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Ray Horton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (54) / 4/12/1960
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 188
College: Washington
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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. Jan 18 - 10:13 AM

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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.
Jan 15 - 11:44 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.
Jan 14 - 4:15 PM

The Vikings will interview ex-Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their head-coaching gig on Tuesday.

It's incredibly rare for just-fired coordinators and position coaches to immediately get head-coaching jobs, but Horton could be the exception. His defenses have regularly played above their talent levels and he has a Steelers background, which could appeal to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who also has ties to Pittsburgh. Horton may also be likely to retain OC Norv Turner, as Turner coached him as a player in Dallas and gave him his first coaching job in '94.
Jan 3 - 5:25 PM

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