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January 27, 2009

Reeves: Meeks' players 'fly to the ball'

New Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ron Meeks has coached under some legendary names in the NFL -- including Jimmy Johnson, Dan Reeves and Tony Dungy. Reeves had Meeks on his Atlanta Falcons staff for three productive seasons. One of those seasons -- 1998 -- was especially memorable: The Falcons went to the Super Bowl, where they lost to John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

Meeks was the Falcons' secondary coach from 1997-99. Reeves also arrived as the team's head coach in 1997 and hired Meeks without having met him previous to their first interview.

"He's a very good teacher," Reeves said Tuesday. "He's very much a technician and knowledgeable about the game. He's been around good coaches who have helped develop him into what he is today."

Reeves said Meeks combines the best of a coach's ability to teach with allowing his players to play on instinct.

"The way he gets his players to just fly to the ball has always impressed me," said Reeves, who said he regretted losing Meeks to the Washington Redskins in 2000. "What he's always preached is pursuit,of getting to the football."

-- Meeks will spend the rest of this week huddling with head coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney, working on filling the three assistant defensive coaching vacancies (line, linebackers and secondary). Look for some of those announcements to come later this week. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on January 27, 2009 at 04:35 PM | Permalink


Hopefully he'll teach our linebackers to run towards the QB in the 4th quarter when we're leading by a couple of scores.

Hopefully his hire will bring to an end these situations where you know they're going to pass the ball and yet you rush 4 guys time and time again. You're just letting him have way too much time in that pocket.

If zone coverage is supposed to work, you have to force the QB into making a mistake. You can't let him hang back all day.

Welcome to the team Meek! I hope you bring Super Bowl talent to the defense and I look forward to the finished product in 2009.

Posted by: Revshawn | Jan 27, 2009 5:45:34 PM

This article is what iv'e been trying to tell u guys. this man is awesome with a def. he's gona bring a that tenacity that were all lookn for. yes u'l see zone coverage but it wont be so vanilla and with a nose for the ball attitude. im a little concerned for chris harris though he just doesnt have the speed for this def. we may see him traded, demoted, or let go all together...unless he can increase his speed some this offseason. untill then sign some coaches with expertise, balls, and teaching ability...and sign Gross already.

Posted by: randy | Jan 27, 2009 6:16:12 PM

hey randy.....chris harris already played in the tampa 2 in chicago and quite well.....remember he picked manning in the super bowl......

Posted by: RJK | Jan 27, 2009 8:41:06 PM

lol Randy Harris already has played in a cover 2 defense before. With Chicago, and he wasn't bad.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Jan 27, 2009 9:07:59 PM

Randy - you pick on the one player on the defense, that plays full throttle the whole game.... I would rather have a whole team with Harris's attitude, toughness, football instincts, and play making ability... Then to have (1) Peppers, "should I play this down or the next down" , yawn ,, Randy, it's time to pay closer attention, dude...lol

Posted by: Catsnmbr1fan | Jan 27, 2009 10:08:38 PM

Chris Harris plays harder than almost anyone on the team. Beason and Smitty are the only two who match him play for play in terms of intensity.

Posted by: John | Jan 28, 2009 11:51:26 AM

Chris Harris plays harder than almost anyone on the team. Beason and Smitty are the only two who match him play for play in terms of intensity.

Posted by: John | Jan 28, 2009 11:51:31 AM

Randy could you be more of an idiot?! Chris harris is one of the best players on our desense. Cut him???? I can tell you have a lot of football experience. Moron!

Posted by: Jim | Jan 28, 2009 12:39:54 PM

Meeks come from Jacksonville Power House, Robert E Lee High School. Coached by win leader Corky Rogers. Lee is the home to such stars as Leroy Butler, Edgar Bennet, Harmon Wages, Clemsons Wes Mann. UGA Ricky Rukab, Mars Hill, Mark Pace, Leon "Butch" Barrett and Ron Meeks

Posted by: MP | Jan 28, 2009 1:23:34 PM

trade peppers. spend the pepper's money on signing haynesworth.use all the peppers picks on defense. sign free agent leftwich to play qb. we can protect the quarterback and his arm and head are not dead. easy fix for the panthers and play to win the game.

Posted by: joe | Jan 28, 2009 3:05:35 PM

kiss my ass. why did chicago trade him then...bcause he was awesome. doubt it...because he was expendable...dont get me wrong i think he rocks but might be a step or two slow for cover two...wow get a life freaks. ur still my dogs though...muah go cats...

Posted by: randy | Jan 28, 2009 5:14:32 PM

Im not sure why u guys are being so hard on randy. he only made a comment that was true. harris isnt the fastest of safties. now cutting him would be stupid but truth of the fact is harris can and does get beat deep...but all safties do so i keep him. just would like to see him in on some more turnovers late in the season. but lucas would have to restructure to stay ,he's gona b making way too much and gota sign gross even if he wants the biggest deal ever for a OL...and for pep i guess thats up in the air at this point.

Posted by: dolph | Jan 28, 2009 7:26:31 PM

the panthers should blitz harris on every passing down and have marshall,gamble godfry, and lucas in the secondary. we really need a stud def tackle to make this work. we should be able to do that with the 16 million saved by dumping peppers,plus get a good def end.harris is not a great pass defender. he might as well be hurrying the q.b. maybe we will have some exotic blitz packages with meeks on board.

Posted by: ray | Jan 30, 2009 10:45:12 AM

Frankly, I'm struck with the notion that Harris has a relatively similar skill set to Antoine Bethea, who made a Pro Bowl under Meeks in Indy. And while the guy's not great in coverage, he didn't give up anywhere near as many big plays as Godfrey did this year. That kid was supposed to be strong in coverage!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 30, 2009 2:13:00 PM

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