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Titans name Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals

The Tennessee Titans finally finalized a deal with Ray Horton to become the team's new defensive coordinator Monday.

Horton has 20 years of NFL experience and has been a defensive coordinator with the Browns and Cardinals.

He worked with the Cardinals in 2011-12 under now Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

"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 only season in Cleveland Horton transformed the Browns defense from 23 to ninth in the NFL.

In a release, Horton said he thrilled about his new opportunity in Nashville with the Titans.

"First I want to thank the Tennessee Titans organization for the trust and belief in me – I have a great deal of respect for their history and tradition through the years," said Horton. "I am excited about this opportunity, to be reunited with coach Whisenhunt and to be a piece of the puzzle to move this team forward."

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