Cardinals plan to part ways with Steve Wilks after rough first season as coach

The Arizona Cardinals are planning to part ways with head coach Steve Wilks, according to sources, the next likely move in what is shaping up to be the most chaotic head-coaching cycle since 2013, when there were eight changes.

It now seems like a foregone conclusion that the NFL will see at least eight changes this season, and it could mark the most turnover since 11 teams made head-coaching changes in 2009, league sources told ESPN.

Wilks said he has not discussed his future with the Cardinals' front office.

"You know, again, asking those guys about the future means I'm not focused on the job at hand," Wilks said. "No, that conversation hasn't come up at all."

Wilks added that the situation at hand wasn't difficult for him personally.

"No, not really," Wilks said. "I'm very spiritual-based. Hey, I'm working. And whatever happens, God will put me where he wants me to be."

The Cardinals fell to 3-12 with Sunday's 31-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. If they lose their final game, their 3-13 record will match their worst since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1988.

"Guys are still competing," Wilks said last week after referring to last Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons as "not acceptable."

Hue Jackson was fired by the Browns in October, and Mike McCarthy was fired by the Packers earlier this month -- and more head-coaching changes are expected in the coming weeks.

One source said he could not envision a scenario in which the Cardinals would bring back Wilks, who was hired only in January -- a sign of how quickly owners get unhappy and impatient.

Wilks' potential departure would mark another firing for a minority head coach, further highlighting a growing issue for the league. With Denver's Vance Joseph and the Jets' Todd Bowles likely to be let go after this season, according to sources, and with Cleveland already firing Jackson, it would leave Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, the Chargers' Anthony Lynn, Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis and the Panthers' Ron Rivera as the league's only minority head coaches.

Tomlin, Lynn and Lewis would be left as the league's only African-American head coaches at a time when the league has stepped up its Rooney Rule qualifications and tried to advance the hiring of minorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.