15 Facts About Steve Wilks


Steven Bernard Wilks was born on August 8,1969 and is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League.


Steve Wilks was the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.


Steve Wilks has been the defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers, and the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns and Missouri.


Steve Wilks played defensive back from 1987 to 1991 at Appalachian State.


Steve Wilks played one year in the Arena Football League for the Charlotte Rage as a wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.


Steve Wilks was hired by the Chicago Bears as defensive backs coach on February 16,2006.


Steve Wilks was hired as defensive backs coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2009 when former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera moved to the same position in San Diego.

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Steve Wilks was promoted to assistant head coach in 2015.


Steve Wilks was Pro Football Focus's second runner up to their Secondary Coach of the Year award.


Steve Wilks interviewed with the New York Giants who had hired his former boss in Carolina, ex-Panthers general manager David Gettleman.


On January 22,2018, Steve Wilks was hired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, replacing Bruce Arians, who initially retired after the 2017 season before coming out of retirement in early 2019 to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


On January 14,2019, Steve Wilks was hired by the Cleveland Browns to be their defensive coordinator under head coach Freddie Kitchens.


Steve Wilks was not retained under new head coach Kevin Stefanski.


On January 21,2021, Steve Wilks was hired by the University of Missouri as their defensive coordinator under head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.


On October 10,2022 after Rhule was fired, Steve Wilks was named the Panthers' interim head coach for the remainder of the season.