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Updated Nov 29, 2012 - 4:30 pm

ESPN insider expects Ray Horton to get head coaching interviews

Most of us expect Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton to interview for some head coach jobs in the offseason.

Horton has helped transform one of the league's worst defenses into one of its best over the last two seasons, and a feat like that is not likely to go unrecognized or unrewarded.

There is some thought that perhaps the Cardinals, should they decide to part ways with Ken Whisenhunt, may look to promote the second-year coordinator.

If Whisenhunt stays, though, given the fact that Horton interviewed with the St. Louis Rams for their top job before the team chose Jeff Fisher, it stands to reason his name will be brought up when other openings arise.

"I think he can get one or two interviews, which I think is merited," ESPN NFL insider John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Thursday. "I don't necessarily know if he's, at this stage, ready to get a head coaching job."

Clayton noted how all kinds of assistants can make the jump to the head job, whether they be offensive coordinators, defensive coordinators or even special teams coaches.

"Clearly he's put himself in a position to get the interview," Clayton said. "Ray will go and use those interviews as a good education so that he can gear himself and be ready.

"I still remember talking to a lot of young coaches and the big thing is OK, it's nice to get a job, but it's better to get a job when you're ready to be the head coach."

Clayton said Horton has learned very fast, as he was a position coach as recently as two years ago.

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