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                === Browns name Horton defensive coordinator ===
 
 Berea,  OH  (Sports Network) - The  Cleveland Browns made Ray Horton their new
 defensive coordinator on Friday.
 
 Horton  thought he was in position to become the new head coach of the Arizona
 Cardinals,  after  he spent the  previous two  seasons (2011-12) as the team's
 defensive coordinator.
 
 However,  the  Cardinals decided to make  Bruce Arians head coach on Thursday,
 which  reportedly led  to a heated exchange between Horton and general manager
 Steve Keim.
 
 Horton  replaces  Dick Jauron,  who was  Cleveland's defensive coordinator the
 past two seasons.
 
 This  past season,  Horton guided a defensive  unit that led the NFL in passer
 rating  allowed  (71.2).  His  defense  also  ranked  second  in  the  NFL  in
 interceptions (22) and third-down efficiency (32.9 percent).
 
 Cleveland ranked 23rd in total defense in 2012.
 
 "As we've said before, an important factor in hiring Rob was our confidence in
 him  being able  to put  together a  top-quality staff,"  said Browns  CEO Joe
 Banner.  "He has  assembled an extremely impressive group of coaches, and that
 will be very beneficial as we develop our players."
 
 Prior  to  his time  in Arizona,  Horton spent seven  seasons (2004-10) as the
 defensive  backs/assistant defensive backs coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 He  started  his coaching career  in Washington,  where he served as assistant
 defensive  backs/defensive assistant for three seasons (1994-96). He then made
 two stops as defensive backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-2001) and
 Detroit Lions (2002-03), before landing in Pittsburgh.
 
 
 
 
 01/18 17:00:33 ET