With Shula leaving, the Dolphins are losing their quarterbacks coach. But don't look for the Dolphins to hire anyone from the outside to replace him.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will simply take over Shula's duties with the quarterbacks. Offensive quality control coach Judd Garrett also is expected to be given an increased role in assisting Turner.
Pulling double duty like that is not new to Turner, who did the same thing at Dallas working with quarterback Troy Aikman. Seems to us the results back then were pretty good, so nobody should fret about losing the quarterbacks coach.
In fact, several teams just have the offensive coordinator work with the quarterbacks.
As for Shula, it was only a matter of time before he got a promotion, either to an offensive coordinator spot or a head coaching job.
He's obviously very knowledgeable about the game and has the genes.
Our only hesitation about Shula on the collegiate level would be his ability to recruit.
For one thing, he has never coached on the collegiate level. For another, while Shula is a very nice and pleasant guy, it remains to be seen whether he has the personality needed to sell a recruit to the Alabama program.
Given his father's track record, though, we will give Mike Shula the benefit of the doubt and assume he will do a very good for the Crimson Tide.
Besides, after the Mike Price fiasco, he hardly can do worse.