Steve Wilks addressed the Carolina Panthers passing him over in their coaching search in favor of hiring Frank Reich.

Wilks said in a statement Friday he's "disappointed but not defeated."

"It was an honor for me to coach those men in the Carolina Panthers locker room as the interim head coach," he said. "Players, coaches and staff, thank you for your hard work and dedication. I took pride in representing Charlotte, a great city that I love so much."

Carolina announced Thursday it agreed to a deal with Reich.

Others shared Wilks' disappointment after he put together a compelling case to coach the team in 2023 and beyond.