catnip    68

Rivera knows he has only next year to prove himself. Shula knows this and his job will be on the line if Rivera is canned. Good for Ricky for wr coach and if Skipper returns as RB coach we might be ok.

I could see Weinke coming in as QB coach.

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Happy Panther    3,961

Long time NFL guy and the son of a great.

Likes puppies and is nice to children.

Once got high with Paul Rudd.

Does not get worked up by local TV.

Thinks Rockford files is cool but there are some things that he would change if it were up to him.

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Guild    406

Hmmmm....

mmm....

Alright I got it! He might have a better understanding of Cam Newton than Chud did and develop a better offense built around Cam playing under center feeding the running backs who just got back their old coach.

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fieryprophet    6,834

One of the concerns I had about a possible Hue Jackson hire is that he has a well-earned reputation for hubris. I mean, the man tried to make himself the heir apparent to Al Davis after the man died, for crying out loud. This could have turned very ugly if, when the offense had any kind of struggles or obvious changes needing to be made, he would have balked at implementing them since he would have been here merely as a stepping stone to a new head coaching gig. In fact, it would have been in his interest to NOT take direction from Rivera, since he was already on the hot seat and if he gets canned Hue would get a look at taking over the head spot.

None of these things will be an issue under Shula; he's not on any head coaching shortlists, and if he is successful the credit will probably go more towards Cam than it would to him. But, if the indications about the relationship they have is true, Shula won't care either way. If the offense has problems, Rivera will likely not wait as long as he did with Chud to address them, and Shula will likely prove far more pliable to changes than Chud, who was also eyeing a head coaching job.

Our issue isn't going to be one of offensive philosophy; Rivera has made it extremely clear he has tied his boat to a vertical Coryell offense, and of all the possible candidates Shula has the most direct, recent experience with exactly what we run. If we get a little more conservative and committed to the running game, so much the better. This offense cannot live and die by Cam like it has the last two seasons; he needs to be our biggest weapon, not our ONLY weapon.

Finally, this hire will make or break Rivera, with no hemming or hawwing. This is it; either it works out and he stays on as our head coach or him and Shula are job-hunting next season. And before imbeciles launch into "NUH-UH JR IS CHEAP" rants please remember that Gettleman is going to call those shots; this isn't his staff and he will have free reign to make that determination if the results aren't what they need to be.

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