Signs suggest Cardinals might be leaning toward Steve Wilks

AP

Even though the teams who are hiring Patriots assistants can’t officially make a move until after the Super Bowl, there’s only one real coaching vacancy left in the NFL.

And it may not be vacant for long.

Bill Voth of the Panthers team website just mentioned offhandedly that he’d be “shocked” if Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks didn’t get the Cardinals head coaching job. It’s far short of a report, though Panthers coach Ron Rivera has been operating under the assumption he’d lose his coordinator all offseason.

Wilks had a second interview with the Cardinals last week, along with Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. There were some reports they wanted to talk to Eagles assistants, and they could schedule something this week, but they’d be two weeks from making it official.

The 48-year-old Wilks has one year of coordinator experience. He interviewed with the Giants and the Titans, but turned down a chance to meet with the Colts.

13 responses to “Signs suggest Cardinals might be leaning toward Steve Wilks

  1. Well, hopefully this locks in Brian Flores as DC in New England. With Chad O’Shea moving up to OC, the Patriots will transition well from Patricia/McDaniels.

  2. Not sure how this move would make the Cards a better team next year, considering their defense was pretty darn good this last year and they were ranked better than the Panthers defense.

  3. Steve Wilks would be an Excellent hire as Head-Coach, and with Arizona having an elite defense that is one of the leagues best & absolutely loaded, Steve Wilks would take that defense to the next level. Also rumor’d extremely bright offensive mind John DeFilipo will come along with him as his OC, which is great because DeFilipo is one of the best QB whisperers in the NFL. Only thing is I know for a fact Arizona is looking VERY HARD at Hiring John DeFilipo as the next Head-Coach as well, which also would be a GREAT Hire.

  4. Sean Murray says:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Not sure how this move would make the Cards a better team next year, considering their defense was pretty darn good this last year and they were ranked better than the Panthers defense.
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    Just because they hire a Defensive Head Coach doesn’t mean they cannot improve the offense greatly, they will bring in guys who know what they are doing offensively. As a matter of a fact a lot of the best offenses in the league have defensive head coach’s and the majority of the best teams in the NFL have Defensive-minded head coaches.

  5. No one wants to coach the Cards, except this guy. And that is Ron Rivera’s defense in Carolina…not Wilkes’. Not sure how this is even remotely good for AZ. seems like the only guy who wants the job though, so I guess that’s something.

  6. hawkkiller says:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Just because they hire a Defensive Head Coach doesn’t mean they cannot improve the offense greatly, they will bring in guys who know what they are doing offensively. As a matter of a fact a lot of the best offenses in the league have defensive head coach’s and the majority of the best teams in the NFL have Defensive-minded head coaches.
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    Yes agree, but if you cannot see what is going on with the cards then I cannot help you. They have no cap space, no offensive talent to compete anymore and their GM couldn’t draft his way out of a wet paper bag.

    This guy was the winner of the “Cards Biggest Loser” contest. Niners did the same thing when the only guys that would accept jobs with them were Dennis Erickson and Chip Kelly.

  7. sidehatchin says:
    January 22, 2018 at 11:13 am
    David Johnson was one heck of a draft pick by Steve Keim, wasn’t he?

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    yes, 1 good offensive pick out of how many drafts now?

  8. Ugadogs21 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 9:11 am
    I follow the Cards and its hard to tell if Wilks is the “FInal Survivor” or this week’s Rooney Rule flunky.
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    And this is why you need a Rooney Rule because people like you assume he’s an unqualified minority when in fact his credentials are equal to and even greater than Mike Vrabel’s (who will be an excellent head coach).

  9. David Johnson was one heck of a draft pick by Steve Keim, wasn’t he?

    yes, 1 good offensive pick out of how many drafts now?

    First of all, they’ve largely drafted defense at the top of the draft since Keim became GM, so your question is either uninformed or intentionally obtuse. You know, defensive starters like Deone Bucannon, Markus Golden, Tyrann Mathieu, Haasan Reddick, Budda Baker, not to mention starters who they let walk to keep the cap low such as Alex Okafor and Kevin Minter. Secondly, you’re calling David Johnson “good” when he’s a top 3 RB in the entire league. Third, they’ve drafted the following starters: David Humphries, David Johnson, John Brown, Andre Ellington, J.J. Nelson and Troy Niklas.

  10. @sidehatchin

    none of those players are much to do about anything. As far as Johnson, he has had 1 good season and the other 2 nothing. Takes more than 1 year to be considered a good player.

    Markus Golden – how many sacks did he have this past season?
    Haasan Reddick – a reach and average so far.
    Alex Okafor – never panned out with cards.
    Kevin Minter – same.
    David Humphries – who?
    David Johnson – 1 good season out of 3. might not be the same player after his injury.
    John Brown – injury prone and only 1 good season, the rest zilch.
    Andre Ellington – one good season.
    J.J. Nelson – 3 seasons and none of them anything spectacular.
    Niklas – has done zero!

  11. Hahahaha, David Johnson, one good season out of 3? Go troll somewhere else. He was a key part of the 2015 playoff run during his rookie season, then had a record-setting 2016 season.
    Okafor’s a starter for the Saints. Cards let him go because they didn’t need him anymore, and he angered the coach by getting injured before a playoff game.
    Haasan Reddick – had a great rookie season. You should really watch the games.
    Kevin Minter – was a good ILB, but the Cards didn’t want to pay him so he’s starting in Cincy now. Doesn’t mean he can’t play.
    DJ Humphries – starting tackle for the Cards
    JJ Nelson and John Brown – added depth at WR, both have lightning speed
    Buddha Baker – one of the best second rounders according to PFF
    Tyrann Mathieu – you intentionally left him out. We all know why.

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