CHARLOTTE — The Panthers brought back a familiar face to the defensive coaching staff, continuing to bring experienced coaches in.
The Panthers agreed to terms with former assistant Steve Wilks, bringing him back for a second stint with his hometown team.
He'll be the Panthers defensive pass game coordinator/secondary coach.
The 52-year-old Wilks, a graduate of West Charlotte High and Appalachian State, has deep roots here. He played for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena League in 1993, and got his start as a coach at nearby Johnson C. Smith in 1995
He joined the Panthers coaching staff in 2012 as defensive backs coach, and also served as assistant head coach (2015-2017) and defensive coordinator (2017).
He left to become head coach of the Cardinals in 2018, but was let go after one season. He was the Browns defensive coordinator in 2019, and spent last season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Missouri.
Wilks replaces Jason Simmons, who left for a job with the Raiders this week.
View photos of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, offensive line coach James Campen, defensive pass game coordinator Steve Wilks and defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni from their decades of NFL coaching experience.