Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has joined Brian Flores’ class action lawsuit against the league and various teams, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Cardinals were the only team to give him a head coaching job, and he lasted one season, finishing 3-13.
However, NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo shared that Wilks had a different complaint.
Among Steve Wilks’ assertions, he wanted the #AZCardinals to trade in the draft to select Josh Allen. Instead, the Cards stayed put and took on Josh Rosen. https://t.co/aYYTWXphY6
—Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 7, 2022
Garafolo tweeted, “Among Steve Wilks claims he wanted the #AZCardinals to trade in the draft to select Josh Allen. Instead, the cards stayed put and took on Josh Rosen.
Allen was drafted sixth overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, Rosen went to Arizona at number ten and uttered the infamous quote, “There were nine mistakes before me.”
Four years later, their careers are at the antipodes of the spectrum.
Allen consistently led the Bills to the playoffs and earned a six-year, $258 million extension.
Meanwhile, Rosen has adapted for the Atlanta Falcons, his fourth year in as many seasons.
After the Cardinals, he was with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers but saw limited action.
Flores’ complaint against Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross directly affected his job.
He was asked to lose matches for extra money.
While he could be richer if he accepted the alleged offer, the mounting defeats would put him in check.
Meanwhile, Wilks’ complaint is more of a front-office decision; where there are more misses than hits.
In hindsight, having Allen could have made the Cardinals an NFC powerhouse, and he might have kept his job thus far.
However, Rosen is also guilty of failing to live up to expectations, which Wilks can’t control.
Unfortunately, heads roll when a team underperforms and the coach often gets the ax.