EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It's not uncommon for NFL players to be optimistic heading into training camp.
It happens every year as teams gear up in the summer and start thinking about...
Head coaching changes get the most attention, and new guys normally decide who their coordinators will be.
For 2018, most offensive coordinator alterations came from incumbent coaches.
New York — Mike Shula changed into shorts and a team-issued T-shirt for a workout recently at the Giants' facility in East Rutherford, N.J., and as he walked into the gym he passed a mirror and did a double-take at the logo on his chest.
It's really happening, he thought. I'm really coaching for the New York Giants.
Shula is football royalty, the son of the great Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.
New York Giants’ coaching staff has 3 veteran coordinators
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Three experienced coordinators, including two with ties to new general manager Dave Gettleman, have been added to Pat Shurmur's coaching staff with the New York Giants.
The hirings were announced Thursday, although most had been widely known in recent weeks.
The offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, Shurmur was hired on Jan. 22 to rebuild the Giants after a disastrous 3-13 season. Coach Ben McAdoo fired in early December after less than two years on the job.
Panthers name Washington new defensive coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers wasted little time naming a new defensive coordinator after Steve Wilks left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera promoted defensive line coach Eric Washington as Wilks' replacement on Monday, just hours after the hiring of Wilks became official. Rivera said after the season that had a hunch Wilks would get a head coaching job, and was prepared in the event that it happened.
AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There has been another coaching shake-up with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, said a person familiar with the situation. The team has promoted Chase Blackburn to take McGaughey's place after his contract was not renewed.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the news.
The Charlotte Observer was first to report the news.
Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There will be a Turner family reunion in Charlotte.
The Carolina Panthers hired Norv Turner on Friday as their new offensive coordinator to replace Mike Shula, who was fired earlier in the week after seven seasons with the team.
AP source: Panthers interviewing Turner for coordinator spot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Turner family could be growing within the Carolina Panthers organization.
The team is interviewing Norv Turner for its vacant offensive coordinator position, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team does not discuss potential coaching candidates.
Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera fired longtime offensive coordinator Mike Shula on Tuesday, saying the team's offense needs a "different perspective."
Along with Shula, the Panthers also cut ties with quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey two days after a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.
"I believe we need some different ideas going forward," Rivera said at a news conference.
An offseason of change is underway for the Carolina Panthers.
After a 31-26 wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Panthers announced Tuesday that they've fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.
Shula served as Carolina's offensive coordinator for the past five years after starting with the team as quarterbacks coach, and Dorsey has coached quarterbacks for the Panthers since 2013. Shula has coached 30 years, including 26 in the NFL.
Panthers TE Olsen returns to practice, expected to play
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen returned to practice and is expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings.
Carolina's injury report indicates Olsen participated in all of the team's practice on Wednesday.
Coach Ron Rivera says Olsen's status will help offensive coordinator Mike Shula with game planning for Sunday's game knowing "there's not going to be a pitch count as far as the number of plays" when it comes to the tight end.
Panthers WR Samuel out for season with ankle injury
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel is done for the year. The Panthers announced Tuedsay that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle and will be placed on injured reserve.
That means Carolina (7-3) will be looking for a new starting wide receiver heading into the bye week.
The lion still roars: QB Newton stepping up running game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula knew exactly what Cam Newton was going to do as soon as he broke the pocket and started running toward the end zone.
From there, it was just a matter of Shula holding his breath.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL draft answered some questions for the Carolina Panthers, while raising plenty of others.
One of the biggest issues the team faces is how effectively offensive coordinator Mike Shula can use his new personnel after the team dramatically upgraded its speed and versatility.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — It's pretty clear Kelvin Benjamin has firmly re-established himself as the Carolina Panthers' No. 1 wide receiver with a wide array of big-time, circus-like catches in the first week of training camp.
Not that it matters much to Benjamin, who'd just assume blend back into the offense without much fanfare.
"You be a team guy," Benjamin said of his approach this season. "Most teams with that No. 1 receiver who is getting all of the balls,...