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Ray Horton reportedly top choice for Titans defensive coordinator

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The Browns have given defensive coordinator Ray Horton permission to seek employment elsewhere and the Titans are reportedly ready to take advantage of that opportunity.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Horton is newly hired Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt’s first choice to run the defense in Tennessee. That’s hardly a surprising choice given that Horton ran the defense during Whisenhunt’s final two years as the head coach in Arizona and the two men also worked together on the Steelers staff before Whisenhunt got the Cardinals job.

With offensive coordinator Norv Turner reportedly interviewing for the same job on Mike Zimmer’s staff in Minnesota, the Browns could be in position to clear both spots on the staff for their next coach without having to buy out any time left on their contracts.

Mortensen also reports that Whisenhunt would like to hire Chargers tight ends coach Jason Michael as the offensive coordinator. Michael would need permission from San Diego to interview for the post. John McNulty, who served as a quarterbacks coach under Whisenhunt in Arizona, has also been mentioned as a possibility for the job. Whisenhunt said Tuesday that he’d be calling the plays on offense regardless of who winds up in the job.

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20 Responses to “Ray Horton reportedly top choice for Titans defensive coordinator”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 15, 2014 2:30 PM

    Poor Browns.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 15, 2014 2:31 PM

    That smug Banner just keeps digging that hole for himself doesn’t he..

  3. vikes89allday says: Jan 15, 2014 2:31 PM

    The Vikings could round out a good coach staff if they hire Ray Horton as DC and Norv Turner as OC

  4. bassplucker says: Jan 15, 2014 2:35 PM

    Wow… not sure what the braintrust up there in Cleveland is thinking but they are setting up that franchise for another 3-5 years of futility. What HC worth anything would want to walk into this mess?

    It’s a shame cause the Browns actually showed some signs this season of actually putting things together.

  5. clebrowns216 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:40 PM

    Great. We finally get a good coaching staff and it all gets blown up.

    I hate the Browns.

  6. jerruhjones says: Jan 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Calling the Brown’s FO the 3 Stooges is offensive to Larry, Mo & Curly!

  7. runwright44 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:52 PM

    Makes sense. This HC job is toxic but they will eventually find someone. That someone will want his own staff so it’s really a fire sale.

  8. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2014 2:59 PM

    This should be the only good of the Titans if he’s hired, which wuld be pretty much status quo to what Titan fans are used to under Fisher and Munchak. Poor Jay Gruden couldn’t hire anyone he wanted or anyone who is actually qualified for the jobs on his staff, or he would have called Horton 5 minutes after he became available.

  9. fitzfan25 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    aaaannnddd there is absolutely a good reason why Todd Bowles doesn’t want that HC job. It’s looking like you can’t give the browns HC job away.

  10. azjam says: Jan 15, 2014 3:14 PM

    Horton is an excellent DC and will improve the Titans defense.

  11. bassplucker says: Jan 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    If the Bears front office had the stones to fire Mel Tucker after the atrocious effort his D gave this season, they could have made a play for Horton. Horton is 10x the DC Tucker has ever been, and he would have given the Bears a legitimate shot at turning that wretched D around. As it is, Bears fans are bracing for more of the same in 2014.

  12. getyourownname says: Jan 15, 2014 3:33 PM

    Browns will need name tags for everyone until about Week 5 of the 2014 season.

  13. schmitty2 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:37 PM

    The Titan’s D was already pretty decent. This could turn them into a top 5-8 with him at the helm.

  14. dwoofer says: Jan 15, 2014 3:52 PM

    From Cardinals fans to Titans fans: You are getting a great defensive coach. You will see your defense excel, in spite of your offense’s performance.

  15. browns627 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:11 PM

    I was skeptical after chuds release but hearing more and more about his coaching staff and the prima donna attitudes I’m starting to think chud wasn’t fired for his record, he was fired because of the coaching staff. I really like the patients the front office is showing right now as all the other teams our picking up re treads and banner is looking for new blood… ok folks I know I’m in the minority so start hitting the dislike button

  16. browns627 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:15 PM

    browns future… 5 pro bowlers, 3 of the top 35 picks and only 1 team has more cap space.. its not going to take bill walsh to get this team to the playoffs ;-)

  17. MostlyRight says: Jan 15, 2014 4:16 PM

    Most of the fan base in AZ was horrified that firing Whis and hiring Arians meant losing Horton to be replaced with Bowles. In hindsight, Bowles has worked out just fine, but in Horton and Whis the Titans are getting two head coach quality guys at once. Horton turned an awful Cardinals D into a dominating asset in two years time. Give him time to get the guys that fit his system. He will then install part of his D play book and they won’t look that great. A half season in and he will add pieces and turn it into a powerhouse D.

  18. chrisbermanpleasegoaway says: Jan 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    The Browns F.O. makes it real easy to laugh at them but the truth is Horton actually had talent to work with this year and couldn’t hold the lead the offense gave him in many games. Worst in the league in red zone and 3rd downs.

  19. blantoncollier says: Jan 15, 2014 5:04 PM

    Becareful what you wish for Titans fans. Ray Horton is a good coordinator–but Ray Horton is about Ray Horton. And every week, he will show the stats to prove Ray Horton is about Ray Horton.

    The Browns offense wasn’t very good last year, but it was the failure of the defense against JAX, NE, Chicago and Cincinnati that caused the Browns season to turn from mediocre to a house cleaning.

  20. dodohead418 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:27 PM

    I pray that Ray Horton’s Defense is not all about man coverage like Gregg’s were!

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