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Should Hue Hear a Horton?

There has been a lot of talk that Hue Jackson, the new Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns, wants to talk to Ray Horton.  On Wednesday, we finally hear the news the Browns have been waiting for.  Ray Horton is named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.  Last season,  Horton is was the Defensive Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. Jackson wanted Horton and he got him.. Hue wanted to hear a Horton but why should Hue hear a Horton?

Horton was once the Defensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns back when Coach “Chud” was the Head Coach. That only lasted one season (2013). Coach Chud was fired after the season with a 5-11 record and his staff, including Ray Horton, were let go.

During that 2013 season, Horton’s defense was only ranked in the Top 10 in a few categories:  ranked 9th in Total Yards per game (332.4), 7th in Penalty yards (745) 3rd in Yards per play (4.8).  

Here’s the rest of their rankings from the 2013 Season:

Total Points (23rd)

3rd Down Percentage (31st)

4th Down Percentage (15th)

Penalties (11th)

Fumbles (32nd)

Interceptions (20th)

When you look at these ranks, you can see some positives to look at and then there are the negatives.  When you cannot stop an offense on 3rd Down, that is a problem.  When you cannot create turnovers to help your offense get back on the field, that is a problem.  When you cannot limit the points scored when your own offense is not the greatest, that is a problem.

Many fans were a bit surprised by the firing of Coach Chud, but others thought he was not the problem.  Many fans thought the problems was Horton and the defense.  The Browns defense was ranked 4th for the first five games.  They ended up losing 10 of the final 11 games.

Horton hears a Hue

If you are a Dr. Seuss fan, you have heard of the book “Horton Hears a Who.”  In the book, there are a couple of quotes that remind me of how the Browns are feeling:

“I meant what I said, I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful 100 percent.”

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Horton, the elephant, shared these quotes in the story.

The Browns have been looking for someone who is “faithful” to them, a person who can turn this mess around. Can we trust Horton? Can we trust Horton on what he says and if he means it?  Can we trust him that he is always going to be faithful to this Browns organization?  There are so many questions to what this coming season may unfold.

But should we cut Horton some slack and wipe the slate clean from his 2013 season as the Defensive Coordinator?  “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  Horton is a person, a person who will make mistakes.  People make mistakes, including you and me.  Maybe we ought to give Horton another shot.  Maybe we ought to hear Horton.  Maybe Hue and the Browns ought to hear a Horton.



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