Titans hire defensive coordinator

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Nashville, TN-The Tennessee Titans named Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

Horton has 20 years of NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as defensive coordinator. Last year he was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, which ranked ninth in the NFL in yards allowed. Horton also spent two seasons (2011-12) as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, under Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. As a player and a coach, he has participated in a total of five Super Bowls during his NFL career.

“Really excited to have Ray Horton joining our staff,” said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. “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.”

In his one season for the Browns, Horton transformed a team that ranked 23rd in defense the year before his arrival into the ninth best in the NFL. Additionally, Cleveland ranked ninth in pass yards allowed and third in the NFL in fewest yards per pass attempted (6.15). Cornerback Joe Haden earned his first Pro Bowl appearance, while registering four interceptions.