The search for a successor to Bruce Arians is over for the Arizona Cardinals as the team announced on Monday evening that Steve Wilks is to take over as the new Head Coach of the franchise.
The former Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, with the team owning a fifth-year option to make him their successor to Bruce Arians, following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Season.
A long-time coach in the NFL, Steve Wilks had been with the Carolina Panthers from 2012; working as a defensive backs coach for several seasons before taking up the reigns of their defence for 2017 following the loss of Sean McDermott to the Buffalo Bills.
With Carolina operating a 4-3 defence and the Cardinals running a 3-4, there’s bound to be changes afoot on that side of the ball to accommodate Wilks’ defence.
Also there’s a question over who will run the offensive side of the ball. Reports suggest that Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Coach John DeFilippo could be a potential Offensive Coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.
Wilks will be introduced at a press conference at the team’s facility on Tuesday.
— Tom’s Thoughts —
Whilst there was no rush in needing to hire a new Head Coach, it’s great that the Arizona Cardinals have settled on the guy who they think can take them over that final hurdle and bring Arizona its first Lombardi Trophy.
There were plenty of options for the franchise to explore and rightfully they have taken their time when every other HC-less franchise has chosen their next guy.
The lack of Head Coaching experience concerns many, but not me. They’ve all got to start somewhere so why not Arizona? If he’s a success, people will soon get behind him. If not, well, they can gloat all they want…
I’m excited to see where the franchise goes under Wilks’ leadership, so give him time and don’t judge him just yet.
I know I won’t.