Steve Wilks wants to make sure next job has some longevity

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Steve Wilks has been fired twice in the last two years, but he’ll avoid the same fate after the 2020 season comes to an end.

Wilks was fired after one year as the Cardinals head coach in 2018 and lost his job as the Browns defensive coordinator after Cleveland decided Freddie Kitchens would also be one-and-done as a head coach. He spoke with former Panthers boss Ron Rivera about a job in Washington and also communicated with the Jets, but Wilks is still being paid by Arizona and he’ll be taking the year off before trying to get back into the league.

“When you go through two years like I did, you want to make sure that the next [job] is gonna have some longevity. You don’t want to go into a situation where there may be some speculation there, and all of a sudden you find yourself [and] it’s three years in a row,” Wilks said, via Joseph Person of TheAthletic.com. “Just really the thing about this league, there’s not really a lot of patience anymore. You’ve got to win now. I definitely want to get back into it as quickly as possible.”

Wilks, who remains in Cleveland with his family, plans to spend the year watching film and visiting teams during camp in order to keep up with the game ahead of what he hopes will be the start of a more successful run in 2021.

9 responses to “Steve Wilks wants to make sure next job has some longevity

  1. Yeah, well, don’t we all? I think this is why these kinds of bozos DON’T keep jobs and are probably not the best hires in the first place. A little entitled, expectations from the employer a bit too much.

  2. Wilks is a good guy. But this is the Peter Principal: rising with promotions for doing a good, but ending up above your peak ability. What’s wrong with failing at the highest level, and going back to do a good job at a lower level? We need a healthier perspective on success.

  3. As a Cards fan, here’s hoping he lands somewhere in our division. The guy insists on employing “his system”, even if he does not have the players to properly enact that system. Plus, he seems totally…and I mean totally…incapable of making in-game adjustments.

    He virtually destroyed the Cards defense, even though that was their strongest element prior to his arrival. They went from being a Top Five defense in the NFL to a total free-fall in the standings. And note that the team rebounded nicely once he was let go…it doesn’t take a genius to decipher that writing on the wall.

    He is just what our opponents need…

  4. Still being paid by the Cardinals? Must be nice. If he wasn’t, I’m sure he’d be singing a different tune.

  5. Shouldn’t never left the Panthers chasing a HC job in Arizona when they have a notorious bad record of replacing coaches on a drop of a dime! Lessons learned!!!

  6. Maybe Steve would find the job security n longnevity that he seekw if he didn’t suck so bad at his job

  7. Shouldn’t never left the Panthers chasing a HC job in Arizona when they have a notorious bad record of replacing coaches on a drop of a dime! Lessons learned!!!

    ——
    LOL Bruce Arians and Ken Whisenhunt were the team’s only 2 coaches for 10 years. How is that a “notorious bad record of replacing coaches on a drop of a dime” exactly?

    Wilks was fired because he wrecked the defense and uses a Madden playbook from 1993 for offensive strategy.

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