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Ron Meeks Let Go

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Panthers secondary coach Ron Meeks, one of only two holdovers from John Fox's staff, has been relieved of his duties, sources told the Observer on Friday.

Meeks, who has two decades of NFL coaching experience, was with the Panthers' for three years, including two as Fox's defensive coordinator. Meeks and assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III were the only assistants retained by Ron Rivera when he was hired last year.

In a brief phone interview Friday, Meeks was noncommittal when asked about his status for next season. Rivera was unavailable for comment.

The Panthers were 24th among 32 teams in pass defense in 2011, allowing an average of 246.8 yards a game.

--Joseph Person

http://blogs.charlotte.com/panthers/

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Well, when the DBs on the team are one the weakest spots on the team (albeit not all their fault) ...

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Yea, not entirely surprised.

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i was kind of surprised they kept him. he's more of a cover2 guy. didn't seem to fit what rivera and mcdermmott was doing.

i wonder who they have in mind.

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I think this is definitely a message sent to the team. I think Ron is a scapegoat in this case, but its a message nonetheless.

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Yeah not all his fault, it starts up front.

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Meh.... I think we'd be fine if we were able to create pressure from the defensive line and injected some better talent in thr secondary. Did we consider the possibility that Sherrod Martin just isn't very good?

Should this be concerning? Rivera first states that he doesn't want to make any moves this offseason on the DL, now he makes a move that would dictate he believes the secondary play is largely to blame for our defensive struggles.

Hmm.

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i don't know if he was a scapegoat. i just don't think he and rivera's D were simpatico.

probably kept more for a little continuity than anything.

we can do better. i hope we do.

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Get better or we will move on without you.

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Good! Throw out the trash.

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Yeah it's totally Meeks' fault that Hurney went with a midget as a starting cornerback in the NFL.

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I will say this though: Even with the defensive line excuse, I thought Godfrey and Martin were SIGNIFICANTLY worse this season than last.

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