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Another small reason to be excited...Ron Meeks >>> Steve Wilks

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by matilack, May 27, 2012.

  1. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I know secondary coaches aren't usually a hot topic around here, but I am a fan of this man's track record.:tup:

    http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Hands-on-approach/db32308e-9335-40e3-8c6d-103bb10c18cd


    Ron Meeks is the Chargers' new secondary coach, hired in January to replace Steve Wilks, who took Meeks' former job as the secondary coach in Carolina. Meeks has an impressive resume that includes 11 NFL seasons as a defensive backs coach and nine as a defensive coordinator. He spent seven of those seasons as the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis and won a Super Bowl (XLI) with the Colts following the 2006 season. He understands that expectations are high in San Diego.

    “Anytime you make a change or start a new job, you’re excited about it because it’s a new challenge for you and this is no different,” said Meeks. “I’m excited to be out here and working with another group of guys. What we’re trying to do here is get to that place where we need to be to get into the playoffs and to see how far we can go.”

    Meeks figures to be a very good fit in San Diego. As the Colts’ defensive coordinator for seven seasons, Indianapolis ranked in the NFL’s top six in pass defense six times, including No. 2 rankings in three different seasons (2002, ’06 and ’07). The Chargers have ranked in the league’s top 13 each of the last three seasons, including the No. 1 ranking in the NFL in 2010.

    Early on, Meeks has emphasized fundamentals. It’s a trademark of his career that dates back to his days as a player. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Meeks moved on to become a standout cornerback at Arkansas State University and later for five seasons in the Canadian Football League before he crossed over into the coaching profession.

    At 57, some might expect Meeks to provide only the cerebral part of the game, but they’d be mistaken.

    “There’s always a learning process for the guys, especially when you get a new coach in,” said Meeks. “The players have done a great job of picking things up and understanding how we want to do things here and I’m excited about it. I try to be a fundamentalist and I’m picky about certain things. I think a lot of times, you learn by example and watching me do it can sometimes help those guys and I think the guys get excitement out of that. Something that’s always been a part of what I do is to demonstrate things and show them how it’s done and then let those guys go out there and do it.”

    By NFL standards, cornerback Quentin Jammer is relatively long in tooth as the 32-year-old enters his 11th NFL season but he has a good grasp of what the veteran coach Meeks can do for his game.

    “He wants me to get back to fundamentals,” explained Jammer. “In this game when you start to get a little bit older, you get a little smarter and start to slow down a little bit. Fundamentals can help you take back over your game and so that’s what he’s been out there coaching, with everybody, not just me, but the young guys too. If you’re fundamentally and technique-sound, you can do a lot of different things and do them a lot better than you can just based on straight athletic ability.”

    Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner knew exactly what he was getting in Meeks as the two worked together as far back as 1991 in Dallas and again in 2000 when Turner hired Meeks to coach the secondary for the Washington Redskins. Turner likes having the veteran coach heading up the team’s secondary and the qualities that he brings.

    “He’s a detail guy, he’s very demanding and he’s very specific in terms of what he’s asked the players to do,” said Turner of Meeks. “He knows the pressure that’s put on the secondary in this day and age and he knows how to tie it to a front.”

    At every stage of his coaching career, Meeks has tried to take a little bit of what he’s learned and incorporate it into how he goes about his job today. Besides Turner, he’s worked under an impressive list of coaches both on the college and professional levels and there’s a little bit of all of them in the Meeks of 2012.

    “There’s a lot of guys I’d have to give credit to,” said Meeks of the guys who’ve helped mold his coaching career. “Obviously working with Tony Dungy was big in my career. Back when I got started, Jimmy Johnson, had a lot to do with my development. And I could go all the way back to college and working with Jim Sweeney back at Fresno State. He was an influence on my career. Some of those things you never really forget because they mold you. You pick up things as you go and you try to be innovative yourself and create your own things and I think that’s what I’ve done in my career.”

    Cornerback Antoine Cason, who heads into his third year as a starter, is excited about what Meeks can do to help him improve as a player. Cason intercepted six passes and defensed 26 over the last two seasons and is a player headed into the prime of his career.

    “He’s coached a lot of great players and he sees another side of the things I do and the things he can help me with,” said Cason of Meeks. “I know he’s going to provide a spark for me to do some even better things so I’m excited to get out there and do the things that he’s going to help me with.”

    Even Jammer, who’s working with his fifth different secondary coach in 11 seasons feels re-energized not only by the change in seasons, but the change in coaches as well.

    “It definitely gives you a shot of invigoration just the way he goes about coaching when you see how happy and animated he is out there,” said Jammer of Meeks. “It’s a new season, new coach, so you always get a little more excited whenever a new season rolls around. It’s always very exciting.”
     
  2. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Good article....... a nice find, Madeline. ;)
     
  3. Ikeman83

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    We'll see how well his coaching works come September. I'm a little curious about what it is that they were working on last year... endzone dances that they never got to use?
     
  4. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Was soll diese endlose Gejammere? Jedes mal wenn Sie irgendwas schreiben, es ist als ob die Chargers Sie persönlich verletzt or beleidigt haben. Wenn Sie was zum meckern haben wollen, können Sie Anhänger von Hansa Rostock werden. Es wäre viel einfacher! ... (für uns alle!).
     
  5. DenverBolt67

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    It seems like we hear about new coaches every year and how they will fix all our problems. We will see
     
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I'm sorry, did I step on your toes news boy? :rolleyes:
     
  7. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    I don't know how you could expect anything else. Otherwise it would be like Romney admiting that he is not half as smart as Obama... and then instead of fixing problems... maintaining he needs to repeal the few small improvements the previous adminstration accomplished. One should be rather used to it by now. :D
     
  8. Ikeman83

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    Erstens, die Chargers beleidigen uns alle wenn sie verlieren.

    Zweitens, alles was ich schreibe ist überhaupt nicht negative. Die überwiegende Mehrheit davon, was ich zu sagen habe, ist einfach meine Gedanken darüber, wie die Chargers gespielt haben, oder wie die Mannschaft geführt wird. Die Chargers waren 8-8 letzte Saison, und 9-7 im Jahr davor. Sollte ich standisch überglücklich deswegen sein? Ich meine nicht. Ich bin während der Saison oft bis 2 oder 5 Uhr Morgens wach, um die Spiele zu sehen. Wenn ich so viel von mir selbst ausgegeben habe, soll es kein Wunder sein wenn ich von Versagen enttäuscht bin.

    Drittens, ich finde es ganz komisch, in einem Internet Forum gesiezt zu werden.

    Viertens, wen interesiert Hansa Rostock?
     
  9. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Eben. Aber man muß akzeptieren dass diese Angelegenheit mit ein bißchen Schmerz verbunden ist. Was Football gucken in Deutschland angeht, kenne ich aus eigene Erfahrung. Ich behaupte dass die Chargers nicht mit Absicht dich enttäuschen... und dieses könnte noch viel schlimmer sein.
     
  10. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    What is going on with all the German?
     
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  11. ETicket

    ETicket Well-Known Member

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    Or like Obama admitting he'd like to abolish huge chunks of our constitution because he finds it too limiting to his socialist agenda.
     
  12. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    Lets keep the politics off this board. Last thing we need is for this to turn into the ESPN boards where there is more politics argued than sports
     
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  13. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Obama is to socialism as snapping turtles are to crocodiles. None of you have been bit by one big enough to cause serious discomfort.
     
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    Another uninformed opinion.

    EDIT: Was supposed to say "uninformed". Damn Romney! ;)
     
  15. Sandolf

    Sandolf Blue Moon Rising

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    Exaggerating for effect is a technique older than the internet. :D
     
  16. ETicket

    ETicket Well-Known Member

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    Kettle, meet pot.
     
  17. ETicket

    ETicket Well-Known Member

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    You're right. I shouldn't have taken the bait, but I grow tired of people throwing out decidedly liberal
    political analogies. They seem to go unchecked on this board... so just this once... I checked.
     
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  18. ETicket

    ETicket Well-Known Member

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    Cool. My opinion wears a uniform.
     
  19. ETicket

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    And could we please direct this comment to the person who actually made the decision to introduce politics to the thread.
     
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  20. Sandolf

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    Pot certainly may explain these visions. :D
     
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  21. DenverBolt67

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    Both sides have unchecked ridiculous and completely made up idiologies
     
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  22. DenverBolt67

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    It was a blanket statement, not directed at any one person
     
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  23. Sandolf

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    May I suggest Chargers.com for any of you looking for an antiseptic environment... totally free of sex, politics and any rude behavior. As an added bonus... an extremely right wing band of moderators will share your opinions... and gleefully prevent you from expressing them.
     
  24. ETicket

    ETicket Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good. I'm one who actually comes to a football forum to exclusively read and post about football. If I want all that other stuff, I can go.... just about anywhere else in the world.
     
  25. Sandolf

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    Well if you think Obama is socialist... stay out of Canada. Pretty much all of Europe is out of the question too... maybe except for a few rural counties in the U.K. :D
     
  26. Ikeman83

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    Got me...
     
  27. Ikeman83

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    It's relative. For the US, he's a socialist, for Europe, he'd be a right-wing conservative, but that's irrelevant, seeing as he'll be running for a 2nd term as President of the United States.
     
  28. Sandolf

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    You are correct about that. About the only thing besides the lunatics more right wing than Obama in Germany might be the CSU... (which happily stands for Christian Socialist Union... hahaha..).
     
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    Your friend Shamrock being a heady contributor.

    Frank is watching us both.
     
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    Ich hab deine freudin gefickt , aber leider war sie nicht so gut wie deine mutter!
    Okay, that's all the German I've got.

    Mannschaft.:eek:
     

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