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Redskins Get Permission To Interview Panthers Asst. HC Steve Wilks For Defensive Coordinator Job

Ian Rapoport of NFL Meda reports that the Redskins have requested permission to interview Panthers assistant head coach and DBs coach Steve Wilks for their defensive coordinator job.

  • Rapoport adds that the Panthers have granted Washington permission to speak with Wilks.

Wilks was one of the first candidates mentioned in connection to the Redskins’ vacancy, considering that his ties to CB Josh Norman.

Earlier in the day, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported that former Jaguars HC Gus Bradley is atop the Redskins’ list of defensive coordinator candidates (NFLTR). Garafolo mentioned that Redskins GM Scot McCloughan knows Bradley well from their time together in Seattle.

We’ve seen a number of names tossed out in connection to the Redskins’ defensive coordinator vacancy including Broncos DC Wade Phillips, former Jaguars HC Gus Bradley, Bengals DC Paul Guenther, Rams DC Gregg Williams, Redskins OLB Greg Manusky and Panthers DBs coach Steve Wilks.

Wilks, 47, began his NFL coaching career with the Bears as their defensive backs coach back in 2006. He spent two years with the Chargers before following Ron Rivera to Carolina as their defensive backs coach. The Panthers promoted him to assistant head coach in 2015.

We’ll have more regarding the Redskins’ defensive coordinator job as the news is available.