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Red Sea Review: Steve Wilks' Arrival

Red Sea Review: Steve Wilks' Arrival

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SUMMARY

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. READ MORE

WILKS MAKES IT OFFICIAL

CAREER COACHING HISTORY

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TEAMYEAR(S)POSITION
Johnson C. Smith1995-1996Defensive coordinator
Savannah State1997-1998Defensive coordinator
Savannah State1999Head coach
Illinois State2000Defensive backs coach
Appalachian State2001Defensive backs coach
East Tennessee State2002Defensive coordinator
Bowling Green2003Defensive backs coach
Notre Dame2004Defensive backs coach
Washington Redskins2005Secondary coach
Chicago Bears2006-2008Defensive backs coach
San Diego Chargers2009-2011Defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers2012-2014Defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers2015-2016Assistant head coach/defensive backs coach
Carolina Panthers2017Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator

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THREE POINTS

  1. 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.​
  2. 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.
  3. 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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CARDS WEEKLY

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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​FIVE FACTS

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