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Reports now mixed regarding Horton

The former Browns defensive coordinator was reportedly to join the team in the same capacity for the 2016 season, but his comments indicate otherwise.

The Browns seemed set to bring back to Berea the man who ran the team's defense for the 2013 season.

Then, that man refuted the report. 

Ray Horton, who has spent the last two seasons as a defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, was to return to the Browns as the team's defensive coordinator under Hue Jackson for 2016, according to The Tennesean.

According to the article written by Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, it was amidst his interview for the Titans head coaching position that Horton was "insulted" by the organization and made the decision to return to Cleveland to coach under Jackson.

Upon hearing that report, however, Horton told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN that he was not insulted by the interview at all. 

Rather, he was happy with the meeting and was even working on a contract extension with the Titans. 

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Lane Adkins of The OBR has reported that while Horton hasn't officially been hired as the team's defensive coordinator, the Browns are still interested in the defensive coordinator. 

He said too that the situation still has to play out. 

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. 

With the head of the dfeensive staff seemingly set, it appears as though the Browns have named each of their coordinators. 

On Friday, it was announced that Chris Tabor will remain Cleveland's special teams coordinator, the position he's held through three regimes since 2011. 

It was also reported on Friday that Jackson will call the plays for the Browns-- something he said he wanted to do in his introductory press conference. 

"Boy, I love calling plays. I do, But I’m going to do whatever I think is the right thing for this organization," Jackson said. "Obviously, we are going to look to find the best coaches in the world to come here and if that means Hue Jackson needs to slide over and give someone else that opportunity I will. But I know I will always be itching and scratching and wanting to do it because I have a pretty good feel for what it takes to be successful in this league." 

Jackson later said on Sirius XM Radio that he most likely won't hire an offensive coordinator, making it seem as if he'll control the offense.

He has, however, interviewed former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, and has discussed the possibility of Minnesota Vikings running backs coach, Kirby Wilson, joining the Browns as a running game coordinator.

Jackson said too in his introductory press conference on Wednesday that he was anticipating the fact that many coaches would be interested in joining his staff with the Browns.

“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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