Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 1/13/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers stands on the sidelines during the game against the New York Giants on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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
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