Last month, defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching job for the St. Louis Rams, the job later taken, as expected, by Jeff Fisher. It was a longshot, which Horton certainly knew, but it was a chance to do something he hadn’t done before, and eventually becoming a head coach is part of his ultimate dream.
“I didn’t say anything to anybody,” Horton said, “but one of the things burning inside of me is, as a player I have won a Super Bowl, as an (assistant) coach I have won a Super Bowl, I’d like to win one as a coordinator and I’d like to win one as a head coach. No one has ever done that. I think it will happen. My only regret is we didn’t win an NCAA championship (when he played at Washington). We were close.”
To complete his trail of titles, Horton still needs that Super Bowl win as a coordinator, which he might as well get in Arizona, right? Not surprisingly, being a head coach — aside from the Super list — is something he eventually wants to do. It doesn’t have to be soon, though.
“Do I think about being a head coach? You’d be silly to say you don’t, at some point, when you are driving home or when you are on vacation or something,” Horton said. “But is it something that consumes me? No. I love what I am doing now. It’s weird, I have a pat answer for someone who asks, ‘Do you like Arizona?’ I don’t like Arizona. I love it. The team, the organization, the fans.
“It’s unbelievable to walk into the community, and I am really a quiet person, and to go into a store and have a father say to his daughters, ‘Look girls, do you know who that is?’ The fan base here … I know our team is going to be good. I know that. But you go into the community, I am overwhelmed by the support we get.”
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