New defensive coordinator Ray Horton — about whom I have written a profile — arrived at an awkward time, which he had noted when he was hired. The potential work stoppage was coming, it arrived, and he obviously didn’t get a chance to install anything. Horton, however, shows no nervousness given the situation.
“It’s an unknown but I was telling our coaches (recently) we are ahead of schedule,” Horton said. “I planned for this, I anticipated it. I am ready for it. If it changes, we will change with it.”
In the end it doesn’t make sense to worry about what can’t be done given the current lockout. Horton continues to plow ahead, always with an eye for that point when the players do come back.
“The saving grace for me?” Horton said. “In our division, the Seattle Seahawks have a new offensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams have a new offensive coordinator and the San Francisco 49ers have a new offensive coordinator. We are equal. It will come down to who is ahead of the curve.”
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