Ray Horton vowed to transform the Browns' defense into a versatile, attacking unit this morning during his introductory news conference. Horton, who was hired Jan. 18 as the team's new defensive coordinator, said last week during an interview with Arizona radio station XTRA Sports 910-AM that he would run a 3-4 defense in Cleveland. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski described it as a 3-4 multi-front defense today, and Horton emphasized the versatility of his system while resisting labels. "We're going to look like an aggressive, forward attacking defense that has big men that can run and little men that can hit, and I've seen that on tape," Horton said. "That's the most important thing to me – what do we look like, not what we line up in. We may be a 3-4 on one snap. We may be a 4-3 on another snap. I guarantee you we'll be a 5-2 sometimes, and we'll be a 4-4 sometimes. We are a multi-front, attacking defense, and that's the most important thing, not what player lines up where, how he stands, what stance he's in." Horton said he has studied the Browns' roster and doesn't envision a massive overhaul to fit his system. "When you watch our defensive line, they get after the quarterback and they turn and run and make multiple plays downfield," Horton said. "And then you see our little guys, who you know can run, but the thing that impresses you is they can hit."
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton vows to lead versatile, attacking unit
Akron Beacon Journal | Jan 29