Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt will reunite with former Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The team announced Monday that Horton will join the Titans as defensive coordinator. Horton was defensive coordinator under Whisenhunt with the Arizona Cardinals from 2011-2012.
Many speculated that Horton would likely follow Whisenhunt to Tennessee as soon as he inked a deal to become their new head coach. Horton is accustomed to running the 3-4 defense like he did in Cleveland and Arizona. Whisenhunt announced on Monday that the team would run a hybrid defense with characteristics of both a 3-4 and 4-3 defense.
Horton spent 2013 as defensive coordinator for the Browns. They ranked 9th in total defense and 23rd in total points allowed. After the Browns fired their head coach Rob Chudzinski immediately following the 2013 season finale, Horton became a head coaching candidate. He interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings position which was ultimately offered to former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Horton will also take defensive back coach Louie Cioffi with him to Tennessee. Cioffi was defensive back coach for the Browns in 2013 under Horton.
The Titans are the third team Horton has served as defensive coordinator for. Horton started his defensive coordinating career in 2011 with the Cardinals. He previously served as secondary coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions and as a defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins.
Horton began his NFL coaching career in 1994 with the Redskins after a nine year playing career as a cornerback for the Bengals and Dallas Cowboys from 1983 to 1992.
Horton marks the seventh assistant coach to leave Cleveland since Chudzinski was fired on December 29th.