Perhaps significantly, co-owner Steve Tisch joined John Mara, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams in interviewing Wilks, the first time he has done so. Steve Spagnuolo, Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels and Pat Shurmur have all interviewed for the job. Eric Studesville is expected to interview on Wednesday.
Wilks has an interview scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, and has also drawn interest from the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. Per Adam Schefter, Wilks intends to keep that scheduled interview with Arizona.
Shurmur is also said to be drawing significant interest from the Cardinals. There is an expectation that the Lions job will be filled by Patricia.
Wilks has been with the Panthers ince 2012, rising from secondaries coach to defensive coordinator/assistant head coach. Giants GM Dave Gettleman worked with Wilks for four years in Carolina.
After Sunday’s 31-26 loss to New Orleans, Carolina coach Ron Rivera seemed to believe that someone is going to hire Wilks as a head coach.
“I know that Steve is a hot commodity, deservedly-so,” Rivera said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. “He has done a tremendous job wherever he’s been, starting in Chicago and San Diego and down here with us. It’s going to be a tough one. Him and Sean (McDermott) are two very good people who are very special to this organization. We helped build this team.
“I don’t want to talk as if Steve is gone, but I have a hunch. It might be his time.”