Panthers to promote Eric Washington to defensive coordinator

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23 January, 2018

The Cardinals boast a talented secondary led by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

Wilks took on the same role with the Chargers and eventually the Panthers, where he has coached since 2012.

On Monday morning Wilks was closing in on a deal to become the next coach of the Arizona Cardinals, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

After Sean McDermott left to coach the Buffalo Bills following the 2016 campaign, Carolina promoted Wilks to his current spot. Arizona could have interviewed them again this week, but the timing of hiring a coach who is in the middle of a Super Bowl run is tricky and hardly guaranteed.

Wilks has a humble beginning.

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Wilks becomes the main man for the Cardinals after only one year as a coordinator, leading the Carolina defense for one season.

He was only there for a year, though, coaching for eight teams in as many years. He has worked primarily as a defensive backs coach, with stops in both Chicago and San Diego. That was his first position with the Panthers. He became Carolina's assistant head coach in 2015 and defensive coordinator previous year. Arians was closer to Mike Zimmer in terms of being a name who'd been bandied about but never actually given a real shot for a head-coaching job.

Prior to his time in the NFL Wilks was an assistant coach for 11 years at the collegiate level, including stints at Notre Dame and Washington.

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