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Cam Newton praises his coach — Mike Shula

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is heaping plenty of praise on his coach, Mike Shula, who preceeded Nick Saban at Alabama.

Newton just finished his second year with the Carolina Panthers, and Shula was his quarterbacks coach. Shula recently was promoted to offensive coordinator.

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He also said his relationship with Shula was “unbelievable,” and credited the former Alabama coach with helping his development the second half of last season. After a turnover-plagued start to 2012, Newton accounted for 19 touchdowns, with only four turnovers, over the final nine games.

He had a 94.7 quarterback rating during that span, and broke Jake Delhomme’s team record by going 176 passes without an interception.

“I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he’s been coaching me up to do. I don’t think it’s going to be any different,” Newton said.

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Ex-Tide coach Mike Shula has a new job

Mike Shula is now the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator. (AP photo by Rob Carr)

Mike Shula is now the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator. (AP photo by Rob Carr)

Former Alabama head coach Mike Shula, who was fired in 2006 to make way for Nick Saban, is getting a promotion. Here’s the Associated Press story:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After 14 years Mike Shula is getting another chance to run an NFL offense.

The Carolina Panthers named Shula as their new offensive coordinator today. Shula served as the team’s quarterbacks coach the last two seasons, working with former Auburn standout Cam Newton.

The Panthers chose to hire from within after interviewing candidates from outside the organization.

“After going through the interview process we feel that Mike’s familiarity with our offense and personnel lends itself to the offensive coordinator position,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He has the experience and knowledge to step in and provide continuity in an area that has been productive over the past two years.”

Shula takes over for Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the Cleveland Browns’ head coach.

Shula said he was anxious to get another shot at being an offensive coordinator.

The last time didn’t work out so well.

He spent four seasons (1996-99) as the offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, but the Bucs finished 29th in total offense, 27th in points scored and last in the league in passing, according to STATS INC. They never finished better than 22nd in total offense in any of those four seasons.

However, this time around he has the versatile Newton running the offense.

“I am excited about working with our offense in a more expanded role as offensive coordinator,” said Shula, the son of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. “There are a number of pieces in place for a good offense and our goal is to build on the momentum we had at the end of last season.”

Shula has helped with the development of Newton, who was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 and who improved statistically in his second season. The Panthers have been ranked seventh and 12th in total offense the past two years.

Shula has 20 years of NFL coaching experience. He coached Alabama during 2003-2006, including a 10-2 season in 2005.

Flashback to 1986: Alabama 28, Notre Dame 10

Alabama’s one win over Notre Dame came in 1986 in Birmingham. A young Mike Shula threw three touchdown passes to lift the Crimson Tide to a 28-10 win, and Greg Richardson returned a punt for a touchdown.

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