Defensive coordinator Ray Horton wears cornrows normally, although when the team got off the plane when it got back from Philadelphia, I noticed Horton had released his fairly prestigious hair from its everyday trappings. It was hard not to notice it again Thursday, as Horton, 51, coached practice with his hair fanned out like he was lost in the 1970s.
It all seemed like a big mystery. “I don’t know why he’s doing it,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s fun to pick on him a little bit, though. Everyone is coming up with different nicknames. Adds life to the locker room, which is good.”
Said cornerback Richard Marshall, “I asked him, but he really didn’t say too much. He probably doesn’t like it. I don’t know what the situation was.”
Horton just said he was going to be back to his normal look Sunday for the 49ers, and certainly didn’t sound like this was done on his own. (And no, I don’t have a picture, because obviously if I did, it would be posted.)
This afternoon, during an interview on XTRA 910, he explained why. Turns out the offensive linemen (of all people), told him he should let it out when the Cards broke the losing streak. The Cards beat the Rams, but the linemen didn’t say anything, so Horton didn’t follow up. When they finally mentioned it, he said he would if the Cards won two in a row — and they did in Philadelphia.
Horton let the hair out on the plane ride home — hence my scene on the tarmac — and “they all looked at me like I was crazy,” Horton said.
Better yet, Michael and Bill Bidwill saw Horton today and said Horton should leave it out for the game in San Francisco. Horton won’t do that — he wants to try and look as professional as possible — but promised them if the Cards beat the 49ers and the Rams on the road the next two weeks, he will indeed let it out for the next home game, which will be against Dallas Dec. 4.
Meaning, of course, things could get hairy for the Cardinals over the next two games.
Yes, I went there.
Tags: Bill Bidwill, Michael Bidwill, Ray Horton
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