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Cowboys Defensive Coordinator: Ray Horton A Possibility

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The current Pittsburgh Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton has emerged as a candidate for the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator position according to the Dallas Morning News, which cites the infamous "NFL source."

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Horton played 10 years in the NFL, including a four-season stint (1989-92) with the Cowboys. He has been an NFL assistant coach for 17 years, including the last seven years with the Steelers. Horton worked for well-regarded defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau with Cincinnati and re-joined him with the Steelers in 2004.

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The Steelers secondary has been pretty good this year, holding opponents to 214 yards per game passing. The Pittsburgh defense, of course, ranks first against the run.

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Since the Steelers are still in the playoffs, Dallas cannot formally interview Horton for the position.

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As the Dallas Morning News says, other candidates include Vic Fangio, Greg Manusky and Paul Pasqualoni. Hopefully Garrett and the Cowboys make a decision quickly so they can move on cohesively with an offseason personnel plan.

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