Ron Rivera gets secondary coach he wanted all along

Panthers hire Steve Wilks Brad Biggs

Print This January 16, 2012, 10:58 AM EST

Ron Rivera had to wait a year but he got the man he wanted.

The Carolina Panthers have hired Steve Wilks as their new secondary coach. He replaces Ron Meeks, who leaves after three seasons and who Rivera inherited last season. The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the news.

The Chargers had promoted Wilks to assistant head coach last year. It’s not known if he will have a similar title with the Panthers. The move makes sense for Wilks, too, because he is a native of the Charlotte, N.C., area.

Wilks is considered a strong communicator and a tough, non-nonsense assistant. He could be a candidate to become a defensive coordinator soon.

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