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Ron Meeks
Defensive Backfield
College:
Arkansas State
Experience:
21

Bio

COACHING
Ron Meeks returns to his roots as the Carolina Panthers defensive backfield coach in 2011. A 20-year NFL coaching veteran, he worked as a defensive backs coach for 10 years before becoming a defensive coordinator in 2002.

Meeks spent five seasons as the defensive backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1992-96 after beginning his NFL coaching career as a defensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. The Bengals led the league with 34 interceptions in 1996, including eight by Pro Bowl cornerback Ashley Ambrose. Twice during Meek's tenure, Cincinnati ranked in the top 10 in the league in pass defense, placing ninth in 1994 and second in 1993.

From 1997-99, he tutored the defensive backs for the Atlanta Falcons. They were one of three NFC teams to limit opponents to less than 200 yards passing per game in 1999, and two members of Meeks' secondary, cornerback Ray Buchanan and safety Eugene Robinson, made the Pro Bowl in 1998 when the Falcons captured the NFC Championship.

In 2000, Meeks coached the Washington Redskins defensive backs to a standing of second in the league against the pass, and cornerback Champ Bailey earned Pro Bowl accolades. He then moved to the St. Louis Rams as the secondary coach in 2001 and helped revitalize the defense. The Rams climbed from 27th to 11th in the NFL against the pass and won the NFC Championship. Cornerback Aeneas Williams started in the Pro Bowl, and safety Adam Archuleta made the NFL's all-rookie team.

Following one year with St. Louis, Meeks joined the Indianapolis Colts as defensive coordinator for seven seasons. From 2002-08, Indianapolis ranked among the top six in the NFL in pass defense five times - finishing second in 2002, fifth in 2003, second in 2006, second in 2007 and sixth in 2008. Known for coordinating stingy units, he oversaw Colts defenses that rated among the top seven in the league in points allowed five times under his command and contributed to a Super Bowl XLI championship in 2006.

An outstanding teacher, Meeks developed two defensive backs drafted while he was with Indianapolis into Pro Bowl players. One year after being a second-round draft choice in 2004, strong safety Bob Sanders, who earned a reputation as one of the NFL's hardest hitting safeties, started in the Pro Bowl - becoming the first Colts defensive back to be selected to the all-star game since 1971. In 2007, Sanders was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being chosen to the Pro Bowl along with free safety Antoine Bethea, the club's sixth-round pick in 2006.

Meeks initially came to Carolina as the team's defensive coordinator, a position he held for two years. In his first season presiding over the defense in 2009, he guided the Panthers to an eighth-place finish in yards allowed and ninth in scoring. Last year, Meek's unit started strong, rating in the top half of the league for much of the campaign and ended a respectable 18th under the weight of numerous injuries and a more than five minute average time of possession disadvantage.

He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Arkansas State, in 1984 prior to handling the defensive backs at Miami (Fla.) from 1986-87, New Mexico State in 1988 and Fresno State from 1989-90.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Meeks attended Arkansas State from 1972-76 and then played five seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back for the Hamilton TigerCats, Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts. He has four children, Jayson, Clayton, Quenton and Sadie, and one stepson, Christopher.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Arkansas State 1972-76. Pro defensive back: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) 1977-79, Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL) 1979, Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 1980-81. College coach: Arkansas State 1984-85, Miami (Fla.) 1986-87, New Mexico State 1988, Fresno State 1989-1990. Pro coach: Dallas Cowboys 1991, Cincinnati Bengals 1992-96, Atlanta Falcons 1997-99, Washington Redskins 2000, St. Louis Rams 2001, Indianapolis Colts 2002-08, joined Panthers in 2009.

COACHING
Ron Meeks returns to his roots as the Carolina Panthers defensive backfield coach in 2011. A 20-year NFL coaching veteran, he worked as a defensive backs coach for 10 years before becoming a defensive coordinator in 2002.

Meeks spent five seasons as the defensive backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1992-96 after beginning his NFL coaching career as a defensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. The Bengals led the league with 34 interceptions in 1996, including eight by Pro Bowl cornerback Ashley Ambrose. Twice during Meek's tenure, Cincinnati ranked in the top 10 in the league in pass defense, placing ninth in 1994 and second in 1993.

From 1997-99, he tutored the defensive backs for the Atlanta Falcons. They were one of three NFC teams to limit opponents to less than 200 yards passing per game in 1999, and two members of Meeks' secondary, cornerback Ray Buchanan and safety Eugene Robinson, made the Pro Bowl in 1998 when the Falcons captured the NFC Championship.

In 2000, Meeks coached the Washington Redskins defensive backs to a standing of second in the league against the pass, and cornerback Champ Bailey earned Pro Bowl accolades. He then moved to the St. Louis Rams as the secondary coach in 2001 and helped revitalize the defense. The Rams climbed from 27th to 11th in the NFL against the pass and won the NFC Championship. Cornerback Aeneas Williams started in the Pro Bowl, and safety Adam Archuleta made the NFL's all-rookie team.

Following one year with St. Louis, Meeks joined the Indianapolis Colts as defensive coordinator for seven seasons. From 2002-08, Indianapolis ranked among the top six in the NFL in pass defense five times - finishing second in 2002, fifth in 2003, second in 2006, second in 2007 and sixth in 2008. Known for coordinating stingy units, he oversaw Colts defenses that rated among the top seven in the league in points allowed five times under his command and contributed to a Super Bowl XLI championship in 2006.

An outstanding teacher, Meeks developed two defensive backs drafted while he was with Indianapolis into Pro Bowl players. One year after being a second-round draft choice in 2004, strong safety Bob Sanders, who earned a reputation as one of the NFL's hardest hitting safeties, started in the Pro Bowl - becoming the first Colts defensive back to be selected to the all-star game since 1971. In 2007, Sanders was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being chosen to the Pro Bowl along with free safety Antoine Bethea, the club's sixth-round pick in 2006.

Meeks initially came to Carolina as the team's defensive coordinator, a position he held for two years. In his first season presiding over the defense in 2009, he guided the Panthers to an eighth-place finish in yards allowed and ninth in scoring. Last year, Meek's unit started strong, rating in the top half of the league for much of the campaign and ended a respectable 18th under the weight of numerous injuries and a more than five minute average time of possession disadvantage.

He started his coaching career at his alma mater, Arkansas State, in 1984 prior to handling the defensive backs at Miami (Fla.) from 1986-87, New Mexico State in 1988 and Fresno State from 1989-90.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Meeks attended Arkansas State from 1972-76 and then played five seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back for the Hamilton TigerCats, Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts. He has four children, Jayson, Clayton, Quenton and Sadie, and one stepson, Christopher.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Arkansas State 1972-76. Pro defensive back: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) 1977-79, Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL) 1979, Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 1980-81. College coach: Arkansas State 1984-85, Miami (Fla.) 1986-87, New Mexico State 1988, Fresno State 1989-1990. Pro coach: Dallas Cowboys 1991, Cincinnati Bengals 1992-96, Atlanta Falcons 1997-99, Washington Redskins 2000, St. Louis Rams 2001, Indianapolis Colts 2002-08, joined Panthers in 2009.

 

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  • Practice Day

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    Defensive Coordinator Ron Meeks reviews plays and strategy with Adam and his sister, Samantha. (Photo by Ron Deshaies.)
  • Captain Munnerlyn

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    Backpedaling with defensive coordinator Ron Meeks; June 9, 2009 at OTAs.
  • Ron Meeks

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    Carolina's defensive coordinator smiles during practice; June 4, 2009 at OTAs.
  • Summer School: Day 2

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    Ron Meeks shows his defense what's next.
  • Summer School: Day 1

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    Defensive coordinator Ron Meeks guides linebacker James Anderson.