Ray Horton: Norv Turner was coming with me to Arizona

New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton sounds like an upfront and honest guy. You want the truth, he will give it to you.

On an interview with Burns and Gambo on 620 KTAR Phoenix, Horton said that he had a plan in place had he gotten the head coaching job in Arizona. When asked if Norv Turner would have come to the Cardinals with him as his offensive coordinator, Horton said “unequivically.” Horton went on to say Norv’s wife wanted to go to Arizona as well, to be closer to their daughter in San Diego.

Horton also said he was surprised but not shocked that his “good friend” Bruce Arians didn’t keep him on as the DC in Arizona when he was hired, but he wishes them well and he is not the least bit bitter. Horton said “Bruce and I are friends and will remains friends.”

Lastly, Horton said he is “not shocked, but disappointed” that he is still not a head coach in the NFL.

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  • mgbode

    thank you Mr. Bidwell

  • Harv 21

    Horton sounds like a guy who considers being a DC a stepping stone to the big prize. If he’s real good maybe we can set up a little scandal to keep him around for a while.
    Never had to worry about this with Rob Ryan, who talks himself out of HC consideration every presser.

  • maxfnmloans

    I like Ray Horton. I think he did good things in Arizona and I am hopeful he can continue the improvement of the Browns defense.

    However, I keep thinking about a text I got from a long time friend of mine when news of Horton’s hiring became public. This friend in question has been a Steelers fan since infancy, 30 some odd years or so.

    He said to me, “Thought the Browns were doing well, then they hired Horton. They will regret that. He was weak link on Steelers D staff for years”. Now, my friend isn’t a paid analyst. It is one man’s opinion. That being said, in the 20+ years I’ve known him, when it comes to the Steelers, he’s got his finger on the pulse. I’m hoping he is wrong on this one.

  • Kildawg

    If Horton has a Top 5 defense with the Browns, methinks we should squeeze compensation from a team that hires him. Ergo, groom a successor to the DC mantle while we have Horton.

  • mgbode

    well, somebody made those AZ defenses pretty good. Either him or Cioffi. Don’t care which one because we got both 🙂

  • @TheDeePagel

    It’s been the longest 5 minutes ever…

  • @TheDeePagel

    Said no one in St. Louis…..ever.

  • Harv 21


  • Sounds like he could be a great DC, but perhaps he just doesn’t have the right feel or read on the politics to get him over the hump to become head coach (i.e. He thought he would get the job in AZ and that Norv would join him in AZ to be closer to his fam, thought Arians would hire him, etc). Let’s hope he coaches this team up with a chip on his shoulder & something to prove.

  • mgbode

    or Arizona
    or Chicago
    or Pottsville for that matter

  • etc

    If he was so bad why did Pittsburgh keep him on for six years?

  • TheRobot57

    What does shock Ray Horton?

    “The Shocker” of course.

  • ChadF

    I’m sure you told him the same thing when the “Stillers” hired Bruce Arians. Whoops.

  • BomberDawg

    It’s not his race, skillset, ability, or attitude that are preventing Ray Horton from being a head coach in the NFL. It’s his haircut. Really.

  • bupalos

    Which is, obliquely, to say his race. You’re allowed to be a black head coach, but you’re expected to try and help the 39.2% of fans that have a problem with that forget about it.