As the sweeping changes go in Cleveland, Ray Horton replaces Dick Jauron as the new Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator. Horton brings ex-player smarts and toughness to the orange and brown. This could be a great thing for the Browns.
After an altercation with new Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Kleim, Horton decided to head east towards Cleveland to reunite with the man who gave him his first NFL job, Norv Turner. Apparently, Horton was completely peaved by the hiring of Bruce Arians as the new Cardinals’ head coach. It is not clear if Horton plans on keeping the Browns’ defensive scheme a 4-3 or switching to a 3-4. Horton took the Cardinals’ defense to new heights in 2012.
When asked what his plans were, Horton had this to say “Aggressive. I don’t know if anybody pressured more than I did last year and that’s the kind of stuff we’ll do here”. Horton also went on to say, “I’m a coach of men, whether it’s 3-4, 4-3, 5-5, I don’t care. I’m going to coach men.” That is an awesome statement.
From everything I have been gathering from the fans of Cleveland, it seems they are excited about Horton. New head coach Rob Chudzinski is also excited saying, “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.”
Over the past couple of seasons, the Browns’ defense has improved with the rising young stars they have. It will be up to Horton to take the defense to the next level. Consistently stopping the run would be an excellent start.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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