Steve Wilks

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Steve Wilks
Arizona Cardinals
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1969-08-08) August 8, 1969 (age 48)
Career information
College: Appalachian State
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:

NCAA: 5–6 (.455)

NFL: 0–0 (–)

Steven Bernard Wilks (born August 8, 1969) is an American football coach who is the current head coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). From 2012 to 2017, Wilks worked as a defensive coach for the Carolina Panthers.

College career[edit]

Wilks played defensive back from 1987 to 1991 at Appalachian State.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Wilks played one year in the AFL for the Charlotte Rage as a wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Wilks served as Head Football Coach at Savannah State College for one season (1999) and compiled a record of 5-6.[3]

Wilks was hired by the Chicago Bears on February 16, 2006.[1] The Bears announced on December 30, 2008, that they had fired Wilks.[4]

Wilks was not unemployed for long, however. He was hired as defensive backs coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2009 when former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera moved to the same position in San Diego.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

When Rivera became head coach of the Panthers, he hired Wilks as secondary coach on January 15, 2012. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2015. He was Pro Football Focus's second runner up to their Secondary Coach of the Year award.[5]

In the 2015 season, Wilks and the Panthers reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[6]

After Sean McDermott left to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Wilks was promoted to defensive coordinator.

After the 2017 season, Wilks was an extremely hot commodity for teams in need of new head coaches. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, teams were impressed by Wilks' interview with the Los Angeles Rams in the previous offseason before they eventually hired Sean McVay. Wilks interviewed with the New York Giants and his former boss in Carolina, ex-Panthers general manager David Gettleman.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On January 22, 2018, Wilks was hired to be the next head coach for the Arizona Cardinals.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Savannah State (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1999)
1999 Savannah State 5–6 3–4
Savannah State: 5–6 3–4
Total: 5–6


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARI 2018 - - - - - in NFC West - - - -