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Old 01-26-2009, 02:11 PM   #452
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Posted by Josh Alper on January 26, 2009, 4:53 p.m. EST

Ron Meeks didn’t have to wait long to find his next gig. The former Colts defensive coordinator, who resigned/jumped before he got pushed on January 20th, was named the new defensive coordinator for the Panthers on Monday.

“We are very pleased to add Ron to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator,” said Panthers head coach John Fox. “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 replaces Mike Trgovac, who turned down an offer to return to the Panthers and opted to take a job coaching the defensive line with the Packers. Meeks was the Colts’ defensive coordinator from 2002 until last week, and in that time his defenses finished in the top seven in points allowed in three of the last four seasons. In the other season the Colts won the Super Bowl.

As with every decision involving the Panthers defense this offseason, how the move affects their chances of keeping Julius Peppers will be discussed. Meeks’ defenses led to big sack numbers for defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but they came in a 4-3 scheme. Peppers has expressed his desire to play in a 3-4 next season.
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