A look at key interview questions New York Giants head coaching candidate Steve Wilks will likely be asked.
The New York Giants official head coaching search is expected to continue this coming week, and their first scheduled interview of the week will reportedly be a significant one.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that “win or lose” Carolina defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Steve Wilks is likely to interview with the Giants Monday. Wilks has ties with current Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who of course was the Panthers general manager until July of last year.
Update: Wilks is scheduled to interview with the Giants Tuesday per Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Wilks’ prior NFL coaching experience includes stops with the Bears (defensive backs) and the Chargers (defensive backs). He joined the Panthers in 2012 as their defensive backs coach and was promoted in 2015 as the assistant head coach. In 2017, he was promoted again to defensive coordinator, taking over for Sean McDermott, who left to become the Bills head coach.
Although the 48-year-old Wilks doesn’t have any prior head coaching experience at the NFL level—he did serve as the head coach for Savannah State back in 1999–he is believed to be a strong candidate for the Giants opening. Wilks was one of several minority head coaching candidates recommended to the NFL by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that collaborated with the league on its hiring practices.
One of Wilks’ strengths, according to his Panthers team bio, is developing young talent. In 2016, Panthers second-round draft choice James Bradberry and third-round draft choice Daryl Worley became the team’s starting cornerbacks. Bradberry’s 11 passes defensed made him the first rookie to lead the Panthers in passes defensed since 2012, while Worley finished second on the team with 10 passes defensed.
Wilks, a native of Charlotte, has a solid reputation as being able to command and hold attention in a NFL locker room, which is one of the criteria Giants team co-owner John Mara has expressed an interest in having in the team’s next head coach.
In addition to Wilks, former Broncos and one-time Giants running backs coach Eric Studesville, whose interview with the team was postponed last Thursday due to Winter Storm Grayson slamming into the area, is due to have his interview Wednesday.