Steelers DB coach Horton in demand from at least two teams
By Jason La Canfora NFL Network
NFL Network Insider
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Ray Horton has offers to be the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys, according to a league source.
The Steelers defense led the league in points allowed per game (14.5) and was 12th in pass defense (214.1 yards). Their secondary included 2010 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu.
Horton has an interview scheduled this week in Arizona, according to a league source. The Cardinals have been looking for a defensive coordinator since Billy Davis was not retained by coach Ken Whisenhunt.
The Cowboys are remaking their staff under coach Jason Garrett, including the hire of Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.
A third team could be seeking permission to speak to Horton as well.
The Cardinals had hoped to land Steelers defensive backs coach Keith Butler as their coordinator, but the Steelers were disinclined to let him go a year after giving him a significant salary bump. He is considered the Steelers’ defensive coordinator in waiting.
The Steelers also remain hopeful of retaining Dick LeBeau as their coordinator and signing him to a new deal.