For the first time under Ron Rivera, the Panthers will take the field this week with someone other than Rob Chudzinski calling the offensive plays.

With Chud gone to Cleveland as the Browns’ coach, new coordinator Mike Shula will direct the offense when the Panthers begin the first of 10 OTA (organized team activities) practices Tuesday in Charlotte.

But Rivera is not big on branding the offense as Shula’s.

“It’s not necessarily his offense as much as the Panthers’ offense, what we’re going to do,” Rivera said last week.

One of the reasons Rivera promoted Shula from quarterbacks coach rather than hire Pat Shurmur or Hue Jackson was continuity. Shula, in his third year in Charlotte, will seek input from the entire offensive staff.

Rivera praised three of those assistants – offensive line coaches John Matsko and Ray Brown and tight ends coach Pete Hoener – for changing the pass protections last season when injuries took a toll on the line.

But on Sunday afternoons this fall, Shula will have the final say. And while Rivera has indicated the offense won’t look much different than it did under Chudzinski, he said Shula would bring “his own personality” to it.

Shula was known as a conservative play-caller as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator from 1996-99 and as Alabama’s head coach from 2003-06. But Rivera has a different impression.

“I think what I like about him is his aggressive nature. I like that,” Rivera said. “I think the thing that he and I have talked about is doing things that will maximize each individual’s abilities.”