Back on Jan. 9, after his team’s Week 18 win over the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks acknowledged the elephant in the room. He knew there might be other options if the organization ultimately didn’t hire him as their full-time employee.
Good . . .
Continuing their search this week, the Panthers have granted second interviews to Wilks, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. But according to Team Beat writer Sheena Quick, Wilks may have a back-up plan if things don’t go his way in Carolina.
This could be a very tough pill for both players and the fan base, which Wilks clearly supports and – for the most part – wants him to remain the leader of this franchise.
It would also be a difficult task for the actual team itself, as Wilks — who would presumably serve as the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive coordinator if hired there — is very good at his job. Wilks could also take his defense coordinator at Al Holcomb with him.
The Panthers could find themselves in a dangerous game should they pick the wrong candidate. Wilks, as the organization should be well aware, does not seem like a man to be left despised and forced to play twice a year.
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Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire