Titans interview def. coordinator Horton
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has another option for coach already on staff, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton got his chance Saturday to make a case to win the job as the Titans try to fill the NFL’s last opening.
The Titans confirmed they interviewed Horton.
They are looking for their third coach since Jeff Fisher left in January 2011. They fired Ken Whisenhunt on Nov. 3 and interviewed interim coach Mike Mularkey and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Friday. Former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone talked with Tennessee about the job on Thursday.
Horton just finished his second season with Tennessee, and he worked with assistant head coach for defense Dick LeBeau in helping the Titans jump from 27th in total defense in 2014 to 12th overall in 2015 as they transitioned from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 front. A former safety with Cincinnati and Dallas, Horton has 21 years of experience in the NFL, coaching with Washington, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Cleveland.
In his career, Horton has been to five Super Bowls combined as a player or coach. He was defensive coordinator in Arizona under Whisenhunt, with the Cardinals ranking 12th in total defense in 2012. He was defensive coordinator in Cleveland in 2013, with the Browns ranking ninth in both yards allowed and passing defense.
The Titans tentatively have scheduled a news conference for Monday to introduce their new general manager, Jon Robinson, who was hired Thursday.
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