Steve Wilks has made maybe his most important move of his early tenure, as it is being reported that Wilks will bring veteran Panthers offensive line coach Ray Brown back to the desert. Brown was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played the inaugural season in Arizona in 1988.
Norv Turner said in his radio spot with Mighty 1090 in San Diego yesterday that OL coach Ray Brown will go with Steve Wilks to Arizona.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) January 23, 2018
Brown has been with the Panthers since 2011, first as the assistant offensive line coach and then in 2016, he was elevated to offensive line coach.
Brown’s history of working with and developing, yes developing, talented offensive lineman is unmatched.
2008-09: Brown helps the Bills second year running back Marshawn Lynch to 1000 yards and works with Jason Peters to get to first Pro Bowl in 2008, in 2009 Brown broke in two rookies and a second year player on the Bills revamped offensive line.
2010: Helped to work in Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis as rookies.
2011-2015: Helped develop rookies Amini Silatolu in 2012, former defensive lineman Nate Chandler in 2013, and Trai Turner And Andrew Norwell in 2014. Since then Turner and Norwell have become All Pro linemen.
Bringing in Brown may be the most important move Wilks makes on the offensive side of the ball, because he has a track record of development, something the Cardinals have not had in… well a while.