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panther4life

Do your best to put a positive spin on Shula's promotion

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We don't have to worry about some other team having any desire to hire him.

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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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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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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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At least we won't have to compete with 8 teams looking for a HC next yr when we are making our hire.

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Our offense will be identical to what we saw towards the end of the season. More power running and pocket passing.

Plus Cam and Shula are already close, and Shula coaches from the field and is more vocal unlike Chud.

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Much easier time finding a parking space near BOA on Sunday's

More elbow room in the stadium

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By hiring an OC nobody else would allow on their facility at gunpoint and making him responsible for two coaching slots, we save JR a nice chunk of cash.

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