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Wilks Out, Eric Washington In

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The Panthers former defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, has just been named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals officially made him head coach on Monday.
Steve Wilks was promoted to defensive coordinator last year after Sean McDermott left for a head coaching job in Buffalo.
Wilks spent six years with the Panthers, five of those as the secondary coach and last year as the defensive coordinator. He was also the assistant head coach.
Rivera left Wilks in charge during training camp in 2015 after he had to leave for four days because of his brother’s death.
Al Holcomb the Panther’s linebacker coach is expected to go to Arizona with Wilks and be the defensive coordinator.
Wilks has an aggressive blitz-heavy defense that could fit very well with the personnel they have in Arizona.
The Wilks led defense led the league all the way through week 10. The Panthers defense finished 7th in total defense (317.1 ypg) and 11th scoring points per game. (20.4)
Ron Rivera and his staff had been planning as if Wilks would get a head coaching gig. Eric Washington, the defensive line coach will be promoted to defensive coordinator.
Washington is regarded as one of the best defensive lineman coaches in the NFL.
Washington has been a key part in the development of player’s Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Mario Addison and Wes Horton.
Washington stresses physicality, pad level and hand placement which has produced some of the best defensive lines in football over the past few years.

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The Panthers success on the defensive side of the ball should continue with the new Eric Washington- led defense.

 

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Saints, Eagles Interested In Patrick Peterson

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The New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in acquiring Arizona Cardinals’ three-time All-Pro veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

According to former NFL cornerback Bryant McFadden, who is Peterson’s cousin, the Saints are the preferred destination for Peterson.

 

 

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Cardinals Fire OC Mike McCarthy, Promote Byron Leftwich

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The Arizona Cardinals have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy amid constant struggles this year and following a 1-5 start to the season and their blowout loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football.

With McCoy’s exit, the Cardinals are promoting quarterbacks coach, and former NFL signal caller, Byron Leftwich to offensive coordinator.

While Leftwich doesn’t have direct experience as an offensive coordinator, he is confident he can handle the role:

“I’m a pretty confident guy, but I had never done it, and I had never practiced it,” Leftwich said. “That’s the tough part. Knowing B.A., B.A. ain’t going to give you two weeks in practice to prepare. He gave me a 10-play period to call them. The first time I ever called plays was in the game. I wish I would have done a few things here and there better, but that’s the exciting part of growing in this business. That helped my growth.”

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Cardinals Deny Shopping Patrick Peterson

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The Arizona Cardinals have denied rumors that they are actively shopping All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson with head coach Steve Wilks calling the rumors of a potential Peterson deal “ludicrous”, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfruss.

The reports of Peterson being available in trade comes on the heels of last week’s report that the Cardinals were looking to deal  linebackers Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick, and amid rumors that running back David Johnson is also available.

Arizona, who is currently 1-5, may be wise to start trading off players to stockpile assets, and also rid themselves of Peterson’s contract, which runs through the 2020 season and pays him roughly $12 million annually.

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