Jul 25, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton instructs his players during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Sources: Ray Horton Hired by Tennessee Titans as DC

Mary Kay Cabot reported via Twitter this morning that sources have confirmed that Ray Horton has been hired as the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

Horton was the Browns DC for 1 year, installing his ultra aggressive “hybrid” 3-4 defense. Horton had interviewed for the Browns head coaching position before accepting the DC position under Rob Chudzinski. Horton’s defense was the stalwart of the team early in the season but seemed to wear down, or get caught up to, as the season progressed. Instead of putting himself in the running for a head coaching position, Horton’s future was quickly in doubt when Chud was fired.

His fit with the Titans is clear. Horton worked with the new Titans Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt, in both Pittsburgh and Arizona. Horton will now have a similar transition as he worked with here in Cleveland. The Titans have run the 4-3 for years and have their personnel setup for that system. Horton will have to find out who can rush the passer from the linebacker spot, who can hold up in 1 on 1 coverage and who can play the TJ Ward role all over the field. Horton will look for his “Little guys who can hit and big guys who can run” to fill in his defense.

For the Browns it was unlikely any of the coaches would return, but Horton was an option. Continuity on the defense is something lacking over the years and the Front Office seemed to like his aggressive nature.

Will the Browns find another 3-4 coach? Is Jim Schwartz, as rumored, a shoe in for the position? How do you think Horton will do in Tennessee with that personnel? Tell us your thoughts on Coach Horton’s time in Cleveland in the comments below.

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  • paulbip

    Can he take all his Browns players that were brought in to play his defense with him? Can we get a number 1 for Mingo like we did for Richardson? How about a 3 for McFarland?

    • Jared Mueller

      Doubtful Paul. I think I would rather have Mingo then Kruger even if its in a 4-3. McFadden is fine. I don’t worry much about rookies. I worry after the 3rd season. Buster Skrine is a good example.

      • paulbip

        McFadden lacks the speed to cover in the NFL and he is on the short side when covering these 6’3″ WR’s. I don’t have much hope for him. Kruger is about the same as all the other OLB’s the Browns have had. Mingo is fast enough to get to the pile and look down. Skrine is very fast and can cover but also very short. I think that the owner would like to pack this team off to Knoxville where he would be treated like God.