ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have named 28-year NFL coaching veteran Mike Shula as quarterbacks coach, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced Tuesday.
“Mike is a well-respected coach around the league, especially when it comes to developing quarterbacks,” Head Coach Vic Fangio said. “The familiarity he has with [Offensive Coordinator] Pat [Shurmur] is an added bonus, but what’s most impressive is Mike’s proven track record coaching quarterbacks at many different stages of their careers. We’re fortunate to add someone with his depth of experience, coaching ability and unique perspective to our staff.”
In his extensive coaching experience in the NFL, Shula has served as a quarterbacks coach for nine seasons across three stints with the Dolphins (2000-02), Jaguars (2007-10) and Panthers (2011-12).
In Jacksonville, Shula helped guide quarterback David Garrard to become just the second quarterback in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl.
Later, in his first season in Carolina, Shula helped Cam Newton earn Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl selection. A year later, the Panthers promoted him to offensive coordinator, a title he held with the team from 2013-17. Shula’s offense had its finest year in 2015 when Carolina went 15-1 with Newton as NFL MVP before facing off against the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
More recently Shula was the offensive coordinator for the Giants from 2018-19 under then-head coach Pat Shurmur, who is now the Broncos’ offensive coordinator.
Shula will now be charged with leading the Broncos’ quarterbacks room, which includes Drew Lock as he enters his second NFL season. Lock finished his rookie season by starting each of the final five games and leading the Broncos to a 4-1 record.
Shula’s experience also includes four seasons as the head coach at Alabama, his alma mater, where he played quarterback from 1984-86. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft but did not play for the team. He started his coaching career with the Buccaneers the following season.
Shula is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, who won Super Bowls VII and VIII with the Dolphins and holds the NFL record for most career wins by a head coach.