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Browns letting Ray Horton interview for anything

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In yet another indication the Browns may know which way they’re leaning, they’re apparently opening the door for existing assistants to leave.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns are granting permission for defensive coordinator Ray Horton to interview for other jobs, even if they’re lateral moves.

Coupled with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles taking his name out of the running for the head coaching job he interviewed for, it creates the appearance that the Browns are close to a decision, or at least close enough to know who they don’t want to keep around.

With several teams still looking, Horton should be a hot commodity as an assistant, and shouldn’t be out of work long if they don’t want to keep him, and makes sense in Tennessee, where his old Arizona boss Ken Whisenhunt just landed.

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28 Responses to “Browns letting Ray Horton interview for anything”
  1. lordfletcher says: Jan 14, 2014 4:19 PM

    Vikings

    Zimmer / Linehan / Horton… oh my!

  2. mataug says: Jan 14, 2014 4:20 PM

    Any team with a DC opening has to consider him. Cleveland’s management look kinda clueless right now.

  3. mataug says: Jan 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    e.g. as a Redskins fan, I definitely want this guy instead of one trick pony Jim Haslett

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    The Browns are being extremely helpful to Ray. Not only have they granted him permission to interview elsewhere, they gave him printouts for openings in the service industry and supplied an updated list of casual employment requests.

  5. samoanjungle says: Jan 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    If Mike Zimmer heads to the Vikings it would be nice to see Ray come back to the Bengals.

  6. buddysguys says: Jan 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    and the factory continues to produce more product. Do the Frowns know they should probably just hire Horton to be the HC??

    #stooges

  7. nflsecurity862 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:25 PM

    Everyone had high hopes for Horton with that Browns D and he left most people highly disappointed.

  8. seaeagle707 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    Sure, let’s start all over (again) from scratch. Why not try for a lease on a stadium in Akron, or Ashtabula while you’re at it? Maybe this is what Haslam is used to in business, new underlings on a regular basis. So, every spring its new coaches, new assistants, new Gatorade jugs, new, new, new!

    All of which is pretty much guaranteed to cause the team to play like same old, same old.

    Bummer.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    “We have mutually decided for Ray that he would like to explore other life opportunities at this time.”.

  10. chunkderrrty says: Jan 14, 2014 4:28 PM

    He’ll rejoin wiz in Tennessee

  11. sf69ers says: Jan 14, 2014 4:29 PM

    Horton is still looking for a job, while Caldwell is a head coach? No wonder why the same teams seem to make the playoffs every year.

  12. skins716 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:38 PM

    c’mon skins, nab this guy and dump Hass!

  13. All-American Voltron says: Jan 14, 2014 4:41 PM

    He looks like the Schwartz Amish.

  14. azjam says: Jan 14, 2014 4:44 PM

    Horton is an excellent DC. Whiz would be smart to bring him to the Titans.

  15. usmutts says: Jan 14, 2014 4:55 PM

    During week 17 next season, the winless Browns’ head coach Frank Caliendo will do his impression of Charles Barkley: “We turrble, just turrble.”

  16. jerruhjones says: Jan 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    How about the Browns interview him to be the new coach? Wake up Jimmy Haslam!!!

  17. praetorian12 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:00 PM

    Seahawks and Browns can work out a trade– Dan Quinn can leave to be the Browns’ Head Coach, and Ray Horton can come back to the Northwest and be a D-Coordinator for Pete, Schneider and co.

  18. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    The Browns provide daily laughs.

  19. mrfrostyj says: Jan 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    So the Browns are handing any team that wants him Ray Horton yet the Lions hired Jim Caldwell. Cleveland, you’ve got a long way to go before your front office reaches that level of “Stoogeness”.

  20. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2014 5:17 PM

    Meet the Titans new DC.

    After all, he’s worked with Whisenhunt in Arizona.

  21. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    However, the Cleveland Browns aren’t this dump that the media tries to make them out to be.

    Joe Banner helped the Eagles get 5 NFC Title Game entries and Mike Lombardi helped the Raiders go to the Super Bowl during the 2002 season.

    Why no hope???

    T-Rich was traded for a #1 pick as an overdrafted underachiever.

    After all, you could be Tennessee because their money for Whisenhunt wasn’t apparently a waste.

  22. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2014 5:23 PM

    If you’re Cleveland and you have no one just hire
    Dallas Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator, Rich Bisaccia.

    He can coach his players well, been a candidate, and, as a special teams guy, will know offense and defense. Without knowing those two phases a ST Coordinator can’t figure out field positioning properly.

    Plus, he was given the running backs, ST coordinator, and asst HC job at Auburn. How is he not smart?

    He’s worked with Norv Turner in San Diego and has paid his dues like Mike Zimmer.

    John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick were ST Coordinators. Why can’t people look at that?

  23. citiciti says: Jan 14, 2014 5:32 PM

    Ray lost it when he cut his hair.

  24. donmcg2012 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:42 PM

    “Cleveland’s management look kinda clueless right now.”

    Big time

  25. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2014 6:23 PM

    If Washington was smart, they’d fire Haslett immediately and get Horton in the fold tonight. They need alot of help on the back end of that defense, but if they re-sign Orakpo, the front 7 isn’t too far off with a better defensive play caller.

  26. johnnydom says: Jan 14, 2014 8:22 PM

    Great guy, he’s especially great at getting your teams defense to play a solid 52-53 minutes each game. Just ask the Browns how many games did the defense fail with minutes left to play.

  27. junglerat524 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:23 PM

    Cleveland. Heh. They back in the NFL yet?

  28. oldcracker says: Jan 15, 2014 6:04 AM

    mataug says:
    Jan 14, 2014 4:20 PM
    Any team with a DC opening has to consider him. Cleveland’s management look kinda clueless right now

    —————————————————

    “Kind of”???

    In spite of having a well regarded OC & DC, we don’t give them any personnel or tools or time to work with, and then fire the HC?

    The Browns are a fricking joke! (And, sadly to say, I’m a Browns fan)

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