Reports: Ray Horton furious over Cardinals hiring Bruce Arians as coach
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is furious about being passed over for their head-coaching job, according to multiple reports.
The Cardinals and Bruce Arians came to an agreement on a reported four-year contract Thursday night, with a team option for a fifth year. Yahoo Sports’ Mike Silver reported that Horton — who was still under contract with the Cardinals despite former head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s firing — will be fired as defensive coordinator and replaced by Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
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
Meanwhile, Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 reported that Horton engaged in a “heated exchange” with general manager Steve Keim after learning of the Cardinals’ decision to go with Arians. Horton thought he would get the gig when Mike McCoy became the head coach of the Chargers.
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
USA Today’s Mike Garafolo confirmed Jurecki’s report, saying Horton was “pissed.”
Yup, he’s pissed. Can’t blame him. RT @mikejurecki: Ray Horton had a heated exchange w/ Steve Keim, thought he was the guy when McCoy to SD.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 18, 2013
The Cardinals and Arians agreed late Thursday night on a contract after meeting Thursday. Arians served as the Colts’ interim head coach for most of last season while Chuck Pagano was being treated for leukemia. He led the Colts to a 9-3 record under his tenure as head coach until Pagano returned to coach the team on Dec. 30 against the Houston Texans.
Before returning to the Colts — where he had spent three seasons as their quarterback coach from 1998-2000 — Arians worked from 2004-11 as the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator. He was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator from 2001-03.