Ray Horton Receives Second Interview with Arizona and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04:  Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton of the Arizona Cardinals watches practice during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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We are all aware of the reports that have linked Andy Reid as the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but not so fast. Amidst all of that speculation, current defensive coordinator Ray Horton has managed to interview with the Browns and the Cardinals.

Horton interviewed with Arizona for the first time yesterday and will get his second interview with the club today. Many clubs are interviewing him to suffice the "Rooney Rule," but it's no secret that the Cardinals are genuinely interested.

Team president Michael Bidwill has had the opportunity over the past two years to watch Horton's defense progress and grow into one of the top defenses in the league. This year Arizona finished with the No. 12 ranked defense, which marked their first top-15 finish in that category since 2002.

According to Pro Football Talk, Horton will also interview for the Buffalo Bills' vacant head coaching position. The Bills have also expressed interest in former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, so it will be interesting to see how things play out over the next week or so.

One thing is for sure, wherever Horton ends up, he will bring defensive expertise and leadership to an organization seeking it.



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