Browns hire Horton as defensive coordinator

Shortly after being out in Arizona, veteran coach lands in Cleveland. Terry McCormick

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Ray Horton wasn't out of work very long at all.

The Arizona Cardinals decided late Thursday that they were going with Bruce Arians as their head coach, and that in-house candidate Horton's services were no longer needed.

So a day later, the Cleveland Browns swooped in and hired Horton as their new defensive coordinator.

“We are truly excited that we were able to get someone of Ray’s caliber as our defensive coordinator,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski in a erlease. “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.

“With the additions of Ray and Norv (Turner), and also by retaining Chris (Tabor) we believe we have outstanding leaders and teachers in each of our three phases. I feel as though we are off to a great start in our plan of putting together an outstanding coaching staff.”

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