49ers expecting former Panthers coach Steve Wilks to return in 2024

Charlotte, N.C. native Steve Wilks may have a home in the Bay Area.

During Tuesday’s season-ending press conference alongside his general manager John Lynch, San Francisco 49ers head coach was asked if Wilks would be returning for the 2024 campaign.

“I haven’t talked to anybody yet, so, yeah, I expect all our coaches to be back,” Shanahan replied, per 49ers Webzone’s Kirk Larrabee.

Wilks, the former Carolina Panthers interim head coach, served as the defensive coordinator for the NFC champions in 2023. Under his guidance, the 49ers ranked eighth in total defense—allowing 303.9 total yards per game.

San Francisco, however, just came up short in Super Bowl LVIII, falling in a 25-22 overtime thriller to the Kansas City Chiefs. The win was clinched with a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who captured his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honor in the past five years.

It’s alright, Wilks. No one can stop that guy.

Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire