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Don Shula advises son on coaching Cam Newton

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10:43 AM ET 06.23 | Don Shula could be forgiven if he thought Cam Newton was something out of a science fiction novel. After all, they didn't have any quarterbacks who looked or played like Newton when Shula was a player in the 1950s, or a coach in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. But Shula knows a thing or two about the game of football in any era. So he has given his son Mike Shula, the new offensive coordinator for the Panthers, some advice on Newton. He told him it's critical that the offensive coordinator maintains a clear line of communication with the quarterback and the quarterbacks coach. He told his son to make sure Newton feels comfortable on game day. And he told him he needs to try to take advantage of all of Newton's special gifts. "He is a great resource, a constant sounding board," Mike Shula said of his father. And so the younger Shula has set out with some time-tested philosophies on how to take Newton's game to a higher level in his third season.

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June 23, 2013  10:47 AM ET

He knows acouple of things about Quarterbacks!!!

June 23, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Don knows football!!

June 23, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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Don knows football!!

And Steaks. Shula's here in Phoenix is a rocking steakhouse.

June 23, 2013  11:40 AM ET

Sound advice from Don.

June 23, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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And Steaks. Shula's here in Phoenix is a rocking steakhouse.

<takes notes for next trip to Phoenix...>

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June 23, 2013  12:50 PM ET

The be honest, the Panthers would probably be better off with Don rather than Mike.

June 23, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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The be honest, the Panthers would probably be better off with Don rather than Mike.

Agreed! Plus he knows his steaks!

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June 23, 2013  02:06 PM ET
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<takes notes for next trip to Phoenix...>

It's in the Wild Horse Pass Casino, 15 minutes south of the airport. Worth the trip.

June 23, 2013  03:12 PM ET

Shula kids live more off a name than any Kennedy or Bush ever did.

June 23, 2013  04:07 PM ET

Hmm, "something out of a science fiction novel (Newton)," huh? Guess you could say this NFP writer likes Cam Newton...a lot.

June 23, 2013  04:10 PM ET

Smile, listen, agree. Then do whatever the **** you wanted to do anyway.

June 23, 2013  04:28 PM ET

Making Cam feels comfy on game day is understatement. Anyone who is a fan of the Panthers clearly sees this on a weekly basis. Hopefully Shula can help Cam get over his poutiness. Cam is a great player but I get sick of watching him pout on the sidelines when things don't go his way. That's not how leaders should react.

June 23, 2013  04:37 PM ET
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Making Cam feels comfy on game day is understatement. Anyone who is a fan of the Panthers clearly sees this on a weekly basis. Hopefully Shula can help Cam get over his poutiness. Cam is a great player but I get sick of watching him pout on the sidelines when things don't go his way. That's not how leaders should react.

Agreed! He's as talented a QB there is, but he lets his inner Vince Young out too often.

June 23, 2013  05:43 PM ET
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Mike Shula cannot coach football and is not qualified to coach football. What a terrible job at Alabama did the inept buffoon Mike Shula do there.

Bull's eye! We were sorry to see him go. It ended the easiest string of victories over the Tide we'd had in years.

June 23, 2013  06:34 PM ET

This is not like the Don being consigliere to Mike, it's more like doing it for Fredo.

June 23, 2013  08:54 PM ET

If Mike Shula didn't already know those things, he shouldn't be coaching rec league football.

 
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