Cowboys Defensive Coordinator: Ray Horton A Possibility
by JP Starkey • Jan 13, 2011 3:41 PM CST
The current Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton has emerged as a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator position according to the Dallas Morning News, which cites the infamous "NFL source."
Horton played 10 years in the NFL, including a four-season stint (1989-92) with the Cowboys. He has been an NFL assistant coach for 17 years, including the last seven years with the Steelers. Horton worked for well-regarded defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau with Cincinnati and re-joined him with the Steelers in 2004.
The Steelers secondary has been pretty good this year, holding opponents to 214 yards per game passing. The Pittsburgh defense, of course, ranks first against the run.
Since the Steelers are still in the playoffs, Dallas cannot formally interview Horton for the position.
As the Dallas Morning News says, other candidates include Vic Fangio, Greg Manusky and Paul Pasqualoni. Hopefully Garrett and the Cowboys make a decision quickly so they can move on cohesively with an offseason personnel plan.