Steve Wilks
The Arizona Cardinals have named former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals have named former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach. Ian Rapoport shared the news via Twitter.

The hiring of Wilks comes after former head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement on January 1. The contract is reported to be for four years, with an option for a fifth year.

Wilks has been an assistant in the league since 2006, spending the previous six seasons with the Panthers. This hire teams up Wilks, who specializes in defensive backs, with one of the best defensive backs in the game in Patrick Peterson.

Both Peterson and Josh Norman, who previously worked with Wilks, chimed in on the hiring.

This seems to be a great hire for the Cardinals. Wilks is a defensive wizard, and the Cardinals have had one of the consistently best defenses in the league. If Wilks can get a decent quarterback to come to Arizona, then the Cardinals could potentially be set to make some noise. Kirk Cousins maybe? We will just have to wait and see.

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