Steve Wilks was originally set up to interview for the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching job, but that won't be happening.
Seven of the nine coaches that Arizona has interviewed in its coaching search remain busy: Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Pats linebackers coach Brian Flores and Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong.
Wilks, 48, met with the Cardinals and the Giants earlier this week. They plan to speak with recently fired Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville on Wednesday. Wilks does have a connection to the Giants, as their new general manager, Dave Gettleman, previously was GM for the Panthers.
The Panthers' defensive coordinator brought his aggressive style of defense to Carolina this season after taking over for Sean McDermott. They were third in the league with 50 sacks. He coached 11 seasons on the collegiate level, working as a defensive backs coach, defensive coordinator and head coach. And we don't have any preconceived notion about whether it has to be an offensive or a defensive coach.
"I think he gets guys to relate to him, get on the same page, get on the same scheme", Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson said Monday as the Panthers cleaned out their lockers. Just his whole personality. "He's a good coach for that".
This is the second year in a row Wilks has drawn head-coaching interest.