Steve Wilks Named Panthers DC: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

January 13, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Two days after the Buffalo Bills agreed to hire Sean McDermott as their head coach, the Carolina Panthers moved to fill their vacancy at defensive coordinator when they promoted assistant head coach and defensive backs coach Steve Wilks to McDermott's old post, according to Bryan Strickland of the team's official website. 
Wilks has served as a member of the Panthers' coaching staff ever since he was hired in 2012 to coach defensive backs, and he made a strong impression by coaching up a position group that has made opponents pay repeatedly over the past five seasons. 
As Strickland noted, the Panthers rank tied for first in the NFL with 13 interceptions returned for touchdowns since 2012. 
With regard to what Wilks' promotion means for the future of the defense, not much is expected to change from a schematic perspective. 
The Panthers will continue to operate in a base 4-3 defense, according to the Charlotte Observer's Joe P...

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