*Story updated per newest reports
After a tumultuous 2018 season, the Arizona Cardinals reportedly head into the offseason in need of a new head coach. Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Steve Wilks has notified his coaching staff that he will not be returning to the team for the 2019 season. The reveal is said to have happened during a routine meeting of the coaching staff. The Cardinals organization has not yet made any official statement regarding the report nor have they whether they will be keeping Wilks.
The Cardinals finished their season on Sunday with a loss in Seattle. Arizona’s loss dropped the team to a 3-13 record, the worst since the team moved from St. Louis. The Cardinals hold the top spot in April’s NFL Draft for the first time in 50 years, and are looking to add as much talent as possible after the team’s performance this season. Arizona also must contend with the unknown status of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The veteran receiver has not yet announced his plans for next season. Speculation continues that Sunday may have been his last game in an amazing career.
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Wilks served just one season as head coach in Arizona. In 2017 Wilks served as the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. In total, Wilks has coached at the NFL level since 2005, primarily coaching defensive backs. Wilks has coached for the Redskins, Bears,Chargers, and Panthers.
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