Cowboys tried to hire Cardinals assistant

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
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IRVING, Texas -- When Ray Horton was the secondary coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season numerous teams wanted his services, including the Cowboys.

The Cowboys wanted to hire Horton for the same position, and he was open to joining them unless a better opportunity presented itself.

The Arizona Cardinals hired Horton as their defensive coordinator following Super Bowl XLV.

"We were in the process of trying to hire [a defensive coordinator]," Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "and I wanted to talk to those guys in Pittsburgh and they were all the way at the end of the Super Bowl so it was kind of of dicey having to wait. But I felt pretty good because I had coached a number of years with Ray in Pittsburgh and felt like we had a good relationship. So when we had the opportunity I was certainly glad to get him."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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