Around the NFC West: Jan. 25, 2013
The NFC West lost one of its most compelling figures when the Arizona Cardinals parted with defensive coordinator Ray Horton this offseason.
Horton, 52, was more likely than any coach in the division to speak his mind without regard for potential consequences. He was more likely than most players to do so.
Horton was also a very good coach for Arizona, overseeing a defensive rise over the past year and a half. The Cleveland Browns should be better for his presence as their new defensive coordinator.
We should expect Horton to reemerge as a head coaching candidate at some point in the future.
A question: If you were a team owner looking for a head coach, how would you feel about Horton's candidacy after listening to his interview with Mike Jurecki and Dan Bickley on Thursday? The audio features Horton repeatedly turning the tables on his questioners, pressing them for details relating to their reporting tactics in a manner unlike anything I can recall hearing from an NFL coach in a media setting.