Steve Wilks: It was my decision to fire the defensive coordinator, Al Holcomb is going to play now

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Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks acted quickly to fire two of Matt Rhule’s top lieutenants on Monday, and Wilks said today he wanted to see the team move in a different direction.

Wilks said he only made the decision to fire defensive coordinator Phil Snow and assistant special teams coach Ed Foley, both longtime Rhule assistants who had worked for Rhule at both Temple and Baylor. Wilks made it clear that he had no personal issues with any of the coaches he fired, but did want the team to get a fresh start.

“Two great men, two great coaches,” Wilks said. “It was my decision, my decision. I just felt like I wanted a different approach, and that was all.”

Wilks said Al Holcomb, who was Wilks’ defensive coordinator with the 2018 Cardinals and also worked with Wilks on the 2019 Browns, will mention the Panthers’ defensive moves. Holcomb is in his third season with the Panthers and holds the job title of assistant head coach for defense.

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