Panthers Hire Meeks as Defensive Coordinator

New York Giants running back Derrick Ward runs for a 51-yard gain while chased by Carolina Panthers, from left, Chris Harris, Thomas Davis, Na'il Diggs and Jon Beason (52) in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 34-28. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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The Carolina Panthers have hired Ron Meeks as their new defensive coordinator.

Meeks spent the past seven seasons running the Indianapolis
Colts' defense. He replaces Mike Trgovac, who resigned last week
despite being offered a contract extension.

The 54-year-old Meeks will take over a defense that struggled at
the end of the season. Carolina allowed 30 or more points in six of
its last seven games, including in a 33-13 loss to Arizona in the
NFC divisional playoffs.

The move Monday leaves the Panthers with three openings on coach
John Fox's defensive staff.