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The Arizona Cardinals are thinking defense with their next head coach. According to Kent Somers of azcentral, the team is hiring Steve Wilks to replace Bruce Arians.

Wilks, the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, has been on NFL sidelines for the last 12 years. He broke into the league with the Chicago Bears as the defensive backs coach, a position which he held for the San Diego Chargers and Panthers, too.

After Sean McDermott left to coach the Buffalo Bills following the 2016 campaign, Carolina promoted Wilks to his current spot. He held the title of “assistant head coach” for the last three seasons, as well.

The Cardinals are going with Wilks over New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Pat Shurmur, another key target, interviewed with Arizona but chose the New York Giants.

Under Wilks in 2017, Carolina ranked seventh in total defense and 11th in points per game allowed.

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QUIZ: Name every head coach in the history of the Arizona Cardinals

The Chicago Cardinals were a founding member of the NFL in 1920, and the storied franchise history includes a detour in St. Louis before solidifying their status as the Arizona Cardinals. The team has had a league-leading 40 coaches including three Hall of Fame coaches and four Hall of Fame players. Unfortunately, out of all of those coaches, none have lead them to a Super Bowl Victory and only one has lead them to the big game. How many of the leaders of the Cardinals can you name?

Clue: Years Active

Note: 1944 featured Co-coaches, 1961 featured 3 Co-coaches and there are 2 members of the list that had multiple tours with the team.

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1920–1922
Paddy Driscoll
1923–1924
Arnie Horween
1925–1926
Norman Barry
1927
Guy Chamberlin
1928
Fred Gillies
1929
Dewey Scanlon
1930–1931
Ernie Nevers
1931
Roy Andrews
1932
Jack Chevigny
1933–1934
Paul Schissler
1935–1938
Milan Creighton
1939
Ernie Nevers
1940–1942
Jimmy Conzelman
1943-1945
Phil Handler
1944
Walt Kiesling
1946–1948
Jimmy Conzelman
1949
Buddy Parker
1950–1951
Curly Lambeau
1951
Cecil Isbell
1952
Joe Kuharich
1953–1954
Joe Stydahar
1955–1957
Ray Richards
1958–1961
Pop Ivy
1961
Ray Willsey
1961
Ray Prochaska
1961
Chuck Drulis
1962–1965
Wally Lemm
1966–1970
Charley Winner
1971–1972
Bob Hollway
1973–1977
Don Coryell
1978–1979
Bud Wilkinson
1979
Larry Wilson
1980–1985
Jim Hanifan
1986–1989
Gene Stallings
1989
Hank Kuhlmann
1990–1993
Joe Bugel
1994–1995
Buddy Ryan
1996–2000
Vince Tobin
2000–2003
Dave McGinnis
2004–2006
Dennis Green
2007–2012
Ken Whisenhunt
2013–
Bruce Arians
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