Here are a few odds and ends, as we try to get the kids to bed before 24 ("We're running out of time"):
-- Just talked to Colts MLB Gary Brackett, who described new Panthers defensive coordinator Ron Meeks as "an extension of Tony Dungy."
Brackett talked about the calm way Meeks approached fixing the defense prior to the start of the 2006 playoffs. That was the year they were worst in the league against the run, but with a few injured starters back in time, they turned it around to win a championship.
"Much like coach Dungy, his whole philosophy is 'less is more,'" Brackett said. "Playing our scheme, making sure everyone was accountable, and everybody making plays when we had to. That's it."
Then it's little wonder the Panthers dug him. They tried to hire Dungy in 2002, before he chose to go with the Colts.
-- Meeks is on his way back here in the next few days, and it'll be interesting to hear from him what he has planned. At this point, it's impossible to know if they're going full-blown Tampa 2 or whether they'll look similar to what they've been doing.
-- Former Panthers OLB Kevin Greene is working with Dom Capers again, coaching linebackers for the Green Bay Packers.
My only question is, if a player chokes Greene on the sideline, which one of them will Capers not punish?
-- It really is a small world. Meeks spent one year in Washington (2000) as secondary coach under Norv Turner. The defensive line coach on that staff? One Mike Trgovac, who he just replaced here.