VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Arizona's Horton could be future NFL head coach

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - In a miserable season for his Arizona Cardinals, defensive coordinator Ray Horton is nonetheless a rising star in NFL coaching circles.

Advertisement
Expect Horton to be interviewed for some head coaching positions this offseason. Perhaps even in Arizona, should the Bidwill family decide to fire coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Horton was saying all the right things Friday after the team's final practice of the season.

``I would say today all I'm trying to do today is be the best D-coordinator in the league,'' he said. ``I didn't do it because we didn't accomplish our goals and the rest of that stuff kind of takes care of itself. Usually teams that win more are rewarded that way.''

But he did acknowledge it's every coach's goal to someday get the top job.

``That's what you're trying for,'' he said, ``and if you prepare well you should be ready.''

Last year, after his first season as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator, he was interviewed for the St. Louis job that eventually went to Jeff Fisher. Horton said there's no secret to having a good job interview.

``I think if you're confident in what you do, probably every interview would be good,'' he said. ``I think I'm prepared, smart, knowledgeable, humble and everything that goes along with whatever that entails.''

Horton was an assistant at Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt tabbed him to be Arizona's third defensive coordinator in five years. Horton has a year left on his contract, meaning he couldn't leave for another coordinator's job without the Cardinals' permission. He could, however, leave to take a head coaching job. His players certainly believe in him. Defensive end Calais Campbell says Horton would be an ``awesome'' head coach.

``I wouldn't be surprised if he had a lot of different offers because he's very talented at what he does,'' Campbell said. ``He's smart, he understands the game, he's a great motivational speaker. I think he'll make a great head coach. He has that passion for winning.''

There hasn't been much winning in Arizona, though. The Cardinals, after a 4-0 start, have dropped 10 of 11 and are huge underdogs at San Francisco. The problems almost entirely are the fault of the offense, especially poor play at quarterback. Arizona is starting Brian Hoyer at the position on Sunday less than three weeks after he was picked up on waivers from Pittsburgh.

The defense, on the other hand, ranks 12th in the NFL overall and is third against the pass.

The Cardinals' 22 interceptions are second in the NFL, one behind Chicago. Their 33 takeaways rank fourth in the league. Their opponent passer rating (68.5) is first in the NFL and their opponent completion percentage (54.1) is second only to Houston (53.2). Their 37 sacks are tied for 10th. The defensive superlatives, however, do not include run defense. The Cardinals are 28th in the NFL in that category.

Still, Horton gives his defense a B-plus for its performance.

``Personally I would have liked to have seen a couple of shutouts and maybe a couple of other scoring opportunities that we could have helped the offense,'' he said. ``Probably over the season I'd probably take back no more than five plays, less than a handful, that I would love to call again.''

Horton said there was never a serious rift between the defense and offense, despite the stark differences in the performances of the two units. He credited the makeup of his team.

``They are highly motivated and inspired,'' he said. ``They play for themselves, meaning they have a lot of personal pride in their performance.''

Whisenhunt gave the defense an overall good review.

``You'd have to say the defense has played well,'' he said. ``I mean, we haven't done as good a job against the run game as we need to, but as far as turnovers and keeping us in games and making plays and scoring, the defense has done a great job.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

---

Follow Bob Baum at www.twitter.com/Thebaumerphx

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbetting.ag: Thursday's Best Bet
Nelson: Close Calls - Week 14
Bookmaker: NFL Playoff Odds
BetOnline.ag: ATS Power Rankings - Week 15
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - Week 15
Roberts: Books win small in Week 14
BetOnline.ag: Buyer's Remorse - Week 14
Bookmaker: Week 15 Opening Odds
News: SuperContest Picks - Week 14
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
17-2 G-Plays, 6-1 Totals, 14-7 Picks
5-2 Run, 8-0 L8 Guarantees
5-1 Week 14, 10-2 L12 Picks
6-2 L8 Picks, +2,280 Overall TY
10-3 L13 Picks, +1,785 This Season
9-1 L2 Sundays, 18-9 G-Plays TY
6-2 Sunday, +1,449 Net Profits TY
6-0 Last 6 Guaranteed Run
7-2 G-Plays, 16-7 L10 Sun, 65% TY
11-2 L2 Sundays, 49-24 L12 Sun.
20-7 Last 27 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 NFL Record Sunday
3-1 L4 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Selections
5-2 Week 14, 9-4 L12 Picks
3-0 Picks Last Sunday
5-2 Last 7 Monday Picks
2-0 Week 14, 3-0 L3 G-Plays
8-4 Record L2 Sundays
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks
2017 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 2280
Pat Hawkins + 1785
Vince Akins + 1449
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Andy Iskoe + 395
Vince Akins + 390
Dave Cokin + 300
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Zack Cimini 65 %
Pat Hawkins 60 %
Gary Bart 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1503
Paul Bovi + 812
Scott Rickenbach + 792
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 580
Michael Black + 374
Stephen Nover + 285
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 560
Gary Bart + 555
Bill Marzano + 539
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership