Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 1/18/13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals yells at a referee against the Tennessee Titans during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton thought he at least was under strong consideration to take over as head coach when Ken Whisenhunt was fired. So you could imagine his frustration upon hearing that they hired former Colts OC Bruce Arians for the job Thursday. Now, if reports are true, Horton's out of job. Horton had one year left on his contract. Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 tweeted this out last night. For those asking abt Ray Horton I was told he had a heated exchange w/ Steve Keim, thought he was the guy when McCoy took the Chargers job. — Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) January 18, 2013 Mike Garafolo of USA Today also is reporting that Horton is 'pissed', and truth be told, he does have a point. Why wouldn't the Cardinals consider him for the job? Horton's defense was the only bright spot in a dismal season while the offense fell completely apart. Now Arizona turns the page, with new reports out this morning is that Ray has been fired according to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports. I'm told Ray Horton is out as Cardinals defensive coordinator and will be replaced by Todd Bowles. Source who knows. Bad vibes all around. — Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 18, 2013 var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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6 Comments:
  • The cardinals just cant figure it out, what it takes to be a winner...now they have alienated everyone on the defense , that coupled with no offense will gain them the #1 pick next year & they will screw that up as well...think its time to jump on the 49ers band wagon!!!!!!!!!!!wolverine133
  • To string Horton along knowing they were going to hire an offence coordinator and not tell Horton, is beyong digraceful.
    If this is way new new GM is going to treat coaches, he should be fired NOW. Ray was the only coach that accomplished anything on the entire coaching staff.
  • How do "numbnuts" know if Horton was or wasn't told. Your IQ's can only be found some where between that of a rock and a snail, at best. What needs to be fixed, THE OFFENSE? Who beat us in the Superbowl on that last drive, and don't say it was just been Rothlessburger, can anyone say ARIANS, the Steeler's offensive coordinator. Who was calling those plays? Give the guy a break. Do you think Horton ever would've been satisfied? Do you think he would've stuck around more than one year and then took off? Ask yourselves, why wasn't he chosen amongst the other 7 head coaching jobs out there? Does that go to qualifications? If the defensive talent on the Cardinals is as good as they say it is around the league; they will DO THEIR JOBS as professionals and know that they can be just as good under a different defensive scheme. The offense needs to be fixed. Let the defense hold their own and let's see what Arians can do. Quit your damn belly aching.
  • Why would the guy stick around when there are other opportunities? Loyalty should be worth something. His efforts with the defense should be worth something too. Instead, he gets fired. There goes the defense. Do you thinl Bowles or Arians can do better with the defense than Horton did? Really?This whole debacle stinks of Bidwill, and will continue to stink like last season.
  • I don't know which team is worse now. Cardinals or Suns?
  • The Cards are nothing now and forever. Sell the team to people that know how to run an org. Period
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