Steve Wilks Biography, Age, Wife, Salary, NFL, Cleveland Browns, Contract

Steve Wilks Biography

Steve Wilks (Steven Bernard Wilks) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

Wilks previously was the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals for one season and was fired after a 3-13 record. Steve also spent time as defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers, and as defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. He is a two-time NFL Champion, winning with the Bears in 2006 and with the Panthers in 2015.

Steve Wilks Playing Career

From 1987 to 1991, Wilks played defensive back from Appalachian State. He played one year in the AFL for the Charlotte Rage as a wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner.

Steve Wilks Coaching Career

College

Steve Wilks served as Head Football Coach at Savannah State College for one season (1999) and compiled a record of 5-6.

Steve Wilks
Steve Wilks

Chicago Bears

On February 16, 2006, Wilks was hired by the Chicago Bears as defensive backs coach. On December 30, 2008, the Bears announced that they had fired Wilks.

San Diego Chargers

In 20009, Wilks was hired as defensive backs coach of the San Diego Chargers when former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera moved to the same position in San Diego.

Carolina Panthers

On January 15, 2012, hired Wilks was hired as secondary coach by Rivera when he became head coach of the Panthers. In 2015, he was promoted to assistant head coach. Wilks was Pro Football Focus’s second runner up to their Secondary Coach of the Year award.

In the 2015 season, he and the Panthers finished 15-1 and reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10, which also turned out to be Peyton Manning’s final NFL game.

Wilks was promoted to defensive coordinator after Sean McDermott left to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

After the 2017 season, Steve Wilks was an extremely hot commodity for teams in need of new head coaches. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, teams were impressed by his interview with the Los Angeles Rams in the previous offseason before they eventually hired Sean McVay.

Wilks interviewed with the New York Giants who had hired his former boss in Carolina, ex-Panthers general manager David Gettleman.

Arizona Cardinals

On January 22, 2018, the Arizona Cardinals hired Wilks to be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, replacing the recently retired Bruce Arians. In the 2018 season opener against the Washington Redskins, Steve Wilks made his head coaching debut in the 24–6 loss.

In Week 5, against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilks recorded his first NFL victory as a head coach. He finished coaching the season with an NFL-worst 3–13 record and the worst record for the Cardinals since 2000. On December 31, 2018, Wilks was fired by the Cardinals.

Cleveland Browns

On January 14, 2019, Steve Wilks was hired by the Cleveland Browns to be their defensive coordinator under new head coach Freddie Kitchens.

Steve Wilks Coaching Tree

NFL head coaches under whom Steve Wilks has served:

  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears (2006–2008).
  • Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers (2009–2011).
  • Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers (2012–2017).
  • Freddie Kitchens, Cleveland Browns (2019–present).

Steve Wilks Head Coaching Record

College

Year

Team

Overall

Conference

Standing

Bowl/playoffs

Savannah State (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1999)

1999

Savannah State

5–6

3–4

 
 
 
 
 

Savannah State:

5–6

3–4

 

Total:

5–6

 
 
 
 
 
 

 NFL

Team

Year

Regular season

Postseason

Won

Lost

Ties

Win %

Finish

Won

Lost

Win %

Result

ARI

2018

3

13

0

.188

4th in NFC West

Total

3

13

0

.188

 

0

0

.000

 

Steve Wilks Age

Wilks was born on August 8, 1969, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Steve Wilks Wife

Steve is married to Marcia Wilks and together they have two daughters, Marissa and Melanni, and a son, Steven James.

Steve Wilks Height

Information about his height will be updated as soon as possible.

Steve Wilks Salary

Wilks agreed to a two-year, $2.4 million contract, an MU athletics spokesperson told The Star. Wilks has signed a memorandum of understanding as his contract becomes finalized. He will earn other bonuses typical for Mizzou assistants. Wilks will earn an $800,000 base salary in 2021.

Steve Wilks Contract

Wilks agreed to a two-year, $2.4 million contract, an MU athletics spokesperson told The Star. Wilks has signed a memorandum of understanding as his contract becomes finalized. He will earn other bonuses typical for Mizzou assistants. Wilks will earn an $800,000 base salary in 2021.

Steve Wilks Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of between $5 million and $15 million.

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