Cardinals coaching candidate Steve Wilks turns down interview with Colts

Steve Wilks

Giants interview Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

This was his sixth year with the Panthers and first as defensive coordinator.

The Indianapolis Colts were expected to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for their vacant head coach position Thursday.

Indianapolis and Detroit also had requested permission to talk with Wilks, although he did not take those interviews, the sources said. They plan to speak with recently fired Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville on Wednesday.

Seven of the nine coaches that Arizona has interviewed in its coaching search remain busy: Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Pats linebackers coach Brian Flores and Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Gettleman was the general manager in Carolina for four years and got to see Wilks operate as the defensive backs coach.

Wilks also coached the San Diego Chargers secondary from 2009-11 and the Chicago Bears defensive backs from 2006-08.

"He comes to work every day and guys respect that".

Secondary/Pass Defense Coordinator Steve Wilks of the Carolina Panthers during National Football League game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. "He has done a tremendous job of coming in and taking over this defense and really giving us a chance to be successful".

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