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Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (48) / 8/8/1969

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Panthers DC Steve Wilks is interviewing a second time for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.
Wilks' reported plan is to bring along Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, which probably makes Wilks more attractive. DeFilippo is a rising star in the coaching ranks and has also interviewed for the Cardinals' head job. DeFilippo would be unable to bring Wilks with him as DC since it's not a promotion for Wilks. Falcons STs coach Keith Armstrong is also interviewing Friday. The favorite for the Cardinals' opening remains pretty unclear. Jan 19 - 10:15 AM

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Panthers DC Steve Wilks interviewed for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

The Titans announced the interview on social media. Wilks is the team's second interview after Texans DC Mike Vrabel. Next up is Rams OC Matt LaFleur.
Jan 18 - 6:48 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks' interview for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy has been postponed.

Wilks was slated to meet with Tennessee on Wednesday but snow threw a wrench in that plan. The Titans also have sit-downs scheduled with Rams OC Matt LaFleur and Texans DC Mike Vrabel.
Jan 17 - 6:38 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks is still "in the mix" for the Cardinals' head coaching vacancy.

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur was reportedly the favorite in Arizona, but he appears poised to take over the Giants job. That would open the door for Wilks, who Breer reports would bring Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo with him as offensive coordinator. Wilks will also interview for the Titans, where he presumably will make the same pitch.
Source: MMQB
Jan 16 - 10:09 AM

The Titans will interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks for their head-coaching job.

Wilks has drawn interest from the Giants, Cardinals, and Colts, although he forewent an interview with Indy because he believed they were more committed to hiring an offensive-minded coach, which appears correct with the Josh McDaniels marriage all but consummated. At very least, the Titans would satisfy the Rooney Rule by interviewing Wilks. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora says Wilks landing with the Cardinals is also a "real possibility."
Jan 15 - 4:45 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks "has the support" of Giants GM Dave Gettleman.

The Giants have reportedly narrowed their list to Vikings OC Pat Shurmur and Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, but McDaniels looks headed to the Colts while Shurmur is also the top candidate in Arizona. If both decide to take other jobs, Wilks would seemingly be the next in line despite not having the head coaching or coordinating experience Giants ownership reportedly covets. What he does have is an ally in Gettleman, who he built a strong relationship with during their time together in Carolina.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 9:53 AM

The New York Post's Paul Schwartz reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks, Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo, and ex-Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville are out of the running for the Giants' head-coaching job.

Wilks was once considered one of the favorites, largely in part to his connection to GM Dave Gettleman from their Carolina days. Wilks looks like he's going to be back with the Panthers, since he opted not to interview with the Colts and hasn't seemed much in the running for the Cardinals and Lions' gigs. Spagnuolo and Studesville were always extreme long shots. The Giants are reportedly zeroed in on Matt Patricia, with Josh McDaniels and Pat Shurmur also still in the mix.
Jan 12 - 12:14 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks will forego his planned interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy.

Per Rapsheet, Wilks believes the Colts are locked in on hiring an offensive-minded coach. Wilks is considered one of the favorites for the Giants' opening, and has also interviewed in Arizona. Skipping his Indy interview could also be a sign Wilks believes he will land one of the other two jobs.
Jan 11 - 8:17 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Patriots DC Matt Patricia "appear to be" the favorites for the Giants' head coaching job.

Patricia interviewed for the job last week and Wilks met with the Giants on Tuesday, an interview which included EVP Steve Tisch. Reports suggest Patricia will end up in Detroit with ex-Patriots personnel man Bob Quinn, a move which would leave the Giants' job open to Wilks if he wants it. Wilks has also interviewed with the Cardinals and is expected to meet with the Colts.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 10:25 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks will interview with the Giants on Tuesday and Cardinals on Wednesday.

To top it all off, he will interview with the Colts on Thursday. Ron Rivera's top defensive assistant has also been linked to the Lions.
Jan 8 - 1:37 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks is expected to interview for the Giants' head coaching vacancy early this week.

The interview was originally expected to happen on Monday, but Wilks is taking a day following the Panthers' disappointing loss in the Wild Card round. After that game, coach Ron Rivera sounded like he expects Wilks to land a lead job this cycle. In addition to the Giants, Wilks has been linked with the Cardinals, Lions, Colts, and Bears.
Jan 8 - 10:43 AM

The Giants plan to interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks next week.

Broncos RB coach Eric Studesville is also scheduled to meet with the Giants. Wilks has been connected to every team but the Raiders, with interview requests from Detroit, Indy, and Chicago. Vikings OC Pat Shurmur and Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia interviewed with the Giants this weekened.
Jan 6 - 6:55 PM

The Cardinals will interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks for their head-coaching vacancy.

Wilks has now been connected to every open job aside from the Raiders. Wilks was interviewed by the Rams last year, essentially putting his name on the map. He then guided the Panthers to a seventh-place finish in total defense, while also coming in at No. 7 in Football Outsiders' defense DVOA. 2017 was Wilks' first season as defensive coordinator after coaching the DBs.
Jan 5 - 10:37 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks has received head-coaching interview requests from the Lions, Colts, Giants and Bears.'s Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are also expected to reach out. Finishing up his first year as Panthers coordinator, Wilks oversaw a defense that tallied 2017's third-most sacks (50), erased the run and largely stymied the pass. Wilks was last a head coach for small-school Savannah State in 1999.
Jan 1 - 1:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions have requested an interview with Panthers DC Steve Wilks.

The theme of the Lions' early coaching candidates is easy to spot -- they also want to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia and Texans DC Mike Vrabel. Wilks has just one year of coordinating experience at the NFL level after taking over for Sean McDermott this season, but he has been the assistant head coach in Carolina since 2015.
Jan 1 - 9:52 AM

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