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Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (49) / 8/8/1969

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When asked about the team's defensive scheme, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
This would suggest Wilks is open to keeping the 3-4 defense used under former former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher. That's surprising considering Wilks came from a 4-3 scheme in Carolina and is bringing along Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator. Standing pat with a 3-4 base would likely come as good news to Chandler Jones, who has thrived since moving to outside linebacker (28 sacks over his last two seasons). Jan 23 - 2:31 PM

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According to Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is expected to hire Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator.

Wilks and Holcomb worked together in Carolina for five years and are poised to continue their partnership in Arizona. Holcomb has coached in the league as a position coach since 2009 but this would be his first stint as a coordinator. The Cardinals will likely transition to a 4-3 base, which is the same scheme Wilks and Holcomb used in Carolina. If Wilks does indeed bring Holcomb along as his defensive coordinator, it would leaves James Bettcher out of a job.
Jan 22 - 2:34 PM

Cardinals hired ex-Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach.

The deal has yet to be announced, but there are enough reports to make it official. Wilks has just one season of coordinating experience, but he was the assistant head coach in Carolina before that and clearly wowed the Cardinals during the interview process. Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb is expected to join Wilks in Arizona as his defensive coordinator, and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo has been linked with the offensive coordinator job.
Jan 22 - 12:26 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals are "closing in on a deal" with Panthers DC Steve Wilks to be their next head coach.

This matches a report from's Bill Voth, who said Monday he would "be shocked" if Wilks does not land the job in Arizona. According to Somers, the Cardinals no longer plan to conduct a second interview with Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores or Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo, a sure sign they have made their decision. DeFilippo is expected to be a candidate for offensive coordinator if (when) Wilks lands the job.
Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

Bill Voth of said he would "be shocked" if Panthers DC Steve Wilks does not land the Cardinals' head coaching job.

The only true vacancy left, the Cardinals have cast a wide net, bringing in several candidates for second interviews, but it sounds like they are zeroing in on Wilks. If he gets the job, Wilks is expected to target Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as his offensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 8:53 AM

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

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

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