Report: Cardinals plan to fire head coach Steve Wilks; Larry Fitzgerald expresses support for Wilks

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday
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Posted at 11:03 AM, Dec 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-23 13:03:55-05

The Arizona Cardinals are not planning on retaining head coach Steve Wilks after the 2018 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

The Cardinals hired Wilks after five-year head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement at the end of last season. But going into Sunday's game vs. the Los Angeles Rams, the Cardinals are just 3-11 in Wilks' first season at the helm.

The 49-year-old Wilks served as defensive backs coach and later as defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers before being hired by the Cardinals for his first NFL head-coaching job.

"One source said he could not envision a scenario in which the Cardinals would bring back Wilks, who was just hired in January -- a sign of how quickly owners get unhappy and impatient," Schefter wrote.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, however, said Larry Fitzgerald, who has yet to decide whether he will play next season, expressed support for Wilks in a text message Sunday.

"We would all want him back," Fitzgerald texted to Rapoport.

Rapoport also said a final decision on Wilks is yet to be made.

"Sources insist no firm decision from owner Michael Bidwill has been communicated and that all options are on the table. If Wilks does return, he would be expected to make significant staff changes, which he would be willing to do," he said.

The Cardinals' final game of the regular season will take in Seattle vs. the Seahawks on Sunday, Dec. 30.