Missouri Tigers DC, former-NFL HC Steve Wilks joins the Carolina Panthers staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina PanthersCoach Matt Rhule has added a lot of NFL experience to his defense team with new secondary pass game coordinator Steve Wilks. Wilks was previously employed by the organization for six years under Ron Rivera.

On Wednesday, Wilks, a Charlotte native was included in the team's agreement.

Wilks was interviewed also for the New York GiantsA source said that the job of defensive coordinator will be filled by Don “Wink”, Martindale.

Last season, Wilks was the University of Missouri's defensive coordinator.

Wilks (52), was the head coach of the Carolina secondary team from 2012 through 2016, and then was promoted to defensive coordination in 2017. Wilks, 52, was the coach of the secondary at Carolina from 2012 to 2016, before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017. Arizona CardinalsHe was fired from the following:

Brian Flores' suit against the NFL and three other teams — the Giants — mentions Wilks' firing following one season. Denver Broncos Miami Dolphins— Alleging racial discrimination during the hiring of head coach. After the Cardinals' lone season of 3-13, Wilks was fired. Flores' lawsuit stated that Wilks' replacement Kliff Kingbury was 5-10-1 but had been given more time to develop and manage the team.

Wilks was Cleveland Browns‘ defensive coordinator in 2019.

He will succeed Jason Simmons who made a lateral transfer to the Las Vegas RaidersTo become the defensive passing team coordinator.

Rhule still needs to have a coach for wide receivers. Frisman Jackson has recently left Pittsburgh to take up a similar position.

After going 5-11 and 5-12 his first two seasons, Rhule has steadily added NFL experience to his team. Paul Pasqualoni (72 years old) was his new defensive line coach. James Campen, former New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo, was his offensive coach.

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