Washington promoted to Panthers defensive coordinator

Lynette Rowe
January 23, 2018

Azcentral's Kent Somers is reporting the Cardinals and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks are "closing in on a deal" to make him the next Cardinals coach.

Washington has spent the last seven years as the Panthers defensive line coach and had a very successful run, as no defense has had more sacks than Carolina since the 2012-13 campaign.

Wilks replaces the colorful and outspoken Bruce Arians, who retired after five seasons and compiled a franchise-record 50 victories. In 2017, he was their defensive coordinator after two seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.

Arizona finished the year 8 and 8. Wilks said he studied the process McDermott went through as preparation for a similar situation.

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There had been reports that the Cards might still have second interviews with Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, but those did not come to fruition after Wilks' strong second interview Friday with Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim. I'm pretty sure most know this.

Bryan Cox Sr., an National Football League linebacker for 12 seasons and an National Football League defensive line coach for 10 years, steered his son toward Washington.

"This is not really a rebuild, this is a retool", Wilks told azcardinals.com, the Cardinals' website. But when you turn on the tape you see the physicality, you see the hand placement, you see the pad level.

Well, Washington will be getting a raise in his new role ... and maybe an even bigger one with his next move, if recent history is any indication.

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