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Steve Wilks, who just completed his first season as Carolina's defensive coordinator, is leaving to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Wilks replaces Bruce Arians, who retired after five seasons and compiled a franchise-record 50 victories.

There had been reports that the Cards might still have second interviews with Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, but those did not come to fruition after Wilks' strong second interview Friday with Bidwill and General Manager Steve Keim.

Wilks has a humble beginning.

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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera promoted Wilks to defensive coordinator following the 2016 season after Sean McDermott departed to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

He was only there for a year, though, coaching for eight teams in as many years. Wilks' first National Football League job was with the Chicago Bears in 2006, and he has held various defensive assistant positions in the National Football League since then. That was his first position with the Panthers.

As they did last time they had a vacancy, the Cardinals were the final team to find a head coach this January. He was, though, an assistant head coach for three seasons - two while he was a defensive backs coach and last season as DC.

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