CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is not going anywhere, not according to coach Hue Jackson.
The coordinator of a struggling Browns defense, Horton is not in danger of losing his job, despite a 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium that dropped the team to 0-9 on the year and extended a franchise-worst 12-game losing streak dating back to last December.
“No, and I say that with no question,” Jackson said when asked about Horton being in danger. “I don’t want to continue to get into those kind of things, and that is probably the last question I will probably take on any of our staff members about their job because it is not about that at all in my opinion.”
Although the Browns were close in four of their losses, they have surrendered 28 or more points in five straight games, and at least 31 points in four of the last five outings, including three consecutive contests.
Defensively, the Browns rank near the bottom of the league in key statistical categories. They have surrendered an average of 30.3 points (31st), 421.7 yards (31st) and 146.4 rushing yards (31st) through the first nine games of the season.
“Ray is always searching for ways to do things differently and creatively,” Jackson said. “We understand that he has a lot of young guys over there, and sometimes, those things as you try them, they just do not work out the way you want them to. I am not going to tell you guys that Ray has not tried to be creative because I know, without question, that he has, but sometimes, that does not bring success.
“Sometimes, that can hurt you. I know everybody is concerned about the defense and what they are doing, but our staff is working extremely hard and the best they can. We are not getting the results that any of us want, and we are not going to run from that. We know things need to get better, but at the same time, I know that these guys are doing everything they can to try to help the players and try to put them in better situations.”
Following the loss to the Cowboys, Jackson said his staff needed to focus on coaching up the players to be in better positions to make plays when they presented themselves during games. But according to Jackson, that is not an indictment on Horton.
“The first thing we have to do is go back and make sure that we are putting everybody in the right [position], giving our players the best opportunity to be successful,” Jackson said. “That is what I meant by that. Let’s go back and look at our game plans, how we did and what we asked them to do, how we practiced it during the week and did we put them in the right situations?”