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Ray Horton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (58) / 4/12/1960
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 188
College: Washington
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Browns fired DC Ray Horton.
Former Rams DC Gregg Williams will replace him. Signed away from Tennessee last offseason, this will be Horton's second one-and-done stint with the Browns after he was fired following the 2013 season. Horton has coordinated for three different teams in the last five seasons including the two stints with the Browns, but none of his units have finished inside the top-16 in points allowed. It is unlikely he gets a shot to run another defense next season. Sat, Jan 7, 2017 09:48:00 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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The Browns are expected to fire DC Ray Horton.

The Browns were one of the worst defenses under Horton, but there wasn't much talent to work with. His blitz-heavy scheme managed just 26 sacks and ranked near the bottom of the league in both total yards and points per game (28.3) Horton was also fired after a one year stint in Cleveland back in 2013. The Browns are reportedly interested in Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips to replace Horton.
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said DC Ray Horton is not in danger of losing his job.

"No," Jackson said flatly when asked about Horton getting fired, "and I say that with no question." The Browns have a bottom-three defense which seems to be getting worse, and Horton has not had much success as a coordinator in the last three seasons. Talent bears much of the blame for the Browns' struggles, however, meaning Horton should get at least another year to turn the ship around.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 09:28:00 AM

Browns hired Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

He'll join an overhauled staff that now includes HC/OC Hue Jackson, RBs coach Kirby Wilson, and assistants Pep Hamilton and Al Saunders. Horton's return to the Browns had been anticipated, with the Nashville Tennessean first to report Horton would be the Browns' next DC. There's much work to be done after the Browns allowed the sixth-most yards in the NFL in 2015. They were gashed on the ground and an underachieving, injury-plagued defense in the air.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 06:24:00 PM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are close to hiring Ray Horton as their defensive coordinator.

His interview on Tuesday must have gone well. Horton was the Browns' defensive coordinator before he accepted a job with the Titans in 2014. The Titans interviewed Horton for their head coaching position last week but ultimately stuck with interim coach Mike Mularkey. If Horton takes the job as expected, incumbent DC Jim O'Neil will have to look for work elsewhere.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 05:39:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Titans DC Ray Horton will interview for the same position with the Browns on Tuesday.

Rapoport reports the Browns have "made it clear they want to hire him," and the decision "could happen quickly." Reports on his future have been all over the place, but the Titans allowing Horton to interview at all suggests there is a strong chance he is moving on. Horton was the Browns coordinator in 2013 before moving on to Tennessee.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 10:55:00 AM

The Browns will interview Titans DC Ray Horton for the same position on Hue Jackson's Cleveland staff.

The Titans have insisted Horton is likely to stay put, but they granted permission for the Browns to interview Horton when they could've shot it down. Interview opportunities can be turned down by a team if the suitor isn't interviewing them for a head-coaching job. Over the weekend, the Nashville Tennessean reported Horton would become the Browns' defensive coordinator.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 04:54:00 PM

TitansInsider.com confirms DC Ray Horton is expected to remain with the team.

Reports that Horton was "disgusted" and leaving for Cleveland ended up being much ado about nothing. The Titans are quickly forming perhaps the league's least impressive coaching staff, but Horton oversaw a solid defense in 2015.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Titans DC Ray Horton dismissed a report saying he was "insulted" by his interview with Tennessee and had been released from his contract.

"I'm not insulted," Horton said. "I was very happy Mrs. [Amy Adams] Strunk gave me an interview. I think she was very impressed with me. I was told some ideas I gave are going to be implemented. I'm still under contract. I'm talking about a contract extension." The report also said Horton was headed to Cleveland as the Browns defensive coordinator, but that also appears to be unfounded. Horton and assistant head coach/defense Dick Lebeau led a solid unit in 2015 before injuries took their toll. Both should be back with the team next season.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 09:54:00 AM

The Nashville Tennessean reports Ray Horton will become the Browns' defensive coordinator.

Horton reportedly felt "insulted" by the Titans during his Saturday "head-coaching interview," after club management acted like they didn't even know Horton wanted to be a head coach in the meeting. Horton will return to Cleveland after coordinating the Browns' defense in 2013 as part of the underrated-but-shortlived Rob Chudzinski-Joe Banner-Mike Lombardi era. Along with mentor Dick LeBeau, Horton did well with the Titans' 2015 defense before injuries tore its pass defense to shreds down the stretch.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016 04:27:00 PM

DC Ray Horton will interview for the Titans' head coaching job on Saturday.

The Titans have already conducted interviews with interim coach Mike Mularkey, Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. New Browns coach Hue Jackson is also considering Horton for the team's opening at defensive coordinator. Horton was Cleveland's DC before joining the Titans in 2014.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 05:09:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports news Browns coach Hue Jackson is targeting Titans DC Ray Horton for the same position in Cleveland.

However, Schefter reports it's "uncertain whether Titans will grant (Horton) permission to leave." The Titans are leaving heavily towards keeping last year's interim coaching staff together, and Horton is still under contract.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 01:10:00 PM

Titans hired ex-Browns DC Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

The deal will become official on Tuesday. Some contract issues still need to be worked out between Horton and the Browns, but the 53-year-old will be running the show on the defensive side of the ball in Tennessee next season. Horton and coach Ken Whisenhunt have worked together in Pittsburgh and Arizona in the past. The Titans will be making the switch to the 3-4 defense. On paper, Akeem Ayers seems likely to be one of the main beneficiaries. He has plus pass-rush skills and projects to play outside 'backer. Zach Brown could fill the Daryl Washington role at inside linebacker. However Horton decides to employ his players, we do know it's going to be an aggressive, attacking group.
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 10:13:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports in-limbo Browns DC Ray Horton is the "leading candidate" to become the Titans' new defensive coordinator.

Mort adds that Chargers TEs coach Jason Michael is the favorite for the Titans OC job. FOX's Jay Glazer reports the Titans have officially requested permission to interview Horton. Horton and Whisenhunt have worked together in the past. Horton was the DBs coach in Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt ran the offense. In 2011, Whisenhunt brought Horton over to the Cardinals to run his defense. Whisenhunt wants to run the 3-4 in Tennessee, which is what Horton prefers. Horton oversaw one of the league's most underrated units in Cleveland this past season. He's an aggressive play-caller. Akeem Ayers could be a nice fit at 3-4 OLB.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 11:44:00 AM

The Browns are allowing in limbo DC Ray Horton to interview for "any available coaching positions," including lateral moves.

Horton has yet to be technically fired from his Browns gig, but will likely be cut loose whenever Cleveland finally gets around to naming Rob Chudzinski's replacement. Horton oversaw one of the league's better defenses in 2013, and has whipped up aggressive, swarming units during his three-year coordinating career. It's surprising he didn't draw more interest as a head-coaching candidate.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 04:15:00 PM

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