Former Giants and Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said he believes Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks would be great as a head coach.
"He is a hard-core, intense, great coach,'' Beason said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz. "He plays the, 'Hey man, c'mon guys' role, but if he sees guys goof off, he will -- without hesitation -- coach Wilks will stand up in the room, address guys in an authoritative manner and everybody will stop what they're doing. He will have the floor and address it. That's the whole room. That's who he is."
Wilks, 48, is considered a serious contender for the Giants' head coaching vacancy after the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, and Beason voiced his support for Wilks, who coached Beason in 2012 and parts of the 2013 season before the linebacker joined New York.
"A lot of times you come in and have young kids at 21, 22, and they don't know what to expect with the glitz and glamour of being a professional athlete and what they think they know but they don't," Beason told Schwartz. "If you don't win, if you are not productive, you will be gone. Enough with all the BS, the laughing, the joking. ... That's who he is. That's coach Wilks.''
Wilks received support from several Panthers after Carolina's season ended with a 31-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild-card round. He had worked as Carolina's secondary coach from 2012 to 2016 and was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2017.
Beason said he believes Wilks could help improve the Giants' locker room and help players like Odell Beckham Jr. mature, something he had struggled with in the past.
"To be able to pull him to the side and be like, 'Hey, man, listen, this is going on, that is going on, maybe a little less of this, more of that, good job with this.' I think that's important,'' said Beason, who played 72 games with the Panthers and 21 games with the Giants in his career. "Odell is the face of the team. ... Odell Beckham is the New York Giants' face. Knowing Wilks, knowing Odell, I think it would be a great relationship, but it probably would be a relationship you wouldn't know about, which is the way it should be.''
Wilks had worked with new Giants GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina and is one of several candidates New York will consider, including interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.