Report: Ray Horton has been targeted as the Browns' next defensive coordinator

The Browns defense in 2016 may look similar to that of the 2013 season, if a report from Adam Schefter is to come to fruition.

Though the Browns will be led by a brand new face this season, the team may bring back a familiar face to run the defense. 

Hue Jackson, Cleveland's new head coach, is targeting former Browns defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, to join the team in the same role next season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter reports, however, that Horton, who is currently with the Tennessee Titans, may not be able to leave Nashville.

Horton spent the 2013 season as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland under head coach Rob Chudzinski and in said season, the Browns posted a 4-12 record and ranked ninth in the NFL in terms of total yards allowed. 

Exactly one year after he was hired in Cleveland, Horton was hired by the Tennessee Titans as the defensive coordinator-- the position that he is currently in. 

This past season in Tennessee, the Titans finished 2-14, but Horton's defense ranked 12th in the league in total yards allowed and seventh in the league in total passing yards allowed. 

Jackson said in his introductory press conference on Wednesday night that he was anticipating the fact that many coaches would be interested in joining his staff with the Browns, but said too that he wanted to make sure the coaches he brought in were right for his team.

“I’m going to attract some good coaches and some great coaches,” Jackson said. “‘But, to me, we’ve got to find the right fit for us.”

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