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Rams Received Permission To Interview Ray Horton, Cardinals Defensive Coordinator

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The St. Louis Rams received permission to interview Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton.
The St. Louis Rams received permission to interview Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton.

The St. Louis Rams did not win any other their games against NFC West opponents. With the season over they may be interested in picking off a coaching candidate from one of their rivals. According to Adam Schefter, the Rams have received permission to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their head coaching vacancy.

Last season was Horton's first as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals. Prior to that he served as the defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh from 2007-2010. He was an assist defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh from 2004-2006. During his time there, Horton was part of a Steelers team that made three trips to the Super Bowl.

If the Rams hired Horton, he would be their second consecutive coach whose previous stops included a stint as a defensive coordinator and a defensive backs coach.

But here's the deal with Horton, who did some impressive work with an aging Cardinals defense, he does not fit with reports that Stan Kroenke wants to hire someone with experience, head coaching experience. Interviewing him would also put the Rams in compliance with the Rooney Rule.

Earlier in the week, the Rams expressed interest in Miami interim head coach Todd Bowles. There was no word whether or not they actually set up an interview or even got permission to interview him. Remember, the Rams and the Dophins are engaged in a bit of a competition for the services of Jeff Fisher, who is still Kroenke's top candidate.

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