When the Carolina Panthers fired Matt Rhule and traded away Christian McCaffrey, it became clear that they were tanking in hopes of getting a high draft pick.
But interim-coach Steve Wilks had other ideas.
Not only are the Panthers (5-8) one game out of first place in the NFC South but they just knocked off the Seahawks in Seattle, 30-24.
After the big win, Wilks praised his players for their performance and threw some shade at the Panthers organization for tanking:
“With everything they’ve gone through, the coaching changes, players leaving, the organization trying to tank it, all those different things, and to see how those guys respond today is pretty thrilling, yes,” Wilks told reporters on Sunday afternoon.”
Wilks took over a 1-4 team. At the time, Panthers owner David Tepper said that If Wilks “does an incredible job, he’d have to be in consideration” for being the permanent head coach of the Panthers.
The Panthers are 4-4 under Wilks. Maybe he’s the answer?