Steelers' Horton drawing interest from Cardinals
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The Arizona Cardinals have finally found a Steelers assistant coach they can interview for their defensive coordinator position, and he will be in Tempe, Ariz., today to discuss the job possibility.
Secondary coach Ray Horton, who is in the final year of his contract, will interview with Cardinals coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt about running Arizona's 3-4 defense, which ranked 29th in the National Football League during the 2010 season.
The Steelers granted Horton permission to interview with the Cardinals after they turned down Arizona's request to speak with linebackers coach Keith Butler about the same position. The request was denied because Butler signed a new contract after the 2009 season with the understanding he would be the Steelers' defensive coordinator when Dick LeBeau retires, whenever that is.
Nose tackle Chris Hoke said LeBeau indicated in a team meeting Tuesday that he intends to return for the 2011 season. LeBeau is in the final year of his contract.
In addition to the Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys were also granted permission by the Steelers to speak with Horton, who has been one of their secondary coaches since 2004. It is believed the Cowboys want Horton to be their secondary coach. Horton played in Dallas from 1989-92.
First Published February 9, 2011 12:00 am