Steve Wilks will become Browns’ defensive coordinator

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Steve Wilks wasn’t out of work long.

The Browns have hired Wilks as defensive coordinator, per multiple reports, and are expected to introduce him Monday.

The Cardinals fired him as head coach Dec. 31 after only one season as head coach. The Cardinals finished 3-13, their worst record in 31 years in Arizona.

He joins Freddie Kitchens’ staff, along with Todd Monken, who reportedly will become the team’s offensive coordinator. James Campen is leaving the Packers to become the Browns’ associate head coach/offensive line.

Wilks, 49, served as defensive backs coach and later defensive coordinator for the Panthers. The Cardinals gave him his first head coaching job, but it didn’t last long.

Now, he’s on the move again, replacing Gregg Williams.

12 responses to “Steve Wilks will become Browns’ defensive coordinator

  1. How is it that a black coach gets 1 year as head coach with a rookie QB on a bad team. 5 black coaches fired and NONE hired as head coaches this year in a 70% black player league. What’s wrong with this picture?

  2. skawh says:
    January 13, 2019 at 9:45 pm
    How is it that a black coach gets 1 year as head coach with a rookie QB on a bad team. 5 black coaches fired and NONE hired as head coaches this year in a 70% black player league. What’s wrong with this picture?
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    Worst record in 31 years. Did that not say enough? Teams playing their back up qb did better.

  3. With Wilks as DC….get ready for a lot of missed assignments, blown coverages and guys in the wrong gaps. This guy is way overrated. Didn’t take long for Arizona to find that out. He is not DC material.

  4. hendricks83 says:
    January 13, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    With Wilks as DC….get ready for a lot of missed assignments, blown coverages and guys in the wrong gaps. This guy is way overrated. Didn’t take long for Arizona to find that out. He is not DC material.
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    Well if that’s the case he was hired by the right team then!

  5. Their defense better run the 4-3 because as we saw here in AZ, Wilks took a defense that was the team’s best facet, and he destroyed it converting it from the 3-4 to the 4-3 regardless of the fact that he didn’t have the players for it.

    As the defense got beat week after week, he showed absolutely no ability to adjust or change, and often kept the best defenders on the sideline because he didn’t feel they complimented his 4-3 scheme.

    Thank God he is gone, and is some one else’s headache now.

  6. He runs a 4-3. That’s important despite what some media and football folks say. Browns have the personnel for a 4-3 and need to keep it that way.

    Other than that, I don’t see a connection between him and anyone in the Browns FO or coaching staff. Wonder if he was just the last 4-3 DC candidate with HC experience available.

  7. The Jets and Browns are building powerful coaching staffs. You could say Kitchens and Gase are still young head coaches, but they have more experience/connections with the league unlike the other hires teams made and they are taking advantage of it.

  8. The Browns have a defense full of high round draft picks whose version of underperforming still resulted in two pro bowlers a rookie of the year candidate and leading the league in creating turnovers. That was playing BADLY (ranked in the bottom five in the league).

    Most of the time a coordinator fails at head coach isn’t because that coordinator did anything wrong. Even Greg Williams said head coaching is easier than being a coordinator when introduced as Browns interim head coach then after everyone laughed at him for saying that since he was a failed head coach in Buffalo went on to go 5-3 with the Browns. People call Hue Jackson the worst coach ever but the second he actually had a good roster given to him he easily should have started the season 4-0 had Dorsey not kept Sashi Browns draft bust kicker.

    The problem is these coordinators are so excited to become head coaches that they willingly take on dumpster fire teams run by terrible owners and GM’s where they have 0 chance of success thanks to poor management just to get the job. Sean McVay and Bill Bellichick wouldn’t have done squat with the 0-16 Browns or Lions teams. We know this because Bellichick thought he could and signed then cut several skill players from that Browns team and Josh Gordon was the only one who saw game day action and even that didn’t work out.

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