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Report: Browns want Ray Horton for DC, Titans may not let him go

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton, right, talks with assistant secondary coach Steve Brown during an organized team activity at the team's NFL football training facility Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AP

The Browns have hired Hue Jackson as their new head coach and now they have to go through the process of filling out his coaching staff.

Their first choice for defensive coordinator may not be available, however. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jackson would like Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton to come to Cleveland to fill the same role, but that it is uncertain whether the Titans will grant him permission to leave. Teams can block assistants under contract from making moves to any position with another team other than head coach.

That decision may be in limbo because the Titans haven’t picked their own head coach yet. Interim coach Mike Mularkey is reportedly a strong candidate to get the job on a permanent basis and a decision to stand pat on that front might make Horton’s return more likely.

If Horton does end up making the move, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s served as the Browns’ defensive coordinator. He held the job during the 2013 season and moved to Tennessee after the Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after one season in the job.

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19 Responses to “Report: Browns want Ray Horton for DC, Titans may not let him go”
  1. 1969mojo says: Jan 14, 2016 1:40 PM

    Hue is building Bengals North which is fine if they are committed to knocking out a few Steelers twice a year.

  2. footballgawd says: Jan 14, 2016 1:42 PM

    Great DC, would be a tremendous hire for Cleveland, has improved defenses everywhere he has been a coordinator.

  3. blantoncollier says: Jan 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    Dear Titans, please keep Ray Horton we have seen that ship and let it sail.


    A Browns Fan

  4. gadgetking2010 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    returning to the Browns would be like Groundhog Day for Horton….

  5. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 14, 2016 1:47 PM

    The Browns also wanna be a real NFL team but the other 31 teams don’t allow it , so how is this different LOL

  6. jerruhjones says: Jan 14, 2016 1:49 PM

    Never should have let him go to begin with…come back Ray!

  7. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 14, 2016 2:22 PM

    Horton should be a HC candidate .

  8. DawgPound83 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:23 PM

    Browns finished with a top 10 defense with Ray Horton as DC that year. Remember being underwhelmed with him though.

    That 2013 defense had a lot of talent, most of which is gone now and wasnt really replaced, ie. TJ Ward, Jabal Sheard, D’Qwell Jackson, Buster Skrine, Ahtyba Rubin, Phil Taylor.

  9. pioniere says: Jan 14, 2016 2:28 PM

    Horton is probably hoping the Titans say ‘No’, so he doesn’t have to say it himself!

  10. mogogo1 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    Not letting him talk to other teams would be HARSH given new head coaches almost always clean house.

  11. ttommytom says: Jan 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    Is Joey Porter available?

  12. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 14, 2016 2:54 PM

    Joey Porter is a HUGE analytics guy


  13. NoWearMan says: Jan 14, 2016 3:03 PM

    Interesting that a non-real nfl team has won four nfl championships…weird.

  14. cs-lewis says: Jan 14, 2016 4:38 PM

    if the browns land him, wouldnt this be the second time he has been their D Coordinator?

  15. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 14, 2016 4:56 PM

    Well if Horton can’t come maybe, they can dip into the ex -cleve coaching well, and bring back legendary D coordinator Rob Ryan with his mystifying magical mullet. On a serious note, Dick Lebeau would be an excellent choice , if he is still alive?

  16. dirtydawg44 says: Jan 14, 2016 5:45 PM

    Get it done Hue and Jimmy! Come back home Ray and have a chance to finish what you started before! I like it.

  17. mrfrostyj says: Jan 14, 2016 6:00 PM

    So the “try to un do everything Joe Banner Screwed up” tour continues for Cleveland. This kinda sorta but not really rebuild is very intriguing. Take all the assistant coaches that actually did well and keep them and now take one from a few years ago that really shouldn’t have gotten fired and (attempt to) bring him back.

    You’ve got to give Haslam credit. Every move he’s done pretty much says “I screwed up and I’m going to fix it”. Let’s see Jerry Jones actually admit he made a mistake.

  18. David McGuire says: Jan 14, 2016 9:41 PM

    Horton was an assistant DC this year in Tennessee..

  19. wiseone50 says: Jan 16, 2016 1:09 PM

    The defense was really dissapointing this year. Whoever traded those guys on defense had to go. I’m all for continuity but we obviously needed them. I think Haslam hated to but he had to clean house again. I hope this Hue guy gets a few years to put something great together.

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