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'There isn't a doubt' Ray Horton is frontrunner for HC jobs

ESPN's John Clayton thinks Horton could easily land a job as a head coach this off-season, but he's not necessarily a shoo-in yet.

Christian Petersen

Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator Ray Horton has interviewed for several head coaching jobs since the regular season ended, and ESPN's John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620 in a radio interview that "there isn't a doubt" that Horton could land one of the open jobs around the NFL.

"There isn't any doubt that he's going to be in the mix [for multiple jobs]," Clayton said. "With two interviews in Arizona, I don't think he's out of the mix in Arizona."

Horton has already interviewed with the Cardinals for their head coaching vacancy, as well as the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. Even though Horton stands a good chance of landing a head coaching job somewhere, the deck is somewhat stacked against him since he's a defensive coach:

"I don't think there's any guarantee that he's getting a head coaching job, because the trend right now is everyone wants offensive coaches," said Clayton. "They want offensive assistant coaches and they want former head coaches who were offensive guys.

Horton played for 10 years in the NFL as a defensive back and has spent the past 19 seasons as an assistant coach. The biggest knock against him is a lack of experience, as he's only been a defensive coordinator for the past two seasons with the Cardinals.

In addition to Horton, the Cardinals are scheduled to interview Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Haley was previously with the Cardinals as their offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008.