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Sapp: Panthers' offense will thrive under ex-Bucs assistant Shula


Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2013 at 06:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Buccaneers defensive tackle and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp bumped into Carolina coach Ron Rivera this week and admitted he doesn't know much about Rivera's Panthers team.

But Sapp knows plenty about Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who ran the Bucs' offense when Sapp played in Tampa Bay.

Heard of the "Mike & Mike Show" on ESPN Radio? Well, Sapp said Tampa Bay's players referred to the Bucs' attack under Shula as the "Mike & Mike" offense because of Shula's reliance on fullback Mike Alstott.

"That's all we had. Mike calling it, faking it to Mike, throwing it to Mike," Sapp said. "Mike Shula to Mike Alstott, that's what we called it - the Mike and Mike offense."

The Bucs never finished higher than 22nd in total offense during Shula's four years as coordinator. But Sapp, in Charlotte for Bobcats president Fred Whitfield's annual golf tournament, believes Shula will be successful with more offensive weapons with Carolina.

"He's been dreaming up some stuff, I promise you. Mike will get it going," Sapp said. "He's going to find a way to get this offense moving. That's just what he does. He's a good offensive coordinator. I like Mike."

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