Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cardinals sign Steve Wilks to 4-year deal to replace Bruce Arians

Cardinals sign Steve Wilks to 4-year deal to replace Bruce Arians

The West Charlotte High graduate and former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was named the Arizona Cardinals' head coach Monday, his first in the NFL. And to say Wilks is qualified would be an understatement. Wilks, who served as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers last season, becomes the team's 10th head coach since the franchise moved to the desert in 1988.

Patrick Peterson, perennial Pro Bowl cornerback and a leader of the Arizona defense, tweeted simply "I LOVE IT". As a result, the Panthers were left with a pretty notable void going into the offseason, but they didn't take long to make a decision with defensive line coach Eric Washington. One of the top defensive backs in the game, it's not a surprise that Peterson would be excited about the hiring. Wilks is the Cardinals' second African-American coach (Denny Green was the first) and the only minority to get an National Football League head coaching job this hiring cycle.

Wilks will be introduced to the media during a press conference in Tempe on Tuesday. They were first in 2013, second in 2016 and third last season. He has one year of collegiate head coaching experience, at Savannah State in 1999. The Carolina Panthers made it to the playoffs before losing in the first round.

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At 48 years old, Wilks will bring the same aggressive style that Arians did in Arizona.

"I know that Steve is a hot commodity, deservedly so", Rivera said. "Him and Sean (McDermott) are two very good people who are very special to this organization". Arizona needs a quarterback after Carson Palmer retired and star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is considering leaving as well.

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