Shula: Newton needs to stay on even keel

May, 13, 2013
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After spending the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach, Mike Shula has stepped up to the role of offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. But it sounds like he also is prepared to be a psychologist of sorts.

[+] EnlargeCam Newton and Mike Shula
Mike McCarn/AP PhotoCam Newton and Mike Shula have been working together with the Panthers for two seasons now.
Shula said it’s important for third-year quarterback Cam Newton to do a better job of keeping his emotions in check.

"The more you can continue to stay on an even plane and lead the group of guys around you, the more effective you are going to be as a quarterback," Shula said.

In his first two seasons, Newton has drawn criticism from fans for showing his emotions when things haven’t gone well. Even wide receiver Steve Smith once called out Newton for pouting on the sidelines. Shula said Newton has to stay on a more even keel.

"Probably the biggest thing for him is maintaining that balance," Shula said. "Because everything around you during the football season is going to be up and down."

Shula has plenty of other things to worry about as he puts his stamp on the offense. But helping Newton with his poise is a big part of the job.

The good news is that Shula and Newton already have a good relationship. Now that Shula has a bigger title, he might have even more influence, and Newton might be more open to trying to control his emotions.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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