Ray Horton hired to run Cleveland Browns' defense


It didn't take long for Ray Horton to find a new home.

On the same day Bruce Arians was introduced as the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, the Cleveland Browns announced Horton as the new defensive coordinator on Rob Chudzinski's staff.

Horton spent the past two seasons in the same position with the Cardinals.

"We are truly excited that we were able to get someone of Ray's caliber as our defensive coordinator," Chudzinski said in a statement released by the team. "He possesses a great deal of experience as a player, position coach and coordinator in the NFL and has been part of some of the top defenses in the league throughout his career. He is an extremely talented coach and I know that he will work very well with the young nucleus of players we have on defense."

Horton is viewed as a rising star in the league, and he'll try to use this upcoming season with the Browns as leverage to land a coaching job in 2014. The Browns obviously know this, but that didn't outweigh the fact that Horton presided over a good Arizona defense in his two years with the team.

Cleveland is hoping for similar results with a unit that ranked 23th in total defense this season.

Horton interviewed twice for the Cardinals' top job, and reportedly was involved in a heated exchange with Cardinals general manager Steve Keim when he was told he would not be hired as Ken Whisenhunt's replacement.

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