Reports: Chargers request interview with 49ers DC Steve Wilks for HC job

Jan 8, 2024, 4:09 PM

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With the 2023 NFL regular season officially wrapped up, Black Monday brings about interview requests, with Steve Wilks getting his first of 2024.

The San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator has reportedly been requested for an interview with the Los Angeles Chargers for their vacant head coach position. This is the first request for Wilks this cycle, as the former HC is getting ready for the playoffs with the 49ers.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was first with the news Monday.

Steve Wilks, 54, joined the Red & Gold during the 2023 offseason. After taking the Carolina Panthers to a 6-6 record down the stretch, Wilks was let go by the franchise, deciding to head out West to the 49ers. He took over for DeMeco Ryans, now the head coach of the playoff-bound Houston Texans.

In his first season with the 49ers, Wilks led the defense to third in points allowed, and eighth in yards. SF’s secondary took the biggest leap, finishing tied for first in takeaways (22).

The North Carolina native has served as an NFL HC before, doing so with the Arizona Cardinals. He went 3-13 in his lone season, let go after Week 16’s loss. Wilks is a combined 9-19 as an NFL HC. While the 49ers would love to keep the veteran around, him fielding offers was always in the cards.

Steve Wilks joins assistant general manager Adam Peters for job vacancies elsewhere next season. Peters was requested to interview with the Washington Commanders and Las Vegas Raiders for prominent front office roles Monday.

Both men have not accepted or declined those requests at this time.

Upcoming schedule for the San Francisco 49ers 

  • Sunday, Jan. 7th vs. Los Angeles Rams – 1:25 PM PST
  • January 13-14 – NFL Playoffs (Wild Card Round) – BYE
  • January 20-21 – NFC Divisional Round

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