I'm not sure if this has been mentioned here or if he is even eligible to coach yet (I tried to google this but found nothing, and I know he isn't technically retired yet), but what about bringing in Jake Delhomme as next years OC. HEAR ME OUT!
1) HE HAS THE FIRE!
There is not a single TRUE Panthers fan that can say Jake didn't know how to fire this team up. And with so many guys still on the team today he played with, they would have total respect for him. I don't think Shula have either of these things going for him.
2) HE IS A LEADER OF MEN
I personally think Jake was the best leader of men this franchise has ever had. I will never forget being in the stands during the Bears game (2008) where he got hit late, jumped up, and pounded his chest while screaming to the point we could hear him in the nosebleeds. After that, the WHOLE TEAM got behind him.
3) HE KNOWS HOW TO ADJUST
I miss the days where we saw our QB screaming audibles from under center. Delhomme had a good eye for what the other team was doing, and adjusted quickly. Today, this team.... Just doesn't adjust at all.
4) HE KNOWS THE GAME OF FOOTBALL
He made not be an X's and O's evil genius, but he knows the game. #17 got to the point where he was basically running the Offense by himself from the line. How many games did we go to the hurry up in the last few minutes with Jake calling every play. I can remember him not even looking to the sideline for a whole drive, just running it himself.
Which brings me to my final point, which IMO is the biggest trait of them all...
5) HE KNOWS HOW TO FINISH GAMES
How may times did he lead us to a 4th quarter comeback? How many last second drives to win? I believe this can be taught to Cam & Co..
The only reason I bring this up is because I have a gut feeling our new HC will (AGAIN) be a D-minded kinda guy. Therefore, we need an OC who the Head Coach can truth to call the plays, make adjustments, and fire up this team. J-A-K-E!
(Please don't make this a thread for bashing Delhomme. We all know about the Playoff game VS Arizona. We all know he had his ups-and-downs. This is strictly about him possible becoming our next OC. I know it's hard, but please stay on topic.)