How long will Steve Wilks survive in Arizona?

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On one hand, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks deserves credit for realizing that offensive coordinator Mike McCoy needed to go. On the other hand, Wilks hired him.

Yes, for the second straight year, a first-year head coach with a defensive background has decided in the first season after hiring McCoy to run the offense that he should be fired. (Broncos coach Vance Joseph did it in 2017.) For Wilks, whose 1-6 Cardinals were blown off the field last night, the question becomes whether he’s next.

One-and-done firings aren’t all that rare, and if Cardinals president Michael Bidwill decides to hire a new G.M. after the season, Bidwill may decide to let the new G.M. hire a new coach. Given the stunning decline of the franchise in the aftermath of the retirements of quarterback Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians, could Bidwill decide to fire Wilks during his first season?

It would be stunning if not unprecedented. But with a home game looming in nine days against the 49ers followed by the annual bye, the bell could soon be tolling for Wilks, in theory.

Ultimately, the question could hinge on how the Cardinals respond to the 35-point home loss and the appointment of Byron Leftwich to run the offense on an interim basis. A blowout loss to a team that likely will be 1-6 when it arrives in Arizona next weekend (a team the Cardinals beat earlier this year) could be the last straw for a franchise that had good reason to be brimming with pride over its accomplishments not that long ago.

Think of it this way: If it’s fair for Wilks to decide after seven games that he hired the wrong guy to run the offense, it would be fair for the Cardinals to make the same decision about Wilks after eight. And maybe they will.

33 responses to “How long will Steve Wilks survive in Arizona?

  1. They shouldn’t have hired a HC whose defensive philosophies don’t fit the talent that’s already on the team. They have some good parts already there, the guy they put in there to manage it should be able to take the talent and work with it.

  2. “and if Cardinals president Michael Bidwill decides to hire a new G.M. after the season …”

    Is Keim on the hot seat? I guess if the team you assembled is 1-6 and you were recently suspended for a DUI arrest, it’s possible.

  3. “People don’t realize that Arizona has one of the six or seven best defenses in football”

    After Draft analysis from Sports Illustrated. LOL!

  4. the only thing stunning was keim hiring him in the first place. wilks is completely in over his head and keim should be fired for such a bad hire.

  5. The problem here is that there’s not really a strong candidate to take over. If Les Steckel could survive his year in Minnesota, Wilks will survive his year in Hell/Phoenix.

  6. It never ceases to amaze me that men will spend their entire lives working in football, learning to coach, becoming so successful and expert at their craft that they will be hired for one of only 32 existing top positions in a multi-billion dollar industry – and then fail completely.

  7. This is uncharacteristic of the Cardinals franchise. Over the last 15 years they have been one of the most professional organizations in the league from top to bottom, in the office and on the field. I have a lot more respect for them than either the Rams or 49ers as a franchise. I have a feeling that whatever is going on in the organization will be addressed in short order.

  8. I think they’re making the switch to Leftwich too early. Give the kid Rosen a chance. It’s not his fault the OC was fired. Leftwich is only gonna get hurt behind that line anyway with his unusually long throwing motion.

  9. How many ways can a team lose,…..offensive……defense…..special teams? The Cards tried all of them last night. Everything looked flawed at some point. This is not a well oiled machine. There is something missing in this team. Maybe you can call it passion… or spirit… or heart… or confidence in what they are doing. It could also be a lack of faith in coaching ability. But, there is something missing! It’s a shame it showed up on a nationally televised game. It’s time to reevaluate everything, and start over if necessary. Wipe the slate clean and build for the future. That future starts now!

  10. Long enough to sink any hopes of Rosen becoming a good NFL QB. They’ve set the stage for Rosen to be entering his 2nd season already having had 3 OCs. (McCoy, interim Leftwich and whoever becomes the permanent replacement.)

  11. This season is a lost cause but it’s too soon to fire the guy. He should be allowed to finish the season and be evaluated. If the team doesn’t show significant improvement, he should be gone.

  12. I think the presence of a rookie QB could earn him another year, using the “He’s still developing” excuse for not winning.

    On the other hand, look how much better Jared Goff (a division rival QB) became his 2nd year when they hired an offensive-minded coach.

  13. fordmandalay says:
    October 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me that men will spend their entire lives working in football, learning to coach, becoming so successful and expert at their craft that they will be hired for one of only 32 existing top positions in a multi-billion dollar industry – and then fail completely.

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    …and quickly! Amazing how often it happens. Peter Principle is true in the NFL. Keep getting promoted until you reach a job you can’t do.

  14. When I need to fix my offense, I think Byron. When I need someone to lead young men to glory, the name is Leftwich. This is the most obvious, slam dunk hire in history.

  15. Why is Bill Belichick so successful as a coach even tho he loses good players every year? Because he evaluates what talent he does have and creates schemes that utilize their strengths. Wilks and many other new coaches come in and try to force their system on to a team and make the players fit. It’s never going to work. The Cards have talented players that just aren’t being utilized to make them successful on both sides of the ball.

  16. Think of it this way: If it’s fair for Wilks to decide after seven games that he hired the wrong guy to run the offense, it would be fair for the Cardinals to make the same decision about Wilks after eight.

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    Absolutely not.

    The Cardinals hired a younger first time head coach whose forte is defense. The Cardinals have to allow Wilks to make a mistake on the offensive side of the ball. The Cardinals offense (the D has 2 touchdowns) is averaging only 11 points per game. That’s horrendous. No team can win in the NFL averaging just 11 points per game. A change obviously needed to be made.

  17. Did Cardinals fans really not see this coming? They have no o-line, and they signed a QB who gets hurt all the time and isn’t mobile. The second option was to stick a rookie qb behind it, who is going to be running for his life while trying to learn the position. The third option is Glennon, and as a Bears fan I can tell you that isn’t really even an option if you want a functional offense. And Mike McCoy was hired to run it. Everything about this offense coming into the season screamed trainwreck. They do have talented skill position players, but that’s like having a nice looking sports car with no engine and a bent frame. This season is shot. Judge the coach on if the team quits on him and if there isn’t growth. But you can’t tell that 7 weeks into the job.

  18. Problem is that Wilks should still be a defensive coordinator. Kiem needs to be fired but let Wilks take the bullets this year. Rosen was a horrible choice…maybe they need to go qb again next draft.

  19. Clara gives a record QB deal to a ice princess who hasn’t even played a whole NFL season with out getting injured and once again are jockeying for a top 5 pick but Arizona is the team taking all the heat. First thing Arizona should do is move on from ‘won’t tackle’ Peterson. This type of business decision mentality from your best defensive player permeates the locker room.

  20. He’ll finish out the season. Then he and Keim will be gone–unless Bidwell is even dumber than he appears.

  21. Remember that the Cardinals had a hard time getting a coach. Many they were interested in passed us up. I think he stays after this year unless a better option presents itself.

    Also, Keim has shown to be bad at drafting. Not many of our picks are sticking. The talent evaluators need to be evaluated as well.

  22. amaf21 says:
    October 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    the only thing stunning was keim hiring him in the first place. wilks is completely in over his head and keim should be fired for such a bad hire.

    I said the same thing last year about Elway/Joseph

  23. Tackling is without a doubt a lost art in the NFL!

    How many times have we seen a D player go for the strip instead of the tackle and let the ball carrier get an extra 3, 5, 15yds or a TD……………… Peterson? Too many to count, my god DC’s will you please go back to teaching the fundamentals, this new style of D where the defensive players are ALWAYS trying to strip the football instead of just tackling the ball carrier is sickening, it’s like watching Pee-Wee football!

  24. Glad Leftwich is the new offensive coordinator; if he can get things going and run David between the tackles and in the slot, we can get things going offensively. Dump Wilks, hire Leftwich as the coach, bring back the 3-4 and some of Arians’ coaching staff. Rosen does more 1-on-1 with Byron Leftwich than any coach on the team. It won’t be a bad idea if we keep the foundation of the Arians-Palmer era, which is fear-less playy-calling and a mean 3-4 defense.

  25. Steve Wilks is a buffoon who should never be a head coach at any level of football, especially the NFL. The Cardinals need to cut the cord, write off 2018 and turn their attention to hiring a top-notch head coach for 2019.

    Rosen is going to be beaten to a bloody pulp behind an offensive line which is easily the worst in the NFL. The Cardinals haven’t had a decent offensive line since Dan Dierdorf and Conrad Dobler were protecting Jim Hart in St. Louis under Don Coryell.

  26. Knee jerk reaction! People love to be negative, but don’t know what they’re talking about, just all based on emotions.

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