The Arizona Cardinals are failing to show progress under the guidance of incompetent head coach Steve Wilks and his assistants
It was a matchup that the Arizona Cardinals were fully expected to win. This past Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the lowly Oakland Raiders, at State Farm Stadium no less, was almost inexcusable. If Cards’ head coach Steve Wilks wasn’t worried about his job status before, perhaps he should be now.
The Cardinals are being guided by a coaching staff that appears to be completely lost. Current offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich took over for the utterly clueless Mike McCoy, and has only been marginally better. First-year defensive coordinator Al Holcomb has yet to come up with a scheme that can prevent opposing ball-carriers from running roughshod over his unit.
Wilks himself seems to be baffled at times on the sidelines. It’s possible that the 49-year is simply ill-equipped to handle a position that only 31 other men in the world are qualified for. After all, Wilks had been a coordinator for just one season (Carolina Panthers, 2017) before being offered Arizona’s head gig.
The Cards have managed to win just twice in 2018 with Wilks at the helm. Both victories have come against a Jimmy Garoppolo-less San Francisco 49ers bunch. Following the embarrassing showing versus the Raiders, many power-ranking compilations have Wilks’ Cardinals listed as the worst team in the league.
There are quite a few observers who believe that Wilks will still be leading Arizona in 2019. There aren’t many one and done coaching stints in the NFL these days. Nothing is written in stone, however, so Wilks could certainly wind up being the exception to that rule.
An inability for a first-year head coach to win football games is not uncommon. What ownership does not want to see is a group that’s regressing. That’s exactly why the Cards’ front office has to admit that they made a mistake with Wilks and move on.