AFC South: Mike Trgovac

Meeks lands in Carolina

January, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Ron Meeks resigned in Indianapolis when it became clear the Colts were going to go a different direction under Jim Caldwell.

Meeks has landed in Carolina, where he will take over for the departed Mike Trgovac as John Fox's defensive coordinator.

Trogovac turned down an extension and went to coach the defensive line in Green Bay.

Fox lauded Meeks after landing him for a staff that's had major defections.

"He's an outstanding teacher who has enjoyed great success as a coordinator in the league and brings a strong background of coaching championship defenses," Fox said.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Houston Texans

Nada, sorry.

Indianapolis Colts

Bob Kravitz wonders if the Colts got rid of the right assistant coaches.

Jacksonville Jaguars

An I-was-wrong-alert. I thought the Jaguars might hire Mike Trgovac when he decided to leave Carolina, because he and Jack Del Rio are friends. But Trgovac landed in Green Bay as defensive line coach. Vito Stellino reports it's official: Mel Tucker is the new defensive coordinator, Russ Purnell is the new special teams coach, Charlie Jackson is the new defensive line assistant, Luke Richesson is the new strength coach and Johnny Cox is the new quality control coach.

Gene Frenette says the Jaguars should take the best available player with the eighth pick in the draft and expects Jack Del Rio will be running the defense no matter who's the coordinator.

Tennessee Titans

Michael Griffin has big plans for big improvement in the offseason, writes Jim Wyatt.

Wyatt thinks Jeff Fisher is leaning to Chuck Cecil over Dave McGinnis for defensive coordinator. I agree and think the announcement hasn't come because Fisher wants to get his other ducks in a row first.

A look at the free agents in the Titans defensive backfield from Gary Estwick.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

It looks as if Mike Trgovac will be the Jaguars' new defensive coordinator.

He's been with the Panthers since 2002, but his contract is up and he recently shifted gears. Pat Yasinskas over on the NFC South blog says Trgovac told the team he was going to pursue other options. Trgovac and Del Rio are good friends from their one year together in 2002, when Del Rio was Carolina's defensive coordinator and Trgovac was defensive line coach.

Del Rio is coaching the South team at the Senior Bowl with a thin staff -- he has seven openings.

Trgovac will bring some intrigue with him. While Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver has indicated the team is wary of free agency after big-dollar contracts for receiver Jerry Porter and cornerback Drayton Florence backfired, the team has a pass-rush issue and now has a tie to Carolina free-agent-to-be Julius Peppers.

Peppers is unhappy and looking to leave. And contrary to popular opinion, I am told he and Trgovac get along just fine.

Could the Jaguars, with $15 million in cap space, make a push for Peppers when free agency opens at the end of February?

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