Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is one of the hottest head coaching candidates in the league right now- and for good reason. Under Horton, the Cardinals defense has become one of the best in the league, but the team is in dire straits due to poor personnel decisions on offense (especially at quarterback). The two men responsible, Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves, were fired by the team yesterday.
The Buffalo Bills didn’t fire both their head coach and GM, but Buddy Nix could be on his way out in the future. That remains to be decided, but we do know for sure that the Bills will have to fill their head coaching vacancy left by the fired Chan Gailey. According to a report from Jason La Canfora, the Bills, Browns, and Cardinals will all interview Horton.
That means the top defensive coordinator could stay in Arizona, and they will likely move up Steve Keim as the head man if they end up promoting Horton up a notch.
There is one thing that intrigues me about this situation from the Bills perspective (well, two actually), and the first deals with Nix. He’s not fired yet, but the sign that things are unclear is the fact that Russ Brandon- not Nix- is the one setting up the head coaching interviews for Buffalo.
The other note that interests me is Dave Wannstedt. His defense in Buffalo has underperformed year-in and year-out, despite the fact that there is talent in the front seven and, especially, at the safety position. Horton is a much better defensive guru, and the disappointment caused during Wannstedt’s tenure as the Bills DC means that he should definitely be fired. The Bills need to clean house, and I think adding a strong offensive coordinator would benefit them. They could feasibly keep Wannstedt and basically have Horton control him, but we’ll see what Ralph Wilson’s plan is for the organization.
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