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I wonder why SBN doesn't have any pictures of Horton up yet?

Horton Hired As Defensive Coordinator
Whisenhunt taps Steelers defensive backs coach as defense's new boss

Arizona Cardinals hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt hired his third defensive coordinator in four years on Wednesday, naming Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton to the position. Horton, 50, played defensive back in the NFL for 10 seasons and has been an assistant coach for the last 17, including the last seven with the Steelers.

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

Thoughts on Ray Horton's hiring - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts after the Arizona Cardinals announced Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton's hiring as defensive coordinator:

Tracing Ray Horton's coaching roots - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals hired Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton as defensive coordinator because they wanted to model their defense after the one the Steelers ran under coordinator Dick LeBeau. Horton has worked with LeBeau for 12 of the past 14 NFL seasons. The chart traces Horton's coaching roots back to his first job, under Norv Turner in 1994. blogs - Kent Somers - Horton has a handle on it
It's dangerous to base opinions on first impressions and introductory press conferences. Many coaches have "won" the first press conference, as the cliche goes, but have had considerably more trouble winning on game day. And vice versa. While this is his first job as coordinator, Horton handled his introductory news conference like he had been there before. He was direct, succinct and approachable. I watched him afterward conduct one-on-one interviews with local television stations. While he repeated the same message -- pressure, pressure and more pressure -- he gave each one a little something different. He remembered every interviewer's name and took the time to introduce himself to an intern.

Reports: Cards change secondary coaches
The Cardinals have made changes on the defensive staff with Ray Horton coming in as defensive coordinator. We knew something was coming, and reports now attach names to the news. XTRA’s Mike Jurecki reported the Cardinals fired defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson and assistant defensive backs coach Rick Courtright (who had been a part of the staff since Denny Green was hired in 2004). Joe Reedy in Cincinnati, meanwhile, reported the Cards are hiring former Bengals assistant Louie Cioffi, who had been in Cincinnati since 1997 and has been their assistant defensive backs coach. Cioffi coached together with Horton with the Bengals. Add in Deshea Townsend, the just-retired defensive back who also interviewed Wednesday and who Horton made clear he wants to hire, seems like the other likely hire. By the sound of it, both could end up being co-secondary coaches, although we’ll have to see how that plays out.

New Cardinals Coordinator Ray Horton Promises 'Aggressive, Downhill, Attacking Defense' - SB Nation Arizona
It did not take long for Ray Horton to get his message across in the press conference to introduce him as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. When introduced and even before he was asked any questions, the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach and follower of legendary Dick LeBeau announced that his team would have an "aggressive, downhill, attacking defense." In fact, he promised that the first play he calls for the defense would be a blitz.

Burns: Don't rush to judgement on Ray Horton hire -
This is a big hire for Ken Whisenhunt. The expectation level was set high with the tease of Dick LeBeau and hint of Keith Butler. Fans may be disappointed the Cardinals fell short of those lofty goals but I'm not. In Horton they got a guy who was born and raised in the LeBeau system. A Steeler guy. And if LeBeau was a pipe dream and Butler a stone wall, Horton makes for an attractive alternative.

Radim Vrbata's OT goal lifts Phoenix Coyotes over Dallas Stars
Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal at 1:13 of overtime to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Wednesday night, extending Dallas' losing streak to a season-long four games.

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Horton named new D-Coordinator

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Ray Horton, the new defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, joins Gambo & Ash to talk about his plans with his new team.

Report: CBA talks broke down after union proposed 50-50 split | ProFootballTalk
So much for optimism. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Thursday’s bargaining session between the NFL and the NFLPA was canceled after the two sides hit a wall regarding the most important aspect of the deal, the formula for splitting up the money.

Sources: NFL's owners balk at 50-50 split - ESPN
NFL owners walked away from the negotiating table Wednesday when the NFL Players Association proposed to take an average of 50 percent of all revenue generated by the league, according to player sources.

New Cardinals coordinator has decided on his first play call | ProFootballTalk
Don’t know much about new Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton or his defensive approach? One word defined his introductory press conference on Wednesday: Pressure. blogs - Kent Somers - Defensive staff changes
Bengals assistant Louie Cioffi could be the Cardinals new secondary coach, according to an NFL source. Cioffi (pronounced CHO-fee) has been with the Bengals for the 13 years and is their assistant defensive backs coach. He and new defensive coordinator Ray Horton have known each other for a long time. As reported on Wednesday, former Steelers/Colts cornerback Deshea Townsend will be the assistant defensive backs coach. Townsend was at the Cardinals facility on Wednesday with Horton and coach Ken Whisenhunt. Townsend will specialize in working with cornerbacks and with nickel backs.

Where NFL teams rank in free agents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The chart breaks down the numbers by accrued seasons entering 2010, as provided by the NFLPA. I would assume that most players listed earned an accrued season in 2010. For example, the NFLPA list shows Arizona Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston with three accrued seasons heading into 2010. He clearly has four accrued seasons at this point. Players traditionally have needed four accrued seasons to qualify for unrestricted free agency. The looming expiration of the collective bargaining agreement upped those requirements last offseason.

Cardinals hire Ray Horton for defensive coordinator - NFL -
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has returned to his Pittsburgh Steelers connections to hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator. Horton has coached in the NFL for 17 seasons and has been with the Steelers for seven years, the last four as defensive backs coach.

Cardinals hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator | National Football Post
The Arizona Cardinals didn’t let Ray Horton get out the door.

Cardinals will also hire DB coaches Townsend, Cioffi | National Football Post
Ray Horton isn’t heading to the Arizona Cardinals by himself.

Cardinals choose Ray Horton as defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
After a whole lot of speculation on Tuesday, the Cardinals have settled on their next defensive coordinator. - Horton hired as Cardinals defensive coordinator
The Cardinals have announced former Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton as their new defensive coordinator.

Arizona Cardinals hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator -
The Arizona Cardinals have a new defensive coordinator who spent the 2010 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching staff. It just isn't either of the names that were heavily touted for the job over the last month.

Ash: Odds are the Cardinals won't win Super Bowl XLVI -
I received an email Monday from my friend who works for that gave the odds on every team in the NFL and their chances of winning next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Normally this email catches my eye as I like to see what the experts think a full year away from the next big game. The usual suspects are always at the top of the list. As expected the Green Bay Packers are the odds on favorites to win it again at 7-1. The Patriots were 8-1, Steelers 10-1, San Diego 12-1 and a bunch of teams in the teens like Indy, Baltimore, Jets and Atlanta. One team that wasn't in the teens, the twenties, thirties or even the fifties was your Arizona Cardinals.

Espo: Arizona Cardinals coordinator search more exciting than decision -
There are very few things in life I anticipate more than a new movie release. You know the kind I'm talking about. The ones whose trailers grab your attention -- like Oprah grabs a juicy steak or Shaq grabs any publicity opportunity -- and don't let go. Just because the trailer is entertaining and makes the movie look fantastic, it doesn't mean the film you're about to put 10 of your hard earned dollars down on will be any good. (Think most superhero movies or anything Nicolas Cage has starred in.)

Warning: This job hazardous to career - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Those over-the-counter drug commercials filled with hope, sunshine and a long list of potentially disastrous side effects come to mind when NFC West teams hire coordinators these days. Ray Horton, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and a successful run as the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary coach, should be thrilled to have emerged as a favorite to run the Arizona Cardinals' defense. Becoming a coordinator for the first time stands as a career achievement, particularly for someone such as Horton, who has invested more than 25 years as an NFL player and position coach. But if the NFC West were living under the same guidelines pharmaceutical companies must follow, the Cardinals would punctuate their interview with Horton by listing the primary side effect associated with the job: quick unemployment.

The all-time coolest athlete in Arizona -
Cool is an unquantifiable term. The dictionary defines it in the vaguest of terms as "great; fine; excellent". It's a definition that isn't much help in figuring out who is and isn't. So, what really makes someone cool? Is it their style? Does attitude play a huge part? How much does a person's performance at their job taken into account?

Is there a Trophy winner in the Cards future?
With the Packers beating the Steelers on Sunday night, all of the first-round draft positions are set. Here’s the latest look at how I see April’s first round shaking out.

(We got stuck with Cam Newton in this one...)

2011 mock draft 1.0 - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller | OLB | Texas A&M A key ingredient for a new defensive coordinator running desired odd front.

Mike McCarthy gives a coaching view on the 18-game season | ProFootballTalk
The owners want an 18-game season. The players generally don’t. But what about the coaches? We suspect Packers coach Mike McCarthy shared the opinion of the majority of colleagues when asked about the subject at his season-ending press conference in Green Bay Wednesday.

Johnny McEntee Trick Shot Video: UConn QB Does Wonders With A Football (VIDEO)
We have seen our fair share of trick shot videos. Professional basketball players.. College basketball players.. This group called "The Legendary Shots." You name it. What about football? UConn football backup quarterback Johnny McEntee made his own trick shot video, showing off his incredible accuracy. The sophomore hits targets from long range. He hits targets with a blindfold on. He even uses a football to open doors for his teammates. Scroll down to watch the video.

NFL’s claim that 850 fans got good Super Bowl seats doesn’t hold up | ProFootballTalk
When the NFL admitted on Super Bowl Sunday that it had sold 1,250 tickets to the game for seats that didn’t exist, the league quickly scrambled to release a statement saying 850 of those fans were being moved to seats that were as good as, or better than, the ones they had originally purchased. Now some of those 850 are coming forward to say the NFL is lying. news: 2011 playoff picture could look very different
As much as I enjoyed watching teams like Tampa Bay and Kansas City come of age, waiting to see if Brett Favre would play a 20th season and then if his starting streak would end, and witnessing the sixth-seeded Packers rally down the season's final stretch to win a Super Bowl, it's time to move on. news: Woodley expects to be franchised by Steelers in coming weeks
Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley hasn't been informed formally yet, but he is "fully expecting" to be designated as the team's franchise player within the next two weeks, according to a source. news: Teams must be kicking themselves for not drafting Rodgers
The Super Bowl is over, but the lessons learned from the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers are still out there to be digested.