Cardinals receive “several” requests for Ray Horton

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With plenty of head-coaching jobs coming open and not necessarily a slew of high-end head coaches to fill the vacancies, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton likely will be in high demand, given the well-above-average job he has done with the team’s defense.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s already starting.  The Cardinals, we’re told, have received “several” requests from other teams to interview Horton.

Of course, Horton may not make it very far beyond Arizona.  It has been rumored for weeks that the Cardinals are considering swapping out Ken Whisenhunt for Horton.  Indeed, the fact that Horton will have plenty of suitors likely hastened the effort in Arizona, ensuring that they’ll at least have an opportunity to get his attention before he potentially goes elsewhere.

Even though Horton remains under contract with the Cardinals, assistant coaches are free to leave if being promoted to head-coaching positions.

24 responses to “Cardinals receive “several” requests for Ray Horton

  1. I think Hue Jackson should be on the top of the OC and Hc list. Huge Raiders had a dominant 8th ranked offense last year w/o McFadden half of the year. This year they dropped to 18th.

  2. I just don’t think a defensive minded head coach is what the Cards need. The Niners had to learn this with the Singletary hiring when they already had a good defense in place, but the real problem was always the offense and it remained that way until Harbaugh took over.

  3. Given the Rooney rule, and that he is a credible candidate, any team should interview him even if they are leaning in another direction. Also, Re: KIR, Hue Jackson better not be considered for any coaching gig with player personnel authority, his Carson Palmer trade was one of the worst in football in the last decade.

  4. It’s pretty much a given that they promote him to HC. He has strong Steeler blood in him.

  5. Please take head coaching job outside of NFC West because those schemes are hard on QBs and like to see him terrorizing other offensive coordinator. If the Cards could have scored some points and not left D out there whole game they would be a threat to anyone.

  6. KIR says:Dec 31, 2012 4:05 PM

    I think Hue Jackson should be on the top of the OC and Hc list. Huge Raiders had a dominant 8th ranked offense last year w/o McFadden half of the year. This year they dropped to 18th.
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    Yeah take Hue Jackson,then let him trade for Carson Palmer.

  7. I’ve been hoping the Eagles at least bring him in for an interview since that sack, fumble, scoop, and score back in Sept. I like he and maybe David Shaw as potential Rooney canidates.

  8. The defense was so awesome this year. You can’t just trust the stats because the Cards offense was SO terrible this year that the defense spent much more time on the field than most team’s defenses.

    It’s a crying shame when your defense generates SIX turnovers and you still lose a game (vs Falcons).

    I hope Horton stays.

  9. Ray Horton makes an excellent token Rooney Rule candidate. He could be interviewed by the other 6 teams, let ’em get that out of the way, then accept the HC job with the Cardinals.

  10. If assistant coaches are free to leave if being promoted to head-coaching positions, why would any team have to request permission to interview Horton?

  11. I see a lot of people seem to have a problem with the Rooney Rule. It doesn’t say that the team that interviews and minorty has to hire them.
    So, what’s the issue with granting them a interview. Concerning the the Cards job, I don’t think coaching was the problem. I lay the blame on what happen on the GM. Lineheart and Kolb doomed the cards

  12. Ray Horton deserves better than being a part of the dog and pony show that is the Rooney Rule. He deserves a head job.

  13. So what. He is a D coach….even Bill B who is all D has thrown everything into the O.
    Not saying he is no good – but if he gets HC – will have to HOPE he gets/has/drafts good D players to still be considered a good D coach – and then has the O to deal with.

  14. So your the D-Coordinator for a team that lost 11 games and only 4 other teams in your conference gave up more points, and you’re a top coach in the NFL? Oh ok I get it.

  15. I’d take Horton in Detroit if ownership had the stones to fire Schwartz.

    Suh and Fairley at ends in 3-4, Corey Williams and Sammie Lee Hill rotate at nose. Cliff Avril played rush LB at Purdue, so he goes outside. You only need one outside backer for the other side and you’re good to go. Maybe you get that guy at #5 if no secondary prospects grade out that high.

  16. “So your the D-Coordinator for a team that lost 11 games and only 4 other teams in your conference gave up more points, and you’re a top coach in the NFL? Oh ok I get it.”
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    The Cards offense was last in almost every statistical category. They were 1st in 3-in-out’s and last in 3rd down conversions. Their defense was on the field more than any other team in the NFL. With a decent offense, the Cards are a top 5 defense. Ray Horton is an EXCELLENT defensive coordinator. I hope his coaching style can transition to being a productive HC.

  17. The Rooney rule and his hair have a lot in common, both relevant in the 90s, both need to go in 2012.

    Good coach regardless of skin color or dated style.

  18. Any guys getting token’d for the Rooney rule should “consult” for a chunk of cabbage and then buy their mom something nice. They definitely shouldn’t be flying in for free.

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