Red Sea Review: Steve Wilks' Arrival

Posted Jan 26, 2018

Review the key stories and content from Wilks' first week as head coach of the Cardinals


    On Monday, the Cardinals named Steve Wilks, the Panthers defensive coordinator, their new head coach after Bruce Arians retired earlier this month. Wilks, 48, signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth season.

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Career Coaching History

Johnson C. Smith 1995-1996 Defensive coordinator
Savannah State 1997-1998 Defensive coordinator
Savannah State 1999 Head coach
Illinois State 2000 Defensive backs coach
Appalachian State 2001 Defensive backs coach
East Tennessee State 2002 Defensive coordinator
Bowling Green 2003 Defensive backs coach
Notre Dame 2004 Defensive backs coach
Washington Redskins 2005 Secondary coach
Chicago Bears 2006-2008 Defensive backs coach
San Diego Chargers 2009-2011 Defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers 2012-2014 Defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers 2015-2016 Assistant head coach / defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers 2017 Assistant head coach / defensive coordinator

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    The Panthers finished in the top-10 in total defense in five of Wilks’ six seasons with the team. Last year in Wilks’ first as defensive coordinator the Panthers went from 21st overall in 2016 to 7th in ’17.


    Wilks has coached in two Super Bowls: In 2015 with the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and in 2006 with Chicago in Super Bowl XLI. In that season with the Bears, Chicago led the NFL with 44 takeaways.


    In Wilks’ first year as defensive coordinator in 2017, the Panthers finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (317.1 ypg), third in sacks (50), and third in run defense (88.1 ypg).

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You heard certain things of him walking in the door, with his intensity and leadership skills ... and he backed up everything we had heard about him.

- Michael Bidwill

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