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Report Horton Was ‘Insulted’ Disputed; Coach for Now Staying with Titans

Just hours after it was initially reported by The Tennessean, Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton disputed the claim that he was ‘insulted’ with the Titans following the interview.

Tennessee hired back Mike Mularkey as coach Saturday, just hours after Horton chatted with the Titans about the job.

Here’s what the story said about the report that Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten claimed that Horton was ‘insulted.’

It seems the Fritz Pollard Alliance has overstepped its bounds when it comes to one of the NFL’s top minority coaches.

Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton has disputed comments from Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten, who told The Tennessean that Horton was “insulted” by the Titans not initially considering him an option for head coach.

Wooten is a former NFL player and front office executive who has been involved with the league for nearly a half century, and works with the league to promote minority hiring of coaches, executives and scouts.

Horton said Wooten is not authorized to speak on his behalf. Horton would not say whether he has shared his feelings with Wooten or whether he has asked for his release from the Titans to join the Browns as coach Hue Jackson’s defensive coordinator, as Wooten said.

The report said that Horton was ready to join Hue Jackson and the Browns as their new defensive coordinator. Now it is unclear if Horton will come to Cleveland or not.

If the Titans have their way, it appears they want to keep Horton on their current coaching staff. That’s bad news for Jackson and the Browns, who wanted him to come back to the team and coach the defense that he coached in 2013.

For now, it’s up in the air if that is going to happen.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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