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Report: Horton out, Bowles in as Cardinals defensive coordinator

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For most of the last two weeks, it appeared that the Cardinals were attempting to implement a cake-and-eat-it approach to Ray Horton, keeping the head-coaching candidate as defensive coordinator and hiring an offensive-minded head coach.

Though the latter is what happened, Horton apparently won’t be staying.

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that Horton is out as the Arizona defensive coordinator.  Per Silver, he’ll be replaced by former Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Bruce Arians’ staff.

Bowles was elevated to the position in Philly after Juan Castillo was fired.  The Eagles went 1-9 with Bowles in the job, with the Eagles giving up on average 31.9 points per game.

In contrast, the Cardinals’ defense was the only bright spot for the team last year.  And if Horton is available, he’ll surely land on his feet elsewhere — perhaps even sooner than Rob Ryan, who said last week he’d have a new job in five minutes.

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  1. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jan 17, 2013 10:12 PM


  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:12 PM

    LOL! This is good stuff!

  3. firstand4ever says: Jan 17, 2013 10:13 PM

    As much as I like The Bruce Arians hire by Arizona. This move takes away some of the positivity towards that hire. Bowles is not even in Horton’s league as a coordinator. Problem #2 is that Bowles is a 4-3 defensive coordinator and he is inheriting a 3-4 defense.

  4. mrclearview says: Jan 17, 2013 10:13 PM

    Kinda screwed the pooch on that one

  5. thejuddstir says: Jan 17, 2013 10:14 PM

    Rob who?????

  6. steelcurtain9 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:15 PM

    geez, you gotta think there are better candidates out there than Bowles.

  7. judalation says: Jan 17, 2013 10:15 PM

    Ouch… Bowels had a stable of talent in Philly and yet he could not get them to play together as a team. This is a big hit for the Cardinals defense!

    Looks like Ray Horton was “Roonied”… Thats to say that he was only interviewed to satisfy the Rooney rule but was never really considered a true candidate.

    Thats sad because the Cardinals had a really good defense but their offense…. That was really a mole fore the opposition more than a true offense. That Jets game between Sanchez and the Cardinals was truly the worst thing I have seen since 9/11.

    Its likely that the reason why he was not selected was because most teams like offensive coaches since they tend to do better. Look at the Jets and Bears… But there is the Patriots as well…

    Ray Horton should not have been surprised but this denotes the Rooney rule hurts black candidates as they almost never get hired and are forced to interview and waist their time… as well as get their hopes up. Its like a wealthy family promising to adopt a child and then driving off when they try to open the door.

  8. 666foles says: Jan 17, 2013 10:15 PM

    That was quick

  9. cardinalsfan87 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:15 PM


  10. 25cuts says: Jan 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    Bring him to Philly. He’s like it there.

  11. pjcostello says: Jan 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    “Excuse me, Mr. Horton? Chip Kelly is on line one, sir. Something about a defensive coordinator vacancy.”

  12. gadzod says: Jan 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    What the hell? That defense is the only reason they won any games this year. Let alone stay in a lot of other ones…..

  13. freshnesssss says: Jan 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    boy the cards sure no how to screw up the one good thing they had

  14. jimmysee says: Jan 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    That was fast.

  15. titans12thman says: Jan 17, 2013 10:17 PM

    The Titans would love to have you Ray, please take a minute to consider Tennessee!……Oh yeah, hey Bud, he really is good and deserves an interview at minimum….unless your good with as many points we are giving up per game.

  16. westcoastredbird says: Jan 17, 2013 10:18 PM

    Their defense was their ONLY bright spot. Now this. Same old Cardinals one step forward and three steps back!

  17. haterswelcomed says: Jan 17, 2013 10:18 PM

    DC swap?

  18. dietrich43 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 PM

    And the rest of the NFC West thanks them for mucking this up. And does Arizona know that they don’t have to hire guys with ties to Pittsburgh?

  19. blackngold4life says: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 PM

    Go back to Pittsburgh..LeBeau could use a extra set of eyes over there..but seriously..dude is a good coach. He’ll have his day

  20. hawksfanallday says: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 PM

    This move makes no sense. LOL Wasnt he one of the few bright spots the cardinals had this season?

  21. dkrauss93 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:19 PM

    wow. Horton please come to NY and help the Jets.

  22. paulz624 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    Lets go Eagles, get Horton on a plane and make him your new D Coord tonight .

  23. cardsfann1 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    Really? Bowles? Come on man!!!

  24. larryboodry says: Jan 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    Oh, this could be very interesting…Welcome to Chicago, Mr. Horton.

  25. mp4philly says: Jan 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    Straight swap. Come to Philly ASAP Ray!

  26. brownsfan5505 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:20 PM

    hope the browns hire him

  27. ace8842 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:21 PM

    Dumbest hire in the history of mankind? Did anyone see his numbers with the Eagle defense? 31.9 POINTS PER GAME! Tons of miscommunications in the secondary, players quitting…

  28. bobbyhoying says: Jan 17, 2013 10:21 PM

    Good for Todd. Did he play for Arians?

  29. pickney1 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:22 PM

    With the Cardinals staff wanting to follow the trend and select an offensive coach as a result hiring a defensive coordinator that has been sub-par(to be nice) the past two seasons leads to the Cardinals staying status quo position while Ray Horton has the opportunity to go towards any team of his choice continuing his climb towards possibly becoming a head coach within the near future.

  30. phleaglesfan says: Jan 17, 2013 10:22 PM

    “Ray”…”I have Chip Kelly on the phone!”

  31. atomicpunk says: Jan 17, 2013 10:23 PM

    A big mistake ! players respected Horton not sure what Bowles has ever done?

  32. 1pwrightt says: Jan 17, 2013 10:23 PM

    OMG. Can’t the Cards get anything right? We had a great defense and now we get this looser. What are the Cards thinking?

  33. diesel23 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:24 PM

    Come to Chicago

  34. jr4real says: Jan 17, 2013 10:25 PM


    Arians is incompetent

  35. dalucks says: Jan 17, 2013 10:25 PM

    NFL coaching stock sure trades in a unique manner. Who knew going 1-9 and giving up 30 points per game could keep your value high enough to get another job?
    There was a time when those stats would make the stock price drop to an all time low.

  36. cubano76 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:26 PM


  37. rajbais says: Jan 17, 2013 10:27 PM

    Why was my comment

    “The HC change is good, but he would benefit more with his ex-Steelers colleague Ray Horton.

    All ills will be cured once they get a QB.

    As for Andrew Luck, the Colts are better off promoting 2009-11 play caller Clyde Christensen back to OC or getting Stanford OC Pep Hamilton, who is being sought by the Jets.”


    Is this WRONG to say??

  38. pftisterrible says: Jan 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    This is a perfect example of why the Cardinals are a joke of a franchise.

  39. bigshirk says: Jan 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    firstand4ever says:
    Jan 17, 2013 10:13 PM
    As much as I like The Bruce Arians hire by Arizona. This move takes away some of the positivity towards that hire. Bowles is not even in Horton’s league as a coordinator. Problem #2 is that Bowles is a 4-3 defensive coordinator and he is inheriting a 3-4 defense.

    What?? He was in Miami for like 5 years, and they ran 3-4 the entire time…

  40. lightcleric says: Jan 17, 2013 10:30 PM

    WOW you string the guy around with two interviews about being head coach and then run him out of town when he was the only competent guy on the staff?

  41. blackngold4life says: Jan 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    Wont be a 3-4 defense this year! LMMFAO the Only bright spot was the defense besides Fitzgerald and they hire Bowles?? once again a GM making bad personnel decisions

  42. goldrush36 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:32 PM

    Well the cards were looking up for all of about 3 hrs… poor fans deserve better than what they keep getting handed

  43. xxakshunxx says: Jan 17, 2013 10:33 PM

    the only downside of any team hiring Horton is he might be looking for a HC job next year so you could be lookin for anothe DC within a year of hiring him..

  44. rajbais says: Jan 17, 2013 10:34 PM

    I hate this move, but it is Arians giving his ex-player from Temple a shot.

  45. eaglesfan036 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:35 PM

    As an eagles fan, I don’t get this move at all. Horton seemed to be running a great defense, and Bowles was absolutely terrible at defensive coordinator last year.

  46. urlacherbacker says: Jan 17, 2013 10:35 PM

    Get that man a plane ticket Emery!

  47. azcards says: Jan 17, 2013 10:39 PM

    I am going to organize a Cardinals Jersery burning in front of the Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe to show my distaste for this decision and this team. Who is with me?

  48. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    Bowles is absolutely terrible. Oh and look, another “Rob Ryan said he’d get a job in five minutes” line.

  49. bigjdve says: Jan 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    Last year Bowles was in a no win situation, by the time he took over, the players had quit.

    With regard to Horton, he didn’t want to stay, so they had to get rid of him.

    I hope he finds something somewhere – he would be a good fit in Dallas as a DC.

  50. It's always funny in Philadelphia says: Jan 17, 2013 10:41 PM

    If Bowles couldn’t succeed with DRC, Non-D Asomugha and the rest of the “Dream Team,” then how is he going to succeed with the Cardinals? Better yet, how is he going to handle Darnell Dockett?

  51. artiesliver says: Jan 17, 2013 10:42 PM

    Ray horton is an overrated punk.

  52. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2013 10:44 PM

    All the little Hortons hear a “NOOOOO!!!!”.

  53. birdfancardinalshawkeyes says: Jan 17, 2013 10:44 PM

    The Arizona Cardinals just lost a fan in me. They have definately screwed this one up.

  54. xerocc says: Jan 17, 2013 10:45 PM

    no wonder the cardinals are never good

  55. thefiesty1 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:47 PM

    So much for affirmative action for Horton.

  56. ramsnation88 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    Hey Ray, just so happens another NFC West team is looking for a coordinator. Looking for some revenge?

  57. rap49er says: Jan 17, 2013 10:59 PM

    No problem . The NFC West is always so weak. Oh, wait a minute.

  58. Canyonero says: Jan 17, 2013 11:02 PM

    I’m as nutty for Horton as any informed Cards fan, but there MUST be something else going on here. He was interviewed multiple times for the job, and it never stuck.

    After awhile, you gotta ask why that is. Puh-leeze don’t give me the “he got cornrows” thing.

  59. valid1 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:04 PM

    Be nice if the Ravens could scope him up. Everyone knows our DC job is a straight shot to a head coaching job, just look at Pagano. One good year and then straight to the Colts. Besides we could sure use his help rebuilding after losing Lewis and Reed this coming off-season, hopefully after their superbowl victory.

  60. valid1 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:05 PM


  61. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:09 PM

    Talk about a slap in the face.

    He shouldn’t have trouble finding a DC job with another team and likely a better one.

  62. godblessfootball says: Jan 17, 2013 11:09 PM

    Everyone calm down. Cardinals defense was decent but not great. I propose a straight up trade of Dockett and Kolb for Rothlisberger

  63. dongaddy says: Jan 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    I thought Bowels would never get a job again who the hell does he know he will be fired by week 4

  64. tuberippin says: Jan 17, 2013 11:14 PM

    So I guess the Cardinals will be cool with finishing last in the NFC West again next season

  65. hahapapa says: Jan 17, 2013 11:17 PM

    Chicago ?

  66. redthomas25 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:17 PM

    I though he was hiring keith butler as his defensive coordinator.

  67. hendeeze says: Jan 17, 2013 11:22 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    Jan 17, 2013 10:19 PM
    And the rest of the NFC West thanks them for mucking this up. And does Arizona know that they don’t have to hire guys with ties to Pittsburgh?

    The rest of the NFC West swept the Cardinals save for a week 1 win over the Seahawks. Nobody is thanking the Cardinals, we just disregard them as usual

  68. themanchine says: Jan 17, 2013 11:25 PM

    Bowles? Really? I understand having to part ways with Horton after hiring Arians, but honestly Rob Ryan would’ve fit perfectly as DC there.
    {face palm re: Bowles}

  69. sippindasyzurp says: Jan 17, 2013 11:26 PM

    Horton to the packers! Bye capers

  70. larryboodry says: Jan 17, 2013 11:29 PM

    I’m not familiar with Bowles, but from what I’m reading it’s good for the Bears he’s off the grid now…AZ should have tried to get Lovie as DC.

  71. realfootballfan says: Jan 17, 2013 11:33 PM

    Same sorry ass Cardinals.

  72. nwofolife says: Jan 17, 2013 11:37 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up lol. Thats why they will always be the Cardinals.

  73. beardinals says: Jan 17, 2013 11:40 PM

    Dear Cardinals, your fans DO NOT approve!!!

  74. dolphins4 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:41 PM

    This is a good hiring. Bowles is a really good coach who got put in a bad situation in Philly.Todd Bowles also comes from the Bill Parcells coaching tree.

  75. bleedgreen11 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:46 PM

    Ray hears a Chip.

    Him to philly would be nice, as Lovie said he would rather sit out than be a coordinator.

  76. dannythebisforbeast says: Jan 17, 2013 11:47 PM

    Major sports coaches and heads of Fortune 500 companies are the only jobs in the world where people continue to get hired after complete failure at the last job.

    Bowles managed to do worse than an offensive line coach. Hard to believe Harry.

  77. cfrs15 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:47 PM

    LaCanfora is saying Horton is going to the Browns.

  78. tyler4richardson says: Jan 17, 2013 11:49 PM

    Cardinals….. Do yourself a favor and avoid anything Eagles. How has picking up their scraps worked for you so far?

  79. PCa Survivor says: Jan 17, 2013 11:57 PM

    The Cardinals announced that Ray Horton retired

  80. thesmedman says: Jan 18, 2013 12:01 AM

    Yes, Bowles was on the Temple team when Arians was HC at TU.

  81. 1oldpro says: Jan 18, 2013 12:22 AM

    So Arians goes from Rothlisberger to Luck to uhhh….to….uhhh…to….,oh boy!

  82. The Shoeman says: Jan 18, 2013 12:32 AM

    The Eagles went 1-9 with Bowles in the job,
    giving up on average 31.9 points per game.


    1-9 . . that’s only 1 more than me,
    and I don’t know anything about being a D.C.

  83. sjoyner59 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:34 AM

    Don’t be too hard on Todd Bowles on his time in Philly,the whole secondary stinks and that’s being kind.I said a month into the season I would cut Jason Babin the one trick pony and they finally did.How good of a job could Buddy Ryan have done if he was forced to work with that stupid “gimmick” wide 9 …it just wasn’t going to work-I wish Bowles the best of luck because this Eagles defense is a joke and for the most part has been since Jim Johnson passed away

  84. chawk12thman says: Jan 18, 2013 12:44 AM

    As a Seahawk Fan I must say that this move makes me smile. The Defense was the tough part of that team and this seemingly makes them weaker in my eyes.

    Go Seahawks!

  85. yourmomcalled says: Jan 18, 2013 12:50 AM

    Wow! How bad did he go off when he heard Arians was hired??

  86. nosoupforyou2012 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:13 AM

    I guess this time Horton didn’t hear a who

  87. upperdecker19 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:14 AM

    Hey Cards….You have to take Mohrnigwheg too, as part of the deal.

  88. woodstakes2 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:17 AM

    Just a terrible waste… had one good thing going for them and they let it go. No worries Horton won’t be looking for work for long.

  89. knickstape84 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:23 AM

    Ohh Cardinals must never seen an Eagles game this year……

  90. klutch14u says: Jan 18, 2013 1:35 AM

    WOW, a defensive retread from Philly??

  91. coltzfan166 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:37 AM

    Bruce Arians has made two very big mistakes in one day.

  92. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:51 AM

    It’s not a big philosophical difference running a 3-4 vs. 4-3. It is about having the personnel to do it. The Cardinals don’t have 4-3 personnel. It’s not like Bowles has to tweak anything. However, that said, he can still screw up a good thing. You’d THINK the offense could only go up from here.

    They still did Horton foul…

  93. mungman69 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:28 AM

    I hope Todd Bowles does a better job here than he did in Philly.

  94. vicvega422 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:37 AM

    Bowles? Dude must be crazy.

  95. 1phd says: Jan 18, 2013 3:51 AM

    SF, SEA and STL applaud this brilliant Bidwell move. One in a long line of ’em. Go CARDS! 😉

  96. myosin10 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:02 AM

    Thank you Arizona- NFC West

  97. threefeetaway says: Jan 18, 2013 6:29 AM

    You have to appreciate Arians not wanting to keep the guy who didn’t get the job and is angry, that’s a tough way to start a united coaching staff. Can’t say much for the hire choice though…

  98. brauningj says: Jan 18, 2013 6:43 AM

    This is clearly proof of the good ole boys club. Bowles played for Arians at Temple back in the 80’s. Bowles couldn’t be a successful d coordinator on the high school level. As a season ticket holder for the Eagles watching his grimace on the sidelines week in and week out grew old as the Eagles went from 8th in the entire league under Juan Castillo who wasn’t even a real d coordinator to last in the league under Bowles. The secondary was confused never knew what each other was doing. That’s coaching. And to think I wanted Arian’s here in Philly. thank God Philly hired Chip Kelly. If Arian’s came to Philly and tried to keep Bowle’s as D Coordinator he would have been run out of town. Mr Horton would you please bring your 3-4 scheme to Philly where you will be appreciated? I will even pick you up at the airport and show you around town.

  99. jp4120 says: Jan 18, 2013 7:04 AM

    Bowles was horrible as the Eagles d-coordinator after taking over for Castillo. Anyone that would hire him after watching his adjustments and explanations of what went wrong is asking for failure. Zona fans get ready for a rough year.

  100. phillyforlife says: Jan 18, 2013 7:14 AM

    bigshirk says:
    What?? He was in Miami for like 5 years, and they ran 3-4 the entire time…
    Um he was there for 3 years 08-11 and was the team’s secondary coach and assistant head coach the only time he was a D cord. was with the Eagles and his defense gave up an ave. of 30 points a game.

  101. jimyritz says: Jan 18, 2013 8:01 AM

    Wow! the good news is Horton won’t be unemployed long.. Hard to believe the Cards wouldn’t give Horton a shot but then again the team is run by a Bidwell…

  102. nomesayin says: Jan 18, 2013 8:13 AM

    This situation tends to resemble the situation in Oakland last year. The Raiders hire a new head coach who didn’t know what he was doing. HE ends up hiring an offensive coordinator who didn’t know what he was doing Greg Knapp was a BAD fit for the Raider personnel. The team’s progress on offense was halted immediately and Oakland finished 4 and 12. I have been a Raider fan longer than Dennis Allen has been alive. As soon as I heard the name Greg Knapp I knew it would be a disaster. This situation in Arizona has the exact same feel. Sorry about your luck Cardinal fans

  103. mwm367 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:29 AM

    The NFL needs teams like the cardinals and eagles so we’ll have somebody to laugh at. Both organizations don’t have a clue.

  104. cardz24 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:40 AM

    When did Philly fire Bowles…last I checked he is still under contract and the cardinals have not stated anything about Horton beiing fired……sounds like another 95% certain story to me!

  105. abty7 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:53 AM

    Horton to the Bears seems most likely. More defensive talent than the Eagles or Browns with just as much ability to completely control scheme and the defensive unit almost entirely.

    It’s imperative for Trestman to hire a Horton (or gulp, Ryan) as that defensive unit isn’t going to respond well to just any Tom, Dick or Harry after 9 years of Lovie Smith, Chico Rivera and Rod Marinelli. Horton/Trestman combination is likely the most balanced coaching unit the Bears have had since Ditka/Ryan… god is that sad…

  106. thetooloftools says: Jan 18, 2013 9:01 AM

    How can either the head coach or d-cord be called and upgrade?

  107. coolhandgriffin10 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:26 AM

    Horton should go to Cleveland and turn them into a 3-4…I think that would be a good fit..Phil Taylor in the middle and turn sheard into a pass rushing linebacker and they can use their 1st round pick on a pass rusher opposite sheard. and dont forget about dqwell Jackson…I think that has potential

  108. waltrd says: Jan 18, 2013 9:33 AM

    If this was Arians decision, his first one was a poor decision. If so, he’s fallen into the managerial trap of hiring people from the good ole boy school rather than on the basis of their skills, competencies and results.

  109. jacksonvillejags4life says: Jan 18, 2013 9:53 AM

    I think we can all agree that Bruce Arian’s owe’s his new Head Coaching job to Andrew Luck. Imagine if Arians had spent the past year being the OC for heaven forbid Jacksonville, Kansas City, or Buffalo. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say if he had he wouldn’t be a new head coach right.

  110. kwickett85 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:54 AM

    Snyder, now is the time to drop Haslett and get Horton. Our record would have been a lot better if it wasn;t for the defense in the first half of the season. Look at the Rams game, Bengals game, and first game vs. the Giants.

  111. jgedgar70 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    As Bowles is entering and Horton is leaving, the conversation has to come straight out of Hoosiers, as Gene Hackman was taking over practice from the interm coach.

    “First, let’s not be so formal, OK, my name’s Todd. Second, your coaching days are over.”

    “I don’t know why Bruce drug your tired old bones in here; he musta owed you somthin’ fierce.”

    “Leave the ball, would ya, Ray?”

    But this in not going to end anywhere near as good as Hoosiers.

  112. sjs5y7 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:14 AM

    Horton, I’m sorry they did that to you. You deserve more. Want to come to STL and get revenge on those Cards twice a year? Sounds like a good plan. We’ll see you at the arch.

  113. Moudabo says: Jan 18, 2013 10:50 AM

    Bruce Arians seems like a likable guy, good luck to him. He’s going to need it. With no Roethlisberger or Luck to work with, things are going to get pretty heated in the desert.

    PS. Whiz, Russ Grimm, Horton, etc and now Arians. Isn’t it about time the Cards stop taking cast-offs from the Steelers org. and create their own freakin identity?

  114. nickster31 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    Does anyone else find it funny that Arians and Horton worked together with the Steelers from 2004-2010? That is a LONG time for people to work together.

    I know people hate on the Steelers, but you would think that having that kind of history together that Arians would welcome the idea to have a coach with that kind of past together. He would know the system, they should be a great team.

    I guess that this really shows that there is a serious problem between these two.

  115. redthomas25 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:28 PM

    Arians should have hired Butler as his defensive coordinator. Would have been a much better choice if he was going to ditch Horton. Bowles is not qualified for the position.

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