Lost in all the talk of Mike Lombardi returning to the Browns as Player Personnel Director was the hiring of Ray Horton.

The Browns have just added a very aggressive and effective defensive coordinator, and the hiring of Horton is just as important as Norv Turner becoming the new offensive coordinator.

The fact is rookie head coach Rob Chudzinski has spent his life coaching offense.

Turner has been a head coach and offensive coordinator. Obviously, the 60-year-old knows something about defense -- but his speciality is offense.

It was mandatory that the Browns bring in an experienced defensive coordinator.

Much like former defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, Horton will serve as the head coach of the defense. That because Chudzinski and Turner will spend so much time working on the offense.

Horton takes over a defense that was ranked No. 23 overall.

It was No. 25 against the pass, No. 19 against the run.

Jauron's defense was haunted by Joe Haden's four-game suspension for breaking the NFL's drug policy. The star cornerback missed another game with an injury. The Browns were 0-5 when Haden sat out.

Horton played 10 years in the NFL as a defensive back. He was the defensive backs coach for the Bengals from 1997-2001 and had that same job with the Steelers from 2004-10.

The Browns first round pick in 2010, Haden still has some maturity issues. It's easy to imagine Horton challenging Haden to maximize his God-given talent and become a Pro Bowl cornerback.

As a defensive coordinator in Arizona for the last two years, Horton took over a team that was ranked 29th in defense. In the next two years, the Cardinals rose to 18th and then 12th in 2012.