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Browns’ Horton addresses the Rooney Rule

By Pat McManamon

New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton had some interesting thoughts on the interview process that saw 15 NFL openings filled by white candidates.

A league that has made a serious effort to promote minority hiring did not see one minority hired for a coach or General Manager opening. That drew some serious criticism nationally, but not from Horton, who accepted the decisions of teams.

“I wasn’t disappointed at all for minorities,” he said. “I was disappointed for Ray Horton.”

Horton interviewed with the Browns and Cardinals, but he would not say the league failed because the process allowed him to present himself to different owners. He said this offseason teams simply seemed interested in hiring offensive-minded coaches.

“It’s important to go through the process,” he said, “and most importantly respect the process.”

He said the Rooney Rule that mandates minority candidates be interviewed worked because each owner wanted to hire “the best coach for their team.”

“From that standpoint I respect the process,” Horton said. “Because they hired the guy they thought would them to victory.”

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