The Redskins have reached out to a Carolina Panthers assistant coach about interviewing for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Ian Rapoport of NFL media is reporting that the Redskins have asked the Panthers for permission to interview Steve Wilks, who is their assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. Carolina granted the permission and Wilks presumably will be scheduled for an interview in the near future.
Wilks has been with the Panthers since 2012. That is the same year that the Panthers drafted cornerback Josh Norman in the fifth round. It took a few years but Norman eventually developed into an All-Pro and he gives a lot of the credit to Wilks. Norman, of course, signed with the Redskins in 2016. He likely would welcome the addition of Wilks as defensive coordinator.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Wilks was an assistant coach with the Chargers and Bears in the NFL and an assistant in a variety of college programs from Johnson C. Smith and Savannah State to Notre Dame and Washington.
It has been reported that Wilks also will be scheduled to interview for the Rams' head coach position.