TEMPE, Ariz. -- With defensive coordinator Ray Horton under contract for another year, it seemed plausible that the Cardinals might keep him on in the same position should they pass him over for the head coaching vacancy.
But honest evaluation from the start should have made it clear: It was head coach or nothing for Horton. Hiring anyone else all but guaranteed Horton wouldn't be back, even if the Cardinals wanted him.
At his introductory press conference Friday, new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed reports that Horton had been released from his contract and explained why Horton was not a fit to remain on staff.
"I didn't feel like, at this point in time, that's where I wanted to go," Arians said. "It needed to be a football team that was directed by me, and any time there's carryover, we don't want (players) being able to go somewhere else to voice their opinion. I didn't want to put Ray in that situation. That's not fair to him....