Bears Request To Interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks

The Bears have requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for their head coaching vacancy, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link).Steve Wilks (vertical)

Wilks, 48, has quickly emerged as one of the top head coaching candidates around the league despite offering just one year of coordinating experience. In his first season as Sean McDermott‘s replacement in Carolina, Wilks lead the Panthers to a No. 7 rating in defensive DVOA, while his unit also finished seventh in yards and 11th in scoring. That performance has to led to several other interview requests, as the Colts, Giants, and Lions have all sought to meet with Wilks.

The Bears have cast a wide net after firing head coach John Fox earlier this week, as Wilks will join Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as candidates for the Chicago job. Whomever lands the Bears head coaching gig will presumably ink a four-year contract in order to line up with general manager Ryan Pace, who was recently extended through the 2021 campaign.

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7 comments on “Bears Request To Interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks

  1. Rondon

    How would that hire do anything for Trubisky? And they would definitely lose Fangio.

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    • profhambone2
      profhambone2

      Truby isn’t the Great White Hope for the Bears. He is no Brady nor Brees nor Manning. Hopefully he will be a good manager and not screw up too much. The Offense on this team is terrible except for the running game and that depends on the always damaged line that has such threadbare depth. Defense is what leads Bears’ teams and this is what is happening right now…..Trestman 2 doesn’t sound like a great policy…

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  2. balloonknots

    NFC central – cold bad weather means good def typically beats good offense. Bears have a good young defense – he knows the bears organization and could develop that def to perennial juggernaut. Wilks is the right man for the job!

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    • Hen1CHC

      Flawed thought process, an elite defense is wasted with poor QB play, Trubisky still needs time and a coach that can progress him is the proper choice. @Rams @Eagles

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      • pullhitter445

        Pat shurmur, make it happen bears. Wish they could retain fangio

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