Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has been on the hot seat for most of the season
The Christmas wish of many Arizona Cardinals fans may be coming true if reports on Sunday bear any truth to them. Head coach Steve Wilks could be coaching his final home game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
For that matter, it could come sooner than that depending on who the Cardinals would be eyeing as his replacement. However reports on Sunday suggest once the season ends.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said if it was up to the players though, Wilks would be back in 2019. Fitz himself has not said whether he will come back in 2019 or not/
You never want to see a guy lose his job, especially a nice guy like Wilks. Wilks wouldn’t have gotten the job in the first place if he didn’t come with some credentials.
Unfortunately, his credentials fall mostly on the defensive side of the ball. He didn’t select a good offensive coordinator in Mike McCoy and he was fired halfway through October in favor of Byron Leftwich.
Initially Leftwich seemed like an upgrade but over the past several weeks it has seemed the Cardinals offense has gone back into the shell it started out in. Now Leftwich’s future could also be in doubt.
Wilks was in a tough spot. It is difficult for defensive coaches to win as head coaches in this league. The NFL is an game that favors the offense.
Also, teams typically like to give new head coaches at least two years to get wet and get a system under their belt. It is not completely unheard of to fire a first year coach, it’s happened before, it’ll happen again.
It’s just not a good fit. The Cardinals have been stagnant on offense most of the season, no matter the personnel, no matter the coach. You can’t replace all 53 guys on the roster, although look for a lot of changes there too in the offseason.
So, it starts at the top. The Cardinals will likely have no choice but to fire Wilks and bring in someone else. Hopefully this time it is an offensive-minded coach.