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By PFW staff

The Cardinals have announced former Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton as their new defensive coordinator.

Horton had been the target of Arizona for some time, but they needed to wait for Pittsburgh to end its playoff run to formally interview and offer the job to him. The coach has 17 years of NFL experience, which followed 10 seasons in the league as a player. He coached alongside Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt when Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh from 2004-06.

Arizona has had trouble finding a good leader for its defense, as Horton is the third defensive coordinator the team has had since 2008. Horton replaces the fired Billy Davis and is expected to continue running the 3-4 defense that the Cardinals have used the past few seasons.

The way we see it

In 2010, the Cardinals had one of the worst defenses in the league, ranking 29th in yards per game and 30th in points per game. Horton will hopefully bring some of the toughness that were trademarks of the units he helped coach in Pittsburgh.

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