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Report: Vikings expected to interview Ray Horton on Tuesday

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The Browns are looking for a head coach and their defensive coordinator, of the moment anyway, is expected to interview for the Vikings head coaching job on Tuesday.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports, via John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, that Ray Horton will meet with Minnesota next week. Horton spent one season running the Browns defense, producing a unit that finished seventh in yards allowed while the Browns gave up 25.4 points per game.

Horton was previously the defensive coordinator in Arizona and has made the head coaching interview rounds in the past. The longtime NFL defensive back was also a member of the Steelers staff from 2004-2010 before moving to the Cardinals.

Several other candidates have been linked to the Vikings since Leslie Frazier was relieved of duty, including Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (who replaced Horton in that post) and both Bengals coordinators. There haven’t been any reports of interviews that have already taken place.

Former Lions coach Jim Schwartz is reportedly a contender to replace Horton as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland once they settle on a head coach.

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62 Responses to “Report: Vikings expected to interview Ray Horton on Tuesday”
  1. JSpicoli says: Jan 3, 2014 6:15 PM

    You mean extensions

  2. kingpel says: Jan 3, 2014 6:17 PM

    elliottcovert, I thought the same exact thing. He was a hot mess in those interviews last year. Much better look.

  3. elliottcovert says: Jan 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    Honestly, he’s a good coordinator so I’m glad he looks the part of his 54 years now.

  4. audient says: Jan 3, 2014 6:22 PM

    As a Browns fan, I was really impressed with his defense for at least the first half of this season.

  5. orivar says: Jan 3, 2014 6:22 PM

    NO RAY! You cut your hair. :(

    Never conform.

  6. petehemlock says: Jan 3, 2014 6:24 PM

    Horton Who?

  7. bert1913 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:24 PM

    if dan quinn leaves, horton was my choice to replace him

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    Horton hears a hair

  9. jbaxt says: Jan 3, 2014 6:26 PM

    I wish my team could get the coordinator of a sub .500 team. Said no one ever.

  10. mcmystery76 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    Wow he seems like a really popular candidate! I bet this has nothing to do with the Rooney rule…

  11. logicalvoiceseys says: Jan 3, 2014 6:29 PM

    Better than anything the Redskins can get.

    #redskinssuck

  12. ickky says: Jan 3, 2014 6:29 PM

    Looking at coaches from the browns and Bengals. YUCK. How about someone from a winning team?

  13. farminfool says: Jan 3, 2014 6:33 PM

    Rooney rule ?

  14. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    PFT is getting classier – only five of the first ten comments had something to do with the man’s hair.

    “Hey, all I know about Ray Horton is that he had long hair one time. I better comment on this!”

  15. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jan 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    Can’t wait for this clown I’ve never heard of until after I read this to lead us to the promised land…

  16. jdphx says: Jan 3, 2014 6:38 PM

    Horton is a damn fine defensive coach…
    Probably should have had a shot at his own team
    by now.

  17. fr0sted21 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:40 PM

    So much hate.

  18. mossnomore says: Jan 3, 2014 6:42 PM

    Did the Texans not break the Rooney Rule? Maybe it was posted somewhere else but why is no one making a stink?

  19. anicra says: Jan 3, 2014 6:42 PM

    Horton would be a heck of a coach for the Vikings.

  20. johnnydom says: Jan 3, 2014 6:46 PM

    If would have focused more on the declining D he had in Cleveland he would get a HC job. Great at making speeches not so good as a D coordinator

  21. doner80 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:47 PM

    And que th pack fan numbskulls pathetic!!!

  22. edshrinker says: Jan 3, 2014 6:49 PM

    jbaxt

    Your point valid. However the Packers did. McCarthy presided over the worst offense in football as well. He became a head coach the next year. Yeah – easy peasy to look good with Favre than Rodgers as a QB… but the point is you gotta look beyond record and rankings. Leadership, respect, good ideas for assistants and the ability to delegate authority… As much as it would pain me – this would be a great move for the Vikings. As long as he gets someone to totally control the offense – he could be a special coach. From what I have heard, anyway.

  23. aldante66 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:50 PM

    Horton has a who?

  24. edavidberg says: Jan 3, 2014 6:51 PM

    If he doesn’t get a head coaching gig the Bears would do great to bring this guy to Chicago. They will have money and draft picks to fix the defense since the offense is pretty much set to come back next year.

  25. edavidberg says: Jan 3, 2014 6:52 PM

    The Texans interviewed Lovie.

  26. FinFan68 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:54 PM

    mossnomore says:
    Jan 3, 2014 6:42 PM
    Did the Texans not break the Rooney Rule? Maybe it was posted somewhere else but why is no one making a stink?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    They interviewed Lovie Smith

  27. canjura says: Jan 3, 2014 6:55 PM

    mossnomore, They interviewed Lovie Smith a few weeks ago, so no they didn’t break the Rooney Rule.

    84smooninlambeaunevergetsold, not sure what to say to you if you’ve never heard of a guy making the rounds for a possible head coaching gig over the last few years. This is the guy I wanted to be the Rams HC over Jeff Fisher a few years ago. He’s always had top notch defenses since he became a DC.

  28. emmac13 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:01 PM

    I really liked the idea of Horton coming to the Browns for the 2013 season. But now that the season is over I was disappointed with the defense. I thought here is this great D-cord who had HC interviews. The Browns picked up Kruger, Groves, Bryant and already had Haden, Taylor, Rubin, Wynn, Hughes. Buster Skrine has improved. But they failed at the end of games and I believe that was on the D-cord with choosing schemes or failure to adjust. Dan Quinn and Todd Bowels did better.

  29. gb4mn0 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:04 PM

    Any coach risks a major setback in their career taking this job. What they really need in minnysoda is a Circus Ring Master.

  30. elliottcovert says: Jan 3, 2014 7:14 PM

    PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 3, 2014 6:36 PM

    PFT is getting classier – only five of the first ten comments had something to do with the man’s hair.

    —————————-

    Horton knew what he was getting himself into when he grew his hair that way!

  31. adrianpeterson28 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:17 PM

    Rooney rule. No way the Vikes have intentions of signing him.

  32. duece5 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:28 PM

    gb4mn0 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:04 PM

    Any coach risks a major setback in their career taking this job. What they really need in minnysoda is a Circus Ring Master.

    duece5 says:

    If I were you, I’d worry about your packer “defense”.

    It is, well, pretty offensive!!!!

  33. duece5 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:31 PM

    Chris Kluwe is a known “humanist”….err atheist.

    He feels no danger of any divine judgment for his actions, which probably why he speaks with venom about Priefer, Frazier, and Spielman.

    To that I say: C’MON MAN!!!!!!

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:34 PM

    Rooney rule much?

  35. mudmandenny says: Jan 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    Yep,—-a surefire barometer of a persons competence is how they wear their hair. Geez, I thought we laid that to rest in the 70`s.

  36. j0esixpack says: Jan 3, 2014 7:39 PM

    mcmystery76 says: Wow he seems like a really popular candidate! I bet this has nothing to do with the Rooney rule…

    ——————-

    Perfect example of how the Rooney Rule has made a mockery out of decent head coaching candidates. Everyone will doubt the interview is granted on merit.

    Owners crave $$$ – there’s no room for racism any more. Oddly, that’s a good thing. Pull the Rooney Rule and let these candidates get the actual respect they deserve by working their way up the coaching ladder.

    We have a black President for goodness sake.

    If the American people can be trusted not to have a mandatory minority candidate for President, surely Roger Goodell can show a similar level of trust that the owners can rise above what must be REAL racism in their ranks if they truly need to be forced.

  37. elliottcovert says: Jan 3, 2014 7:42 PM

    mudmandenny says: Jan 3, 2014 7:35 PM

    Yep,—-a surefire barometer of a persons competence is how they wear their hair. Geez, I thought we laid that to rest in the 70`s.

    ———————————–

    Horton’s hairstyle was clear evidence that he was going through a midlife crisis and therefore in no position to be anything more than a coordinator.

    A man who knows his hair is a man who knows himself. Confucius said that… possibly.

  38. nflfollower says: Jan 3, 2014 7:46 PM

    This guy deserves a shot somewhere but he has always been a 3-4 guy and I’m not sure MN defensive personnel fits 3-4. Of course Allen and Kevin Williams are getting older and it may be time to retool

  39. goyzzo says: Jan 3, 2014 7:52 PM

    Dear Jimmy,

    Hire Ray do not let him get away.
    His boys fell apart under pressure, but the D can only do so much in the W column.
    I like his don’t stop philosophy and teaching about working hard, and to play smart.
    That is the Identity the Browns need.

    Disgruntled fan,

    Go Browns

  40. jimjim84 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:01 PM

    bring back brad childress

  41. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:09 PM

    All of you pointing to Rooney Rule shows your ignorance. Ray Horton is looked as one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL and prime candidate for head coaching job. He made his name with the Steelers as a secondary coach, elevated that last year a defensive coordinator for AZ. Browns defense looked legit for better part of the season with an inept offense.

    PFT has some of the biggest bigots hiding behind anonymous names posting non-sense.

  42. praetorian12 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:12 PM

    Ray Horton’s time has come. He’s better than 10-12 head coaches already. Hire him.

  43. vikingapologist says: Jan 3, 2014 8:13 PM

    It makes no difference the qualities in a head coach if he was the coordinator for a losing team, it is the scheme, leadership, game managing and people managing qualities that you look for! I would prefer an offensive guru that has a track record for developing QBs

  44. jetnotjets says: Jan 3, 2014 8:14 PM

    Ray Horton deserved a HC position last year. It would be a great hire for the Vikings. And I hope he brings Norv with him as his Offensive Coordinator. Norv is an awful HC, but is still a great OC. Sorry, Cleveland fans, but your ownership and front office doesn’t deserve these guys. Good luck on finding someone to take that job.

  45. jetnotjets says: Jan 3, 2014 8:15 PM

    And you might have a better chance of keeping Jared Allen by hearing a great defensive mind like Horton as the head coach.

  46. elliottcovert says: Jan 3, 2014 8:30 PM

    All of these posts about the Rooney Rule and his qualifications for a head coaching position are missing the real key point: Ray Horton used to have a silly hairstyle! That’s funny!

  47. PurpleRaid18 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:36 PM

    When I first heard this, I thought “satisfying the Rooney Rule, strikes again…” However, when you look a little deeper, this makes a ton of sense.

    If reports are true that Ken Whizenhunt is the leading candidate for the Detroit Lions job, it makes sense for the Vikings to nab his former DC as their own Head Coach. In a division that has three franchise quarterbacks, it is crucial the Vikings bring in a guy that can scheme to defend them, because after all it’s no guarantee that Minnesota will find a “franchise QB” this offseason…

    Secondly, and more importantly, our defense was without question our Achilles heel this season. Horton would (in theory) fix that with the help of the NFL Draft, Free Agency, and his scheme. And because of his close relationship with Norv Turner, maybe Turner will follow Horton to Minnesota as his OC.

    Make it happen, Spielman…

  48. pacodawg says: Jan 3, 2014 8:48 PM

    His defense sucked

  49. f1restarter says: Jan 3, 2014 8:52 PM

    duece5 says:
    Jan 3, 2014 7:31 PM
    Chris Kluwe is a known “humanist”….err atheist.
    ——————————
    If that’s true, he’s far smarter than I thought. But still not smart enough to keep his mouth shut when necessary.

  50. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:06 PM

    The Vikings are a terrible last place team. Horton must be desperate for a job.

  51. sdsmooth says: Jan 3, 2014 9:18 PM

    Wait a minute. The Browns are the only team in the league worse than Minnesota. And the Vikings are interviewing their coaches? Classic Vikings.

    Skol!

  52. sdsmooth says: Jan 3, 2014 9:20 PM

    Sounds about right.

  53. ballboy48 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:25 PM

    This guy was all talk. His defense in Arizona was good because of the players, and now they’re even better because of Todd Bowles. He’s getting the most out of his players. Horton had Cleveland’s defense doing great in the first half of the season, but imploded in the second half. And Cleveland has a bunch of talent on defense.

  54. arcaero says: Jan 3, 2014 10:09 PM

    Ray is great at quoting stats…just don’t ask about 3rd down or RED ZONE

  55. leclair63 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:32 PM

    This isnt just a Roony rule obligation. Horton has consistently had a top 10 defense under him. And as a DB coach he helped shape players like Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor

    Horton is a well respected coach and is deserving of at the very least consideration of a HC spot.

  56. vikinganswer says: Jan 3, 2014 11:21 PM

    Let some other team follow the Rooney rule through hiring. I don’t want another dead end road for a coach.

  57. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    I smell Rooney Rule, actually it stinks of Rooney Rule.

  58. pootytang66 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:19 AM

    …and why are the Vikes ignoring Mike Zimmerman???

  59. banlarson says: Jan 4, 2014 3:35 AM

    Hmm, another former secondary coach who has limited experience as even a coordinator and no head coaching experience. Sounds like another Rooney Rule candidate to me; we just fired a former secondary coach who was a defensive coordinator with no prior head coaching experience. At least Frazier has been a head coach for 3.25 years and probably can out coach this guy while napping.

    Next

  60. kst2074 says: Jan 4, 2014 8:23 AM

    As a skins fan, I don’t want him

  61. ketchupaholic says: Jan 4, 2014 11:27 AM

    Me thinks the huge influx of Somolies in thetwin cities is embolding the Rooney Rule once again to an organization that is more concetened about not offending others ,rather than crushing their opponents.

  62. upperdecker30 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:22 PM

    To those of you crying about the Rooney Rule, you do realize that this is NOT the only black coach that the Vikings are interviewing, right? Yeesh.

    pootytang: they are not ignoring Zimmer, they are reportedly going to interview him.

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