Panthers name Mike Shula new OC

Mike Shula will be the new offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Friday.

Shula, who has been Carolina's quarterbacks coach the last two seasons, replaces Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the coach in Cleveland.

Shula's familiarity with Chudzinski's system and his strong relationship with quarterback Cam Newton played heavily into the decision. The Panthers also interviewed Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson.

"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 previously has been an offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay and also was the head coach at the University of Alabama.

Rivera also said that Richard Rodgers, who took over as interim special teams coach during the season, has been promoted to that position on a permanent basis.

Ricky Proehl also has been promoted from assistant wide receivers coach to wide receivers coach.