Cleveland Browns hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

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BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns announced on Friday they have hired Ray Horton as their new defensive coordinator.

Horton was rumored to be the team’s next DC earlier in the week. He most recently worked as defensive coordinator with the Titans and spent one season with Cleveland in 2013.

“His defenses have gone after the quarterback,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said in a news release on Friday.  “They have been effective in stopping the run. They had a very good pass defense when he was here. That is what we need to do. We have some of the premier passers in this division when you talk about Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco. We are going to have slow those guys down to have a chance to compete in this division. That is what we expect from our defense.”

“I am really excited to be back,” Horton said. “I love the fans of Cleveland. When I was here last time they really embraced me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met Cleveland fans in different cities. It is a great fan base. I am excited to come back and help Coach Jackson win. We haven’t worked together previously, but I think there has been a mutual respect from across the field. It’s one of those things where you appreciate the challenges from matching up against each other from opposite sides of the field.”

The Browns also hired Pep Hamilton as associate head coach-offense, Al Saunders as senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach, Kirby Wilson as running backs/run game coordinator, Hal Hunter offensive line coach, Mark Hudson assistant offensive line coach, Greg Seamon tight ends coach and Bob Saunders as offensive quality control.

Shawn Mennenga, the special teams assistant, and Stan Watson, special teams quality control, will stay with special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Tabor has been with the Browns since 2011.

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