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Panthers promote Shula to OC

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The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that they promoted Mike Shula to offensive coordinator.

Shula has been the team's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. He replaces Rob Chudzinski, who recently became the Cleveland Browns head coach.

Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur and former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson were also candidates, but Shula has established a familiarity and relationship with quarterback Cam Newton.

"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 in a statement. "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 was previously offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach at the University of Alabama.

Also, Richard Rodgers had the interim label removed as special teams coach and Ricky Proehl was promoted from assistant wide receivers coach to wide receivers coach.

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