The Panthers former defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, has just been named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals officially made him head coach on Monday.
Steve Wilks was promoted to defensive coordinator last year after Sean McDermott left for a head coaching job in Buffalo.
Wilks spent six years with the Panthers, five of those as the secondary coach and last year as the defensive coordinator. He was also the assistant head coach.
Rivera left Wilks in charge during training camp in 2015 after he had to leave for four days because of his brother’s death.
Al Holcomb the Panther’s linebacker coach is expected to go to Arizona with Wilks and be the defensive coordinator.
Wilks has an aggressive blitz-heavy defense that could fit very well with the personnel they have in Arizona.
The Wilks led defense led the league all the way through week 10. The Panthers defense finished 7th in total defense (317.1 ypg) and 11th scoring points per game. (20.4)
Ron Rivera and his staff had been planning as if Wilks would get a head coaching gig. Eric Washington, the defensive line coach will be promoted to defensive coordinator.
Washington is regarded as one of the best defensive lineman coaches in the NFL.
Washington has been a key part in the development of player’s Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison and Wes Horton.
Washington stresses physicality, pad level and hand placement which has produced some of the best defensive lines in football over the past few years.
The Panthers success on the defensive side of the ball should continue with the new Eric Washington- led defense.
Cardinals to Interview Ben McAdoo
The Arizona Cardinals have their head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, and now they are focusing on building his staff.
The Cardinals are interviewing former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph to become their defensive coordinator, and also have plans for their offensive staff as well.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, McAdoo could be considered for the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator position, but could also be brought in as a “senior position on the offensive staff”.
Either way, Arizona is building their team around Kingsbury.
Cardinals to Interview Vance Joseph
With Kliff Kingsbury officially at the helm of the Arizona Cardinals, the team is now looking to build his staff.
Joseph, who was fired by Denver at the end of the season, has been linked to the Cincinnati Bengals head coaching job.
Cardinals Hiring Kliff Kingsbury as Next Head Coach
The Arizona Cardinals are reeling in a hot collegiate coaching name as they are in the process of making former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury their next head coach, according to Fox Sports’ Pete Schrager.
Kingsbury recently took the job as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, but a small buyout in his contract will allow him to jump ship, despite USC initially blocking him from interviews, according to The Athletic’s Jay Glazer.
The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks after one season, and had interviewed former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy.
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