Cardinals coaching candidate Steve Wilks turns down interview with Colts

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

It doesn't mean that Wilks isn't qualified to be a head coach in the NFL, as his Carolina Panthers defensive unit was among one of the more stingier units in football last season, allowing the 11th fewest points per game at 20.4 avg. ppg.

Wilks was promoted in Carolina after Sean McDermott became Buffalo's coach a year ago.

Indianapolis has interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule and former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.

Wilks is one of the favorites to be the Giants' next head coach as his former general manager Dave Gettleman is now running New York's front office. He also interviewed for the Cardinals' vacant head coaching position on Wednesday ahead of his meeting with Indianapolis' front office.

Studesville, who was running backs coach for the Broncos from 2010-17 and with the Giants from 2001-03, was scheduled to interview last week but the Giants had to reschedule due to a snow storm. Wilks does have a connection to the Giants, as their new general manager, Dave Gettleman, previously was GM for the Panthers.

If Steve Wilks is their guy, the Giants might have a head coach in place by the end of the week.

"Ideally, it will be somebody with previous head-coaching experience", Mara said in December, "but that doesn't have to be the case".

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