The Tennessee Titans made it official, announcing that Ray Horton is their new defensive coordinator.
Horton has two decades of NFL coaching experience, three spent as a defensive coordinator.Last season, running the Cleveland Browns defense, they finished ninth in total defense.
He was the defensive coordinator for two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals under Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt.
“Really excited to have Ray Horton joining our staff,” Whisenhunt said. “His body of work speaks for itself over the last few years as a coordinator and a position coach. Not only was he a good player in the league for a number of years, but he has transferred that into becoming a very good NFL coach. Scheme-wise, one of the most impressive things about Ray is his flexibility. He has the ability to go between a 4-3 and 3-4 and put our players in the best position to succeed. It has been evident by what he done and where his defenses have ranked in the league over the last few years.”
Last season, Browns cornerback Joe Haden was named to the Pro Bowl and intercepted four passes.
“First I want to thank the Tennessee Titans organization for the trust and belief in me – I have a great deal of respect for their history and tradition through the years,” said Horton. “I am excited about this opportunity, to be reunited with coach Whisenhunt and to be a piece of the puzzle to move this team forward. I have a great deal of respect for Whiz, as someone who took a franchise that had never been to the Super Bowl, he was able to take them to one.
“I was with him in Pittsburgh as well and he is a leader, a great play-caller and has a love for the game. As for our defensive system, I have said from day one that I don’t coach a particular alignment, I coach men who want to get after it and we will play physical and fundamentally sound. We will do whatever suits the men that I coach and whatever the Tennessee Titans can do best.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.