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There is a famous gif of Bruce Arians whipping his head around in surprise when a Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey touchdown was taken off the board in the 2015 playoffs.

Authentic Devon Kennard Jersey channeled that reaction in the middle of March, when word leaked that the Cardinals were trading for superstar Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey.

“To be honest, I couldn’t believe it,” said the veteran outside linebacker, who agreed to a deal with the Cardinals a few days later. “I was like, ‘How the heck did that happen?'”

The addition of Hopkins was the opening salvo in an encouraging start to the league year for Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim. Kennard, defensive tackle Authentic Jordan Phillips Jersey and inside linebacker Authentic DeVondre Campbell Jersey were subsequently added in free agency, as the roster’s four glaring needs were quickly filled with known quantities.

Pro Football Focus has the Cardinals atop their list of most improved teams this offseason, while several analysts at ESPN lauded Keim for his decisions.

“I feel very good (about the roster),” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said. “There’s obviously a lot more work to be done. The draft will be an important part of our addition of player talent. And then it always seems like, after the draft, there are always some late signings as we get closer to camp. So there are still a few more steps as we get closer, but I like on paper how it’s come together.”

Outside linebacker Authentic Chandler Jones Jersey arrived in Arizona heading into the 2016 season, when expectations were sky-high. The team didn’t live up to them that year and hasn’t had a winning season since, but his eagerness for 2020 is matching the outside vibe of raised expectations.

“I’m excited, honestly,” Jones said on ‘On The Fly’ with Lisa Matthews. “I believe in our front office and what they’re doing. As you can see, what we look like right now looks amazing, and we still have a whole draft ahead.”

The Cardinals began to find their bearings at the end of 2019, winning two of their final three games while playing efficiently on both sides of the ball. Coach Kliff Kingsbury proved he was not in over his head at the NFL level, and the pain of 2018 slowly shifted to hope moving forward.

“I think it’s a young team with a lot of opportunity,” Kennard said. “I like what coach Kingsbury is doing here, and I’m excited about the direction of the program, and what we’ll be able to accomplish this year.”

Even though the Cardinals only won five games a season ago, there is momentum because of the roster upgrades, the expected maturation of quarterback Authentic Kyler Murray Jersey and the return of key cogs like Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, Authentic D.J. Humphries Jersey and Authentic Kenyan Drake Jersey.

“We’re bringing all of these pieces together, and it’s an awesome opportunity for us, and it puts us in position to (have a winning season),” quarterback Authentic Brett Hundley Jersey said. “Keim is doing an awesome job bringing all these pieces together, but at the same time, we have to go out there and execute. We can have the best roster that looks good, but if we if don’t’ execute, there’s really nothing to it.”

It’s easy to get out over your skiis during the offseason, when optimism runs rampant. That’s why Hundley cautions that there are still obstacles, and that the process can take time.

“We want to win the Super Bowl,” Hundley said. “That’s everybody’s goal. But at the same time, we have to understand that it’s a young offense. It’s still a young coaching staff. It’s still a young mesh of players coming together, and we’re building. Rather than understanding we’re already there, we’re still building, and we’re trying to put everything together.”

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The Cardinals are hoping for a major turnaround in 2020 behind quarterback Kyler Murray, but the roster still needs to be upgraded. General Manager Steve Keim has some cap space this offseason and will aim to plug holes on both sides of the ball. We will break down each position group leading up to free agency, which begins with the legal tampering period on Monday, March 16.

Free agent primer: Cornerback

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Cap hit of players under contract for 2020 (via OverTheCap.com): Patrick Peterson ($13.18 million); Robert Alford ($7.5 million); Byron Murphy($1.82 million); Chris Jones ($660,000); Jalen Davis ($660,000); Authentic Andre Chachere Jersey ($510,000).

Scheduled free agents: Kevin Peterson (restricted); Brandon Williams.

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Analysis: The Cardinals were one of the worst teams in the NFL against the pass last season, which would normally point to a reboot in the secondary, but that might not be the case. Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey missed the first six games of the season and was subpar upon his return, but improved mightily down the stretch. If Peterson is back to his Pro Bowl form, the Cardinals have a shutdown corner on one side of the field.

Authentic Robert Alford Jersey signed a multi-year deal in free agency last offseason and looked worthy of it in training camp, but broke his leg in a collision with Damiere Byrd and missed the whole season. If he has a clean bill of health heading into 2020, Alford should slide in to the other outside cornerback spot.

Authentic Byron Murphy Jersey had some issues as a rookie but will be counted on to settle in at slot corner with Alford on the outside. Much is expected of the No. 33 overall pick from last year’s draft. If the three top spots are filled as projected, the Cardinals wouldn’t have a dire need for another cornerback in free agency.

While big names like Byron Jones and Chris Harris are impending free agents, the signing of a marquee player seems unlikely unless there is a corresponding move at the position.

The Cardinals could be in search of depth, whether that’s bringing back restricted free agent Kevin Peterson or looking at other options. Authentic Chris Jones Jersey will compete for one of the backup roles, while Authentic Jalen Davis Jersey and Andre Chachere hope to make an offseason impression.

Notable past free agent cornerback signings: Alford (2019); Bené Benwikere (2018); Tramon Williams (2017); Antonio Cromartie (2014); Jerraud Powers (2013); Antoine Cason (2013); William Gay (2012); Bryant McFadden (2009); Roderick Hood (2007); Ralph Brown (2007); David Macklin (2004); Duane Starks (2002).

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The Arizona Cardinals may have been the worst team in the NFL last season, but the team doesn’t have the worst fans.

Emory professor Michael Lewis, a professor of marketing and faculty director of the Emory Marketing Analytics Center at the Goizueta Business School, recently released his annual ranking of NFL fan bases and the Cardinals’ fans come in at No. 25.

They also came in at No. 25 in 2018.

In 2015, Cardinals fans were ranked No. 19. In 2016, they slipped to No. 25. In 2017, they were No. 27.

Hey, at least it’s not No. 32.

That spot belongs to Arizona’s NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs are the other teams whose fan bases are ranked behind the Cardinals.

How did he come up with the rankings?

Lewis wrote that he used “data on attendance, revenues, social media following and road attendance to develop statistical models of fan interest.”

Lewis added that he used those models to determine which fan bases “are more willing to spend or follow their teams after controlling for factors like market size and short-term changes in winning and losing.”
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Lewis said that he used three measures of fan engagement to craft his list: fan equity (which he described as home box office revenues), social equity (which he described as engagement level in social media communities) and road equity (which he described as measured fan support on the road). Then, using those three components, Lewis generated what he called a “Brand Equity Factor” to rank all 32 teams.

Of the bottom five teams in the rankings, Lewis wrote: “These teams all suffer from the same issues,” Lewis wrote, “relatively weak pricing power and limited social followings.”

The top fan bases in the NFL, according to Lewis’ study are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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A breakdown of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2019 free-agent signings.

Terrell Suggs, linebacker

The Cardinals will sign Suggs to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens:

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What it means: The Cardinals found a veteran in the 36-year-old Suggs who can immediately establish himself as a stabilizing presence in the locker room after Arizona released veteran safety Antoine Bethea over the weekend. In Suggs, Arizona will also get a durable pass-rusher who, while he may end up on limited snap counts, has shown he’s still effective at getting to the quarterback. He had 26 sacks the last three seasons, including seven in 2018 and 11 in 2017.

What’s the risk: Suggs will turn 37 on Oct. 11, and even though he’s played all 16 games in 12 of his 16 seasons — and 15 in one and 13 in another — age will still be a concern with him this season. But the reward with Suggs is greater than the risk because of his recent production rushing the passer. However, if the Cardinals count on Suggs too much on defense, instead of relying on him to be part of the rotation, and his age finally catches up to him, then the Cardinals could see the risk sooner than the reward.

J.R. Sweezy, guard

The Cardinals will sign guard J.R. Sweezy to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the guard who spent five of the previous seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks:

What it means: The Cardinals found their replacement for Mike Iupati at left guard. Sweezy started 13 of his 15 games in 2018 at left guard and will give Arizona the final piece of its 2019 offensive line. Sweezy moved from right guard, where he played the majority of his career, to left guard before last season. He’s another veteran offensive line signing for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, continuing a run that’s lasted most of Keim’s tenure as GM. In 2018, Sweezy allowed a career-low 19 hurries and 26 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

What’s the risk: Sweezy missed all of 2016 with a herniated disc, so his health would be a concern. When he’s healthy, Sweezy is durable. Another risk is that he turns 30 in April, so Sweezy may not be a long-term answer at left guard, leaving the Cardinals in the same situation either next year or in 2021.

Brett Hundley, quarterback

The Cardinals will sign quarterback Brett Hundley to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the quarterback who spent last season with the Seahawks:

What it means: It’s too early to tell. It’ll all depend on who else the Cardinals have at quarterback next season. If it’s Josh Rosen, then Hundley and could help be part of Rosen’s support group along with Charles Kanoff. Rosen followed Hundley as UCLA’s starter, so the two have a history. If it’s, by chance, Kyler Murray, then Hundley may fit the type of athletic quarterback that new coach Kliff Kingsbury is looking for.

What’s the risk: There’s really not much risk at all, unless Hundley needs to play at length. But that’s more because he won’t be the everyday quarterback. He’s 3-6 as a starter, he’s thrown for nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his career and has 1,853 yards while tallying a 59.5 percent completion rate. While he’s been in the NFL since the Packers drafted him in the fifth round in 2015, Hundley doesn’t have much game experience, which could be a factor if the starter gets hurt.

Jordan Hicks, inside linebacker
The Cardinals will sign Hicks. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles:

What it means: Inside linebacker quickly became a position of need for Arizona’s defense after it released Josh Bynes and reports have linked the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Deone Bucannon. So, Hicks fills a fairly large void in the Cardinals’ latest version of a 3-4. He’ll quickly be inserted into the starting lineup, likely alongside Haason Reddick, giving the Cardinals an athletic, dynamic and versatile pair of inside linebackers. Hicks also reunited Billy Davis, the Cardinals linebackers coach who was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator when Philadelphia drafted Hicks.

What’s the risk: The primary concern with Hicks is his durability. He missed nine games in 2017 with an Achilles injury and four games last season win a calf injury. As long as Hicks can stay healthy, he can the inside linebacker the Cardinals need him to be.

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What many anticipated happening could soon become a reality. Quarterback Josh Rosen might be on his way out of Arizona.

According to the NFL Network’s Charley Casserly, he says he spoke to a team on Tuesday that confirmed the Arizona Cardinals are indeed shopping Rosen.

What’s interesting is that Casserly is the former general manager of the Washington Redskins, a team who needs a quarterback and has been linked to Rosen recently.
This is something that many had supposed would happen over the next couple of weeks. The Cardinals used their first-round pick last season to draft Rosen, but with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks entirely possible that he could start over. Especially considering that he has the No. 1 overall pick.

Rosen had a pretty tough rookie season. He passed for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 games, while completing just 55.2 percent of his passes. The fact that the Cardinals went 3-13 was not completely his fault, but it looks like Arizona may now may be flirting with the idea of shaking things up.

Kingsbury has reportedly been interested in former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and an old video recently resurfaced of him giving Murray very high praise.

“Kyler is a freak…..I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could,” Kingsbury said.
Well, now that he has the No. 1 overall pick, he has that chance.

It’s hard not to be infatuated with the 2018 Heisman Trophy recipient, who accounted for a school-record 5,362 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns. That school record is better than Baker Mayfield’s last year with one fewer game. Until he did so this year, no player in FBS history had ever averaged at least 300 passing yards and 60 rushing yards per game for an entire season. Murray finished with 311.5 and 71.5, respectively.

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Murray was the talk of the NFL Combine last week even though he didn’t participate in a single drill. Many were scared Murray would measure in at around 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 and under 200 pounds at the combine, but he shocked everyone by coming in at 5-foot-10 and 1/8th and 207 pounds. For most NFL teams, this put to bed the concerns people previously had about Murray. However, during Casserly’s Tuesday interview on the NFL Network, he also had some surprising news about Murray’s reviews at the combine. He says that the comments he heard about Murray were the worst he’s ever heard at the combine on a highly-rated quarterback. Teams had concerns about his leadership, his study habits and especially his board work.

While these comments are surprising, don’t expect Murray to fall down draft boards. Everyone has seen his tape and they know just how special of a player he is.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The divide between what quarterback Sam Bradford wants to accomplish and what his Arizona Cardinals teammates want to see from him during Sunday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys is about as wide as the state of Texas.

Bradford, who played in just two regular-season games last season with the Minnesota Vikings because of a knee injury, hopes to keep getting reacclimated to football.

His teammates just want to see Bradford healthy. So, if that means he plays only five or six plays Sunday and then stands on the sideline with some sunflower seeds, that’s OK with them.

“That would be great,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.

The reality is Bradford may not see the field for long. Coach Steve Wilks has been coy about how long Bradford — or any other starter, for that matter — will play Sunday night in what will be his final action of the preseason. But for however long Bradford plays, Sunday is the final phase of his comeback before stepping onto the field in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins.

“I think anytime you can get out there and just feel the speed of the game,” Bradford said. “It’s just hard to really simulate that game speed in practice. After having the injury last year and not playing a ton of football, just feeling bodies in the pocket, feeling people around my legs and being able to move around, that’s really what I’m looking to get out of it and just get comfortable with that feeling.”
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Ideally, Bradford won’t have to deal with any Cowboys defenders around his knees, Wilks and guard Justin Pugh both said. But they both understand, regardless of the protection, it’ll eventually happen.

And when it does, Bradford has to be ready for it, Wilks said.

Wilks said he doesn’t need to see much more from Bradford this preseason. Bradford has gone a combined 7-for-7 for 67 yards while averaging 9.6 yards per attempt in two preseason starts. On Sunday, Wilks wants to see more of a fine-tuning.

“Just the mechanics of really running the offense, the timing,” Wilks said. “It’s going to be good being on the road. Noise. Loud in there so you got to be on point with our communication. That’s really what I’m looking for — just him to take command of the offense.”

It’s already started.

On running back David Johnson’s touchdown run in the second quarter Friday against New Orleans, Bradford checked out of the play offensive coordinator Mike McCoy called.

“He didn’t hesitate,” McCoy said of Bradford. “He moved David over and checked to the right play and the rest is history.”

Those who practice with and against Bradford daily don’t think he needs any more preseason reps.

Pugh just wants to see him jog out to the huddle for the first play against Washington, and left tackle D.J. Humphries took it one step further.

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“I actually don’t want Sam to put a helmet on anymore,” he said. “Personally, I don’t want to see Sam until Washington. I don’t know what everybody else needs to see.

“But I’m also not a coach. I get paid to block people and not make orders. I don’t need to see nothing from that dude. At all.”

Johnson thinks Bradford is already ready.

“He knows what he has to do,” Johnson said. “He’s been really lighting it up.
“I already knew he was going to be ready to go before we even played the preseason. It’s really good to see him come out and play really well.”

Bradford has been “as good as advertised,” Fitzgerald said. His passes have “zip” on them, said Pugh, who added Bradford has been “commanding” the huddle.

“He’s ready to go,” Pugh said. “He looks great out there.

“He’s a completion machine. Leads his team. We go as he goes, so I’m excited about it.”

From facing Bradford in practice, veteran safety Antoine Bethea sees a quarterback who’s already making the right throws in the right reads while diagnosing the right coverages.

“Really, just for him personally, how does he feel?” Bethea said. “From the sidelines, from going against him in practice, he looks good to me.”

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Josh Rosen likes a good debate.

It doesn’t matter the topic, the Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback has an opinion on it. Politics. Religion. Sports. Any of it. All of it.

While attending UCLA, Rosen, an economics major, lived with two political-science majors who were good friends with former Bruins center Scott Quessenberry. As a result, Quessenberry spent a lot of time studying at their house.

Quessenberry and his friends would often start debates while sitting in the living room. Rosen, who would be in his room, was known to come out and join in. And it didn’t take long for lines to be drawn. Sometimes it was fair, two versus two. Sometimes it wasn’t, with Rosen taking on all three by himself.

“Especially during the election season, my roommates, we would all get into it,” Rosen said. “It would get really, really heated, but it would never pass that point. It was always a lot of fun. I love debating, whether it be about anything, but I think it’s healthy. It’s like a lot to do with how to navigate life and whatnot.”
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Rosen’s intensity is part of what endeared him to his teammates at UCLA. His personality and outspoken nature became a topic of conversation in the lead-up to the NFL draft. But those who spent the most time with him in college described him as a “great person to be around,” “laid back” and the “ultimate competitor.”

“All that matters is winning and being the best that we can and making our team the best that they can be,” Quessenberry said. “Off the field, he’s a really good dude. He’s always there. If somebody needs to talk to him, he’s willing to listen. He always wanted to hang out with his teammates. Really, like a class act really is how I would describe him.”

Kolton Miller, the former Bruins left tackle and a first-round pick in the draft, has seen Rosen’s evolution as a person and player firsthand. He was on campus as a redshirt freshman when Rosen arrived in 2015.

Sure, Rosen came in “a little cocky,” Miller said. But Rosen matured since his freshman-year antics into the Bruins’ hardest worker.

He was “really well-respected” by his teammates, Miller said.

“He’s really well-rounded,” Miller added. “He doesn’t try to be more than what he has to be — a really good leader. I don’t really have anything negative to say about him.”

UCLA safety Adarius Pickett said Rosen’s penchant for debates showed teammates another side of him, and sometimes taught them something in the process.

“You never know when a debate will break out and it’s always interesting to listen to him go at it,” Pickett said. “It’s like he really can be a lawyer or something. He goes at it.

“It’s just funny to see because he’s usually a really laid-back guy, but when he gets into those debates [he gets animated and I’m thinking], ‘That’s Josh? He’s turning up like that?'”

Rosen fine-tuned his debating chops around the Christmas dinner table at his grandmother’s house in Philadelphia. Surrounded by his entire family — his parents, aunts, cousins and sisters, among others — it was tough to get a word in. Everyone was yelling at one another.

It became Rosen’s opportunity to showcase his budding intelligence and his understanding of what was happening around the world.

“You had to stay up to date on current events or you’re going to get roasted at the table,” Rosen said.

His parents, Charles Rosen and Liz Lippincott, preached the importance of academics while raising their children, but also the importance of forming, having and reforming opinions. Rosen grew up learning it was OK to change his mind. So when he has said things he hoped others would talk to him about — whatever the topic might be — he would engage in debate and maybe even come to agree with the other point of view.

Before Rosen left UCLA, he talked with coach Chip Kelly about having a “growth mindset” and being open to constantly growing, evolving and improving as a person.

“Anything I say in the media or whatnot, I hope people come up to me and say, ‘That was actually right and wrong,'” Rosen said.

During his introductory news conference a day after the Cardinals drafted him No. 10 overall, Rosen wasn’t shy about talking about who he is — opinionated — and his desire to stay that way. But that’s not new.

Jedd Fisch thought he and Rosen developed a good relationship fairly quickly when he was hired as UCLA’s offensive coordinator in 2017, in part because Fisch not only gave Rosen time to share his opinions but because Fisch listened.

“I liked to hear what he had to say,” Fisch said. “Everyone has opinions. Some people share them more than others. Some people … what did Aaron Burr say to Alexander Hamilton? ‘Talk less, smile more.’ I think sometimes there is some value to that. I think there is some of that process that he’s got to keep that in mind.

“But, on the same token, you’ve got to appreciate Josh for his opinions and appreciate his mindset, appreciate how he works, appreciate that those opinions are not just out of left field. They’re well thought out. I would listen to him and then, at a certain point in time, I’d be, ‘OK, it’s time to get back to football. We only have a certain amount of hours.'”

Rosen said his coaches at UCLA used to call him a “unique personality.” Nothing could be more accurate. They also stressed the importance of staying true to himself.

“That’s one of the biggest pieces of leadership advice I’ve ever gotten, is to be authentic and to be real because you have to be the same guy every day and it’s hard to be someone you’re not every day,” Rosen said.
That’s who Rosen has tried to be on the field and off. He doesn’t back down. The same poise and confidence Rosen has shown on game day translated to a debate. Quessenberry said he knew, when Rosen got to the line of scrimmage, he’d make the right decision and then make the right throw.

And when the two would get into a debate, Rosen was equally assertive.

“He’s kind of pushy,” Quessenberry said. “He kind of sticks his opinion in there. But I’m kind of the same way, so I’ll stick mine right back and there’s not a lot of leeway when we talk.

“We believe in what we believe in and it doesn’t hinder our friendship or anything.”

Rosen understands his opinions carry a certain weight. But he also has begun understanding that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, and he believes that’ll help as he begins his NFL career.

“You’ve got to be humble when you know you’re wrong and you have to courageously assert yourself as correct when you are,” Rosen said. “I think a lot of the smartest people in the world, they credit their intelligence to knowing that they don’t know things, and I think that’s something that I try to take to heart.”

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The Cardinals reached a deal to make Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks their next head coach.

Wilks has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth, and he will be introduced at a news conference at noon on Tuesday.

The Cardinals had planned to conduct second interviews this week with Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Eagles quarterbacks John DeFelippo. Wilks was impressive during a second interview with the team last Friday and is now the successor to Bruce Arians.

Wilks, 48, just completed his first year as the Panthers defensive coordinator, but has spent 11 seasons as an assistant in the NFL.

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He was assistant head coach and secondary coach for the Panthers prior to being promoted to coordinator. Before that, he coached with the Bears and Chargers.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Wilks is an ASU product – Appalachian State University –where he played defensive back. He coached at the high school level before moving to colleges, where he was an assistant for 11 years with various schools, including Notre Dame and Washington.

The Panthers finished in the top 10 in total defense in five of Wilks’ six seasons with the team. Last season, in Wilks’ first as defensive coordinator, the Panthers went from 21st overall in 2016 to seventh.

Wilks played defensive back at Appalachian State from 1987-91 and finished his career with 103 tackles, four interceptions and four blocked kicks. He attended training camp with the Seattle Seahawks in 1992 and played defensive back and wide receiver for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League in 1993.

The three major football programs in Arizona now have African-American head coaches. Arizona State hired Herm Edwards, and Arizona recently filled its position with Kevin Sumlin.

The Cardinals’ coaching search lasted exactly three weeks, the longest of any NFL team this season. Seven other teams filled vacancies before the Cardinals did.

Wilks is highly regarded in the NFL and also interviewed for the Titans and Giants head coaching jobs. The Titans hired Mike Vrabel and the Giants are expected to hire Pat Shurmur.

It’s unknown who will be on Wilks’ staff. According to various reports, Wilks is interested in hiring DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

Wilks replaced Sean McDermott as the Panthers defensive coordinator after McDermott became the Bills head coach.

Under Wilks, the Panthers blitzed more than they had in the past. They ranked seventh in the NFL in yardage allowed and were third with 50 sacks.