During the National Football League season, numerous underperforming teams will either replace their head coach during the season or at the end of the season. The Carolina Panthers decided to fire their head coach Matt Rhule in week 5 after a 1-4 start to their NFL Season.
Following the firing of Matt Rhule, the Carolina Panthers promoted Steve Wilks to interim head coach, who helped lead the team to finish the season with a 7-10 record after going 6-6 over the course of the team's last 12 games.
Feeling Steve Wilks overperformed with a bad roster, it looked like he could potentially be promoted to the full-time head coaching position, which would have been his first head coaching job since 2018 with the Arizona Cardinals where he went 3-13 and was fired after one season.
However, the Carolina Panthers decided to hire Frank Reich as the team's next head coach.
In response, Steve Wilks' lawyer released a statement on Twitter.
We are shocked and disturbed that after the incredible job Coach Wilks did as the interim coach, including bringing the team back into Playoff contention and garnering the support of the players and fans, that he was passed over for the Head Coach position by David Tepper. There is a legitimate race problem in the NFL, and we can assure you that we will have more to say in the coming days. -@WigdorLaw & @JElefterakis
It appears given the release of the statement, Steve Wilks and his lawyer are preparing legal action against the NFL.
It is also important to note that the Carolina Panthers hired Frank Reich's daughter to their team's marketing division on January 8, directly after the season ended. This could lead to the assumption the team never was going to give Steve Wilks a fair shake as head coach and further showcase disregard of the Rooney Rule.
It will be interesting to see what happens now.
Steve Wilks did share this message on Twitter today.
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