Meeks Gone?


Posted by Mike Florio on January 19, 2009, 8:33 p.m. EST

A source with knowledge of the Colts’ organization has given us an intriguing tip.

Defensive coordinator Ron Meeks apparently has been fired by new coach Jim Caldwell.

We’re not reporting it as hard news yet, and we apologize to the various writers who’ll now be dispatched by their editors to chase this one.

We’ve got no reason to doubt our source, however.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen suggested on Sunday that changes could be coming to the defensive coaching staff.  The departure of Meeks would be a fairly significant one.

Earlier this month, Meeks was interviewed by the Jets for the head-coaching position that officially was filled today by former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

Meeks, like former Colts special teams coordinator Russ Purnell, joined the team with former head coach Tony Dungy in 2002.

Mortensen also reported on Sunday that owner Jim Irsay had to persuade offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd not to retire.

Bottom line?  The transition from Dungy to new coach Jim Caldwell has hardly been seamless or smooth.

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