Manning, no doubt, managed a miraculous and legendary Super Bowl escape of a Patriots' pass rush in Super Bowl XLII, hitting David Tyree for the famous helmet-catch on the Giants' game-winning Super Bowl XLII drive. However, he was sacked along with quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey after their playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Shula joins Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who was abruptly fired by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last July a week before the start of training camp. The Giants were recently denied permission to interview and hire Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator.
The Panthers fired Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey in the wake of quarterback Cam Newton's two-year regression from his MVP form of 2015.
Shula is now Pat Shurmur's offensive caddie. The Giants can certainly use help on the ground, although Shurmur is expected to call the offensive plays. Former assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells will also return, albeit in a new role as tight end coach.
Shula was known for establishing some effective power running games during his time in Carolina. Shurmur and Stefanski had a wonderful working relationship in Minnesota. From 2014-16, Olsen was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls and became the only tight end in National Football League history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He's spent 12 seasons as an offensive coordinator (with the Vikings from 2006-10 and the Seahawks from 2011-17).
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With an offensive minded staff put in place, starting with their head coach, the Giants have some tough sledding ahead of them.
Shurmur should be able to find ways to successfully blend Shula's experience and ideas with the offense he has in mind for the Giants.
Manning, of course, has two Super Bowl wins and MVPs to his name, and there are still young QBs who work mostly from the pocket who appear to have bright futures, such as the Rams' Jared Goff and the Raiders' Derek Carr.
"We've won a lot of games when we've had a good rushing average and good rushing efficiency, but I would say that's going to come with balance and is more important with balance", Shula told the Panthers' team site last month prior to Carolina's playoff loss to New Orleans. Shula fits into that mix, right alongside Shurmur.