Horton says hello

Posted by Darren Urban on February 9, 2011 – 4:49 pm

Before I get started on an updated story for the homepage on new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, wanted to put out some key tidbits:

— Horton receives a three-year deal. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said it’s important for coordinators to get a chance to hire his own coach or two — he got that chance under Bill Cowher — and Horton will be doing the same. There were no announcements over who that would be though, nor what positions they will fill. Whisenhunt also stressed any new coaches still have to go through an interview process.

— Horton is clearly all about pressure. He talked about pressuring the other team multiple times. He said the first play in the first game will be a blitz call. He said, “It’s not going to be, ‘Here we go …’ it’s going to be, ‘Here we come.’ ”

— He was unfazed by being Whisenhunt’s third defensive coordinator: “Most people don’t marry the first girl they date. Hopefully they marry the best one.”

— There will be tweaks, but no question, he is a Dick LeBeau guy and that’s how this defense will be patterned.

— Horton stayed vague about the talent on the roster. He acknowledged he hasn’t gotten a chance to see a lot of film yet, but he insisted much can be corrected with better technique and fundamentals.

I will have more later.

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58 Responses to “Horton says hello”

  1. By Mike Ellingboe on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Liking this already.

  2. By John on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Can someone get Horton a wig please

  3. By CJ on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Good i hope this mentality hes bringing tranfers into our player and onto the field.

  4. By Phoenixraven1 on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome Mr. Horton!

  5. By RelayTV on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Well, since he’s now our guy, let me be one of the first to say, Welcome to the Cardinals Coach Horton.

    I wish you the best, and I hope you can turn our defense into one to be feared.

    Nothing would make me happier than to “complain” that our secondary was “only” 12th best against the pass next season.

    Go Cards!

  6. By stephn on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    gotta love the cornrows lol Welcome to the Team Mr. Horton Make our Defense Fierce 2011 NFC West Champions Cardinals

  7. By wayne on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the great news, I think he will improve the defense. Now lets draft Von Miller with the 5th pick and get a free agent DE, then we sign a QB and we are back baby.

  8. By CardiacCards on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply


  9. By Pat on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Underwhelming, but we will see. He doesn’t get it done, he and Whiz will be leaving town together.

  10. By georgiebird on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    The Horton hire does make some happy:
    1) The Steelers are happy-they don’t have to fire Horton
    2) the other NFC West OCs are happy- more easy pickings
    3) Whiz is happy- he’s brought in another Steeler

    The Cardinal fans who drink the “kool aid” will be happy with any hire. Little do they know about all the years of defensive futility(about 50+)

    All I can say is that Michael Bidwill seemed a lot smarter when Warner was around.

  11. By Christo on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hmmmm technique and adjustment. Well the good news is we can only drop 3 more slots to worst D in the league.

  12. By Logan Cooper on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Love it. Love it. Love it.
    I am yearning for Horton to coach this team to its ability.
    If he is gonna bring pressure we are gonna need another good shutdown corner opposite of Cromartie………Patrick Peterson anyone?

  13. By D.Burban on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Really? Another no name assistant? Not to say he might not be good, but where is the commitment to winning? 17 years as an assistant and no DC job says a bunch. Is this another DA decision by KW?

  14. By Rich on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply


  15. By ben on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    oh great we got the coach of the worst part of the steelers game their secondary i hope i’mwrong but damn is this guy just gives hisfriends a chance and it sucks mcfadden porter oh yeah especially davis go cardinals

  16. By Mark on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    is their a video on his into interview?

  17. By John on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    *sigh* Every year the same thing. Off season high expectations for improvement let down by a terrible front office.

  18. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Do you think Porter will be gone or given one more chance. Do you see the Cards picking up any FA’s for the defense?

  19. By Darren Urban on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    NJAzCards —

    RE: Porter/FAs

    I think Porter would have to a) take a pay cut and b) be willing to take a lesser role. I’m not sure that will happen. I do think they will look in free agency, but who, I have no idea right now.

  20. By Brandon LA on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome! Here we come! One liners are great.

  21. By jzoully on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    This is great timing, thank god they got the defensive coordinator from Pittsburgh. And a defensive coordinator that has great confidence with the blitz. This defense is going to be better then when we had ever. We also need Horton to convince LaMarr Woodley to maybe skip town and come to Arizona because well no way would Horton come down here unless he was able to bring some of his defensive weapons.

  22. By jzoully on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    What linebacker that has star quality could Coach Whiz and Horton bring over? (names: Chad Greenway, LaMarr Woodley, David Harris, Paul Posluszny, Thomas Davis, or D’Qwell Jackson)

  23. By azcardnlz on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am so sick of the Cardinals trying their best to become like the stealers by hiring all of their coaches. So sick, in fact, that after being a St.Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals fan for the past 35 years, I am done.

    I have been hoping that Whiz would become his own person and HC. This is the last straw. Only thing worse than the stealers, is a stealers wanna-be.

  24. By Pheenic Cromartie on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    He sounds confident, and that’s what we need. Great pickup, Cardinals!

  25. By cardsfan822 on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    what are the chances we can bring in a big named free agent like Nnamdi Asomugha?? drc and asomugha will compliment each well. we havent brought any big free agents in a long time. it would also win over a lot of fans!! what do you think? we really need to improve our secondary.

  26. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    So is Townsend coming to arizona

  27. By Javi on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    do you think he will make our defense the #1 in the nfl in 2011?? darren

  28. By Nathan on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    There’s been a lot of whining about Horton being a “3rd” choice. I for one am excited he is here and believe he was worth waiting for. The heck with all the haters, they’d find a way to complain no matter who we got.

    Thanks for all the quick updates, Darren.

  29. By Peter in Canada on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think this is a good hire. I don’t agree with all the negative stuff about how he came from Pittsburgh so it’s nepotism, how the Steeler DB’s were no good, Butler was the one they wanted and they settled for something less etc.
    I also think some new blood should be brought in to the offence but it looks like that won’t happen.

  30. By Don't Take Losses on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Git ‘er done, Sugar Ray.

  31. By Chuck 1 on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    By drummer-1 on Feb 8, 2011 | Reply

    “Hey cardinals fans, it’s a interview not a hire, you complain because it (sic) Horton from the steelers, but didn’t complain when it was Butler, let’s see if Whiz try (sic) to talk with someone from the Packers.. step back take a deep breath…. ahhh, all better now.. remember it’s a interview NOT a hire….i would rather have Bowles”

    Uh, Earth to drummer-1, IT IS (and always was to be) A HIRE!!!

    I’m sure that Whiz hired Horton because LeBeau obviously consulted with Horton before every play to get his OK for the defensive call and Horton will be LeBeau reincarnated. LMAO

    Why was Darren Perry, the DB coach of the Packers not even interviewed?
    Oh, I understand. Horton was a CURRENT Steeler.

    I have an idea. Let’s trade Graves for the Steeler’s GM (and throw in DA and all of our 2011 draft choices)!!!

    Whiz is lucky that he’s under contract until 2013 because it will take him that long to acquire all of the Steeler cast-offs.

    Will Whiz’s Steeler obsession never end?

  32. By John the draft guy on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think a good question would be , is he going to continue running the hybred 3-4 or run a more true 3-4 like the Steelers.
    Did he give us any idea?

  33. By Darren Urban on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: Scheme

    He said more of a 3-4. In passing downs I am sure it’ll look more like 4 down linemen.

  34. By Eric Y on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am pretty thrilled about this hire. Second to Horton’s final comments, it was coach Whisenhunt’s confidence and demeanor throughout the entire press conference that seemed to really stand out to me. He seemed to carry a swagger that he hasn’t had all year. There seems to be some good chemistry between the two coaches. When you hear them talk, it’s almost as if this was a plan all along. That said, I think with their strong emphasis on a ‘learning curve’ and the current CBA situation, we might be looking at a 2-3 year plan for the cards.Hopefully if we can work out the QB situation (Kolb) and fill the right spots, we can get something clicking for 2011.

  35. By TBru on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome Coach

    Hopefully things are better than last year, or Dr Seuss can write a book, Horton hears a boo

  36. By GOBIRDS!!! on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    He had me at, “Aggressive, Discipline, Down Hill Attacking Defense” The cherry on top was, “We’re gonna get after the quarterback, I’m here to say right now the first call will be a blitz. No question about it.” His interview reminds me of Mr T’s. I was waiting for Darren to ask, “So what do you predict for next season?”…..”Pain”…

  37. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, haven’t been this excited since the Cards hired Billy Davis.
    Or maybe that was Donnie Henderson.
    No, it was Teryl Austin… or was it Carl Modskins? Tom Reed?
    As my momma once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know when you’re going to get a nut, flake or team changing defensive coordinator.”
    Momma was kinda strange.

  38. By toddcard on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hey “azcardnlz” please go ahead and leave…fake cardinal fans are great. the real cards fans dont need you or any other phony ass fan…35 yrs huh, bet the only time you ever came out for a game was 08′-09′ huh?! dude CARDINALS for LIFE!!!

  39. By toddcard on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    welcome coach horton! come put our boys where they need to be! we bleeed RED.

  40. By Judy on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I do not understand all of the hate-him,just because he came from Pittsburgh.Everyone comes from somewhere.Would they rather have one of the Cowpies old coaches.BTW I read that he already fired two guys from the defense coaching staff.Is that true?

  41. By Eazy E on Feb 9, 2011 | Reply

    I love the hiring of ray horton. He got a much bigger polamalu in A-Wil and just as good. DRC is an extremely talented CB Kerry is a complete safety all pro FS and hopefully he can nab asomugha.

  42. By modavysean on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    All you negative people are just band wagon jumpers anyways even if you claim to be Cardinal faithful for 30 plus years. This was a great hire. The steelers had the 2nd ranked defene and 12th ranked passing defense. Thats the team you want to hire from. Not the browns left overs not more failed patriot left overs. This man has done wonders with sub-par DB’s and mentored an defensive player of the year in Troy Polumalu. This was a great hire and we are lucky he PICKED US as his new team. Everyone in the league knows that Dallas was offering him the world to come to the cowboys. Great hire Whiz and don’t listen to a bunch of whiney negative losers who haven’t done their research. You keep striving for the best and keep bring in the talent. All we need is a QB and we are right back in it. I hope this is an indication that Patrick Peterson is going to be a cardinal. Imagine DRC ,Toler, and Peterson 😀 that would easily be the best young DB core in the league. With what he did with Taylor McFadden and GAY what could he do with DB’s with talent AND SPEED. Im excited to say the least. YEYA!!!! Go Cardinals baby 😀

  43. By drummer-1 on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    @chuck-1, I would have liked bowles, but this hire good als…i wasn’t the one crying and complaining like a baby you were, hope you enjoy OUR NEW DC, i will…have a good day my friend…hahaha… Horton,Horton…sounds good don’t it Chucky…just messing with you,but i wont respond to any of your post again..

  44. By drummer-1 on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    @azcardnlz, BYE,BYE,BYE….not trying to start anything, but that was to easy…

  45. By Christo on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Cursed mediocrity !!

  46. By vsancards on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Personally I like the hire. I am hopeful the defense can improve most on 3rd down. Get the other team’s offense off the field and get our secondary to play a little tighter.

  47. By RelayTV on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Now that we have our DC. Let’s spend the money and go get Nnamdi Asomugha. It is a small miracle that he is available this season, PLEASE don’t pass this up!

    The guy is THE BEST CORNER in the league, and a class act to boot. He would make our secondary one to be feared. We could put him and DRC in man coverage and let our LB’s really attack the QB! I would actually look forward to our D taking the field, instead of cringing like I did most of last season.

    Then trade our first round pick for more pics and draft a good LB and nose tackle so that we can really run the 3-4, and our defense will make Stafford, Hasselbeck, and whoever the niners get, lose sleep the night before they play us.

    Then go get Jon Kitna and a good TE (or teach Jim Dray who to catch) and the offense is right back to the ’08 style! (Why a tight end? Because when we had Q, we used him like a TE: catching passes across the middle and blocking for Fitz on the soft pick. Breaston as our new #2 is not big/strong enough to fill that role.)

    We will cruise to 10 wins and the NFC championship next season.

    See… Not hard at all.

  48. By Matt in Philly on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have to admit, I’m a little down on this decision. Did anyone else watch the super bowl? The part of the defense that failed the Steelers was Horton’s unit: the secondary. How can this guy become a great DC when a five-time pro-bowler in his defensive unit gets completely neutralized?

    Why couldn’t we get the Packers’ DB coach, who managed to continue making stops with his secondary despite losing three starters during the game?

  49. By Jeff Gollin on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Set aside the issue of “another former Steeler” for a moment and try to evaluate Horton on the basis of how good he is and how well he fits into the Cardinals’ plans.

    Seems to me that Coach Whisenhunt has wanted to complete the transition to a LeBeau-style 3-4 but has been hampered in part with (a) less than ideal personnel at certain positions and (b) lack of understanding/expertise of the somewhat intircateLeBeau 3 -4. Result – a sort of hybrid defense slowly moving toward the LeBeau scheme – but probably not fast enough for Wiz’s liking. (Note – Not only do the X’s and O’s have to line up, but each defensive player has to understand his role in every situation and play).

    Hopefully, the hiring of Horton will bring a guy who can (a) implement and (b) teach the LeBeau defense. (He’s already making sounds that reflect a more “in your face” approach to defensive football). On face value, Horton’s hiring seems to be a solid move by Coach Whisenhunt; but that will be for history (& Ray) to decide.

  50. By brad oneill on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Horton is the who!

    on the ninth of February, in the valley of the sun
    something a bit scarry, had recently begun.

    a faint noise was heard from the team who resided
    with hopes so small it had already been decided.

    Horton the db coach from the mighty steelers
    heard this yelp from the tiny red squealers.

    He suspected something was alive in that tiny valley town
    he considered and pondered and thunk it around

    i could be what this tiny team needs
    yellow and black philosophy watering red seeds

    there you are, all your troubles are over
    i will bring to this team the luck of a clover.

    and with that thought and little else more
    horton became the who the Whiz had searched for.

  51. By CJ on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply


    Could you see if the Jets dont sign him Antonio Cramartie coming here to play? granted if the CBA gets done. but haveing the two cramarties would be sick!

  52. By Darren Urban on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    CJ —

    RE: Antonio Cromartie

    I don’t know if the locker room is big enough for two Cromarties.

  53. By RelayTV on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    I was as against this hire as anybody, but now that it has happened we need to close ranks and support our coaches and our team.

    Horton has never been a DC before, so only time will tell if he becomes a good one. There is nothing that guarantees he’ll succeed, but there is nothing that guarantees he won’t, either.

    It’s like the draft. We’re are taking a risk on an unproven talent. If it works out, Whiz is a genius. If it doesn’t then he will probably be gone next season.

    But for now, let’s look forward and hope for the best.

    Because all TRUE FANS want the best for their team.

  54. By Scott H on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Damn, folks…I’m not always the most positive guy around, but new standards for negativity are being set with people predicting that Horton will be a disaster before he even finishes his introductory press conference…perhaps we can give him two quarters before we come to that conclusion??? Geez…and can we agree that the man needs more talent than is here right now before this D is gonna be one we can count on?

  55. By Eazy E on Feb 10, 2011 | Reply

    Horton is a dick lebeau disciple, he’ll do one hell of a job and I absolutely love his fire and attitude. I hope he’ll be able to get asomugha, forget about cromartie. Cromartie is good but asomugha is way better.

  56. By azcardnlz on Feb 12, 2011 | Reply

    @toddcard Ever see Neil Lomax play? Jim Hart? Tim McDonald? Seth Joyner? In person? Do you even know who they are before you google them. Have you ever been to even one Cards game @ Busch stadium? I have. 2008-09? No, didn’t go to any of them because I now live 1700 miles away. 1997? Season tickets that year. I was at Sun Devil Stadium when stupid fans tore down the goal posts after finally beating the Cowboys, when more stupid fans cheered when QB Kent Graham got hurt during the game, when Jake Plummer got his first NFL start against the Tennessee Oilers, and when the Cards played their final game of 1997, and instead of losing and being guaranteed the first overall 1998 pick, they went on to beat the Falcons and gave the first draft pick to the Colts, which they used to draft some guy named Peyton Manning. I own Arizona, Phoenix and St. Louis gear, and still have the last AZ license plate I had before I moved in 1998. Personalized “CARDNLZ” plate. I could go on and on. Not too bad for a “bandwagon” fan, huh modavysean?

    I suppose I need to clarify, since so many of you missed it. I said I’m done. I’m done as a Cardinal fan watching the team being run by stealer fans. I love the Cardinals, but absolutely HATE the stealers. I simply refuse to sit and watch my team become “stealers-West.”

    So yeah “dude” CARDINALS for LIFE! I will be back when they are.

  57. By redseafan85 on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply


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