Berea, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Browns made Ray Horton their new
defensive coordinator on Friday.
Horton thought he was in position to become the new head coach of the Arizona
Cardinals, after he spent the previous two seasons (2011-12) as the team's
However, the Cardinals decided to make Bruce Arians head coach on Thursday,
which reportedly led to a heated exchange between Horton and general manager
Horton replaces Dick Jauron, who was Cleveland's defensive coordinator the
past two seasons.
This past season, Horton guided a defensive unit that led the NFL in passer
rating allowed (71.2). His defense also ranked second in the NFL in
interceptions (22) and third-down efficiency (32.9 percent).
Cleveland ranked 23rd in total defense in 2012.
"As we've said before, an important factor in hiring Rob was our confidence in
him being able to put together a top-quality staff," said Browns CEO Joe
Banner. "He has assembled an extremely impressive group of coaches, and that
will be very beneficial as we develop our players."
Prior to his time in Arizona, Horton spent seven seasons (2004-10) as the
defensive backs/assistant defensive backs coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He started his coaching career in Washington, where he served as assistant
defensive backs/defensive assistant for three seasons (1994-96). He then made
two stops as defensive backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-2001) and
Detroit Lions (2002-03), before landing in Pittsburgh.
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