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January 26, 2009

Indianapolis' Meeks named Panthers' defensive coordinator

0127meeks  The Carolina Panthers have hired Ron Meeks (right), formerly with the Indianapolis Colts, as their defensive coordinator.

Meeks replaces Mike Trgovac, who told the team last week he would not return next season. Trgovac had spent seven years as defensive coordinator under John Fox.

"This is a great opportunity," Meeks said in a news release from the Panthers.  "I have followed the Panthers from my involvement in football and they have done a great job over the years.  I expect to continue that success and will try to improve on what has been done."

Meeks spent seven seasons as defensive coordinator with Indianapolis, five times finishing in the top seven in the league in points allowed. The Colts' 4-3 defense was seventh in points allowed in 2008 (18.6) and 11th in yards allowed (310.9)

"We are very pleased to add Ron to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator," Fox said in a release  "He is an outstanding teacher, who has enjoyed great success as a coordinator in the league and brings a strong background of coaching championship defenses."

Meeks, 54, was a defensive assistant in Dallas in 1991, then secondary coach in Cincinnati fromm 1992-96 and in Atlanta from 1997-99. He also spent a year each in Washington (2000) and St. Louis (2001) before going to Indianapolis.

Meeks is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and had college stints at Arkansas State (1984), Miami (1986-87), New Mexico State (1988), and Fresno State (1989-1990) before joining the Cowboys.

The Colts announced Meeks' resignation as the team's defensive coordinator Tuesday. Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy, who had hired Meeks, retired after the season.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 26, 2009 at 05:13 PM | Permalink


What defense does he run?

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 26, 2009 5:25:17 PM

Maybe J. Peps will reconsider?

Posted by: Terry Miencier | Jan 26, 2009 5:31:35 PM

Colts ran a 4-3 in 2008. Stats added above.

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Jan 26, 2009 5:33:00 PM

this is great. this hire fits our personel beautifaly. Meeks runs a modified Tampa Zone with great blitzes from linebackers and safties...something Trgo only dreamt about...if that. now if we can manage to snag Herm Edwards as a DB coach/assistant D coordinator or assis. head coach we'll be on our way to an attacking def. we need someone to check Fox so he doesnt ruin a good def. coaches scheme...if we see soft zones Fox will be the next to go. Great hire.

Posted by: randy | Jan 26, 2009 5:41:08 PM

And by the way for u retards who seem to think the colts let him go he resigned bc of his loyalty to dungy...

Posted by: randy | Jan 26, 2009 5:45:48 PM

Called it 8)

Posted by: Nate | Jan 26, 2009 5:46:56 PM

He was passed over for the HC job. So was Tom Moore, the other coordinator. A position coach was named head coach. Meeks may have been disappointed. If he's not head coaching material, then he is no threat to Fox.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 26, 2009 6:03:00 PM

dunno if his schemes fit our personel... in tampa 2 the corners need to be able to play the run and lbs need to cover wide outs dunno if our players will be up to that... not to mention the front four need to get pressure on the qb hopefully he will send some blitzes but overall i think this is an upgrade for sure... little bit worried his scheme might not translate

Posted by: matt s | Jan 26, 2009 6:15:58 PM

hope i am wrong though..i'm just tired of that conservative soft zone coverage bend but dont break philosophy... had enought of that last year we need to get aggresive and utilize the talent we have..

Posted by: matt s | Jan 26, 2009 6:19:58 PM


Posted by: Stefon | Jan 26, 2009 6:20:39 PM

Called it. Great move.

Posted by: Greged | Jan 26, 2009 6:33:49 PM

I just hope he doesn't try to bring in Dungy's Tampa 2 with him. I think that scheme has lost its edge recently.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Jan 26, 2009 6:49:01 PM

Talk about a serious upgrade!!!

Posted by: Mike Trgovac | Jan 26, 2009 6:55:50 PM

Did you see that Dan Morgan says he will play for New Orleans next year? That's just sad, you can't help but envision him either ending up dead, in a coma or brain damaged like some old boxer who didn't know when to quit. I am sorry to see him doing this, and hope he doesn't get hurt.

Posted by: napalminthemorning | Jan 26, 2009 7:05:13 PM

Um... Where on this topic did Dan Morgan even get mentioned? Have you heard of online forums?

Posted by: Bryan Sweeney | Jan 26, 2009 7:38:33 PM

I hope Peppers reconsiders his decision to force his way out. Meeks has helped make Dwight Freeney a stud in the league and there's no reason to think he couldn't do the same with Peppers.

Posted by: ChunkyLover519 | Jan 26, 2009 7:43:03 PM

great hire

Posted by: mdpantherfan | Jan 26, 2009 8:01:08 PM

Seven seasons ago we had a great defense ran by Del Rio. Then Trgo took over and this season we had a crappy defense.

Seven seasons ago Indy had a crappy defense. Then Meeks took over and this season they had a great defense.

Great hire by the Panthers!!!

Posted by: Adios Trgo | Jan 26, 2009 8:45:37 PM

Peppers is gone...My biggest fear was that we would over pay Peppers at 29 yrs old,, For his On-Again..Off-Again plays and season.. We need someone with a motor that doesn't go into cruise control and take plays off. When Peppers was on, he was great... problem is, he was never on, all the time..

Posted by: Catsnmbr1fan | Jan 26, 2009 9:00:40 PM

looking at the stats, this guy runs a great passing defense and lets his team get run over. i'm not sure how that fits John Fox's style at all...

Posted by: skeptic | Jan 26, 2009 10:14:13 PM

Good Hire (I think)

The only thing that worries me is the Colts dont exactly have the most offensive minded teams in their division (which makes up almost half of their schedule every year). I just hope those defensive rankings from the past few years aren't skewed. Based on what I can find online about Meeks, he seems pretty solid. If anyone has any suggestions on where to find out more about Meeks, I would gladly take them.

Posted by: jasonnwilmington | Jan 26, 2009 10:28:18 PM

He plays a Tampa 2 scheme. So our corners won't have to cover deep and get roasted.

He also blitzes, Trgo only would send T. Davis 1-2 times a game. With the athletes we have at LB and Safety, we should see some big plays from blitzes.


Posted by: BigBen704 | Jan 26, 2009 10:51:05 PM

for everyone that says we cant play the tampa 2 well doesnt watch the panthers play. thomas davis was a hybrid safety movedto linebacker so he will be fine in coverage. beason is to smart and fast not to adapt and we will prob work johnson and conner in at linebacker for the speed needed on the other side.

and for the complaints on soft zones. duh the linebackers where in coverage and it was not them that lost recivers in coverage it was marshall and godfrey that lost coverage. the sad part is that lucas would realize itand would make the saving tackle only to be left for the blame because he was on that side of the field.

and as far as fox taking over defenses it prob wont stop it is not a bad thing that he does. trovaq was better scheming for linebackers and fox specality is the db's. the key hire here will be the d line coach. dont forget the colts weakness was the run due to smaller faster players. we wont have as much as a problem with this cause outside of pep not comming back our guys will be bigger and faster than the colts d line.

Posted by: eric alan the pro | Jan 27, 2009 1:49:52 AM

I'm not sure this hiring makes much of a difference. When talking about Trgo leaving, virtually every reporter at least hinted to the fact that the departure was due in part to the limitations that Fox put on him. They also went on to defend Trgo's record and coaching ability. I think this is a "wait and see" hiring that has as much, if not more, to do with what Fox is willing to let him do than it is about what Meeks is capable of.

Posted by: Irony | Jan 27, 2009 9:21:18 AM

meeks has a super bowl ring so i hope fox leaves him alone to do his thing. fox is running out of coaches to blame.my only concern is that it usually takes a few years to learn the tampa 2 defense.we dont have years.im happy that meeks teams seem to do well vs the pass.maybe he can resurrect lucas and marshalls game and teach godfry.
i say good riddance to peppers.ive always felt that he was a cancer to the team.when you see your best player laughing on the sidelines after big losses and taking entire games off it cant be good for the morale.

if we play it right we can get some draft picks for peppers, plus we can lose that 17 million salary and go out and buy a stud tackle and a quality def end. tell me where im wrong procton?

Posted by: ray | Jan 27, 2009 12:08:03 PM

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