BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Playing against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots typically is not a pleasant experience yet Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton can’t wait for Sunday.
“I’m excited. I love playing against him,” Horton said. “He presents a unique challenge, and I think I have stated many times I believe he is the best quarterback ever, the greatest draft pick ever. I just like going against him. He is a competitor, and you want to be measured against the best. It gives you a good indication of where you are.”
As a defensive coordinator, Horton is 1-2 against Bill Belichick and Brady.
Horton won with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 20-18 but lost with the Browns in 2013 27-26 and last season with the Titans 33-16.
“I like the challenge,” Horton said. “Let’s face it, you have to beat those guys to be considered one of the elite teams, and they are. For us, I welcome the challenge. He is showing up Saturday night, Sunday morning and I’m sure he will come running out the tunnel as they always do, and we will be there waiting for them.”
This year Horton’s defense is giving up an average of 28.8 points per game – ranked 27th – and are ranked 24th against the run (118.3 yards), 16th against the pass (259.8 yards) per game this season.
Taylor Made Fit – Since leapfrogging veteran Tramon Williams on the depth chart after training camp, cornerback Jamar Taylor, acquired in a trade on the last day of the draft in April, has fit in well with the Browns following a difficult 3 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
“It’s all the coaches, man,” Taylor told 92.3 The Fan. “They demand excellence out of us and that’s all I’m trying to do. I’ve been blessed to be in the right position when the plays come my way.”
Taylor already has 2 interceptions in 4 starts with the Browns after never recording one in 33 games – 9 starts – with Miami. Taylor also has 16 tackles – 14 solo – and 2 passes defensed.
Taylor didn’t want to reflect much on his time in Miami, but what is clear is that he feels at home and much more comfortable with the Browns.
“When you have people that believe in you, it can take you a long way,” Taylor said. “I’ve been blessed enough to be here. What happened in Miami happened. I grew from it and I learned a lot about the NFL. I’m happy with where I am at and am happy I have coaches that push me every day. They push me to be the best and I got my teammates to push me to be the best and they demand excellence out of me as well. It’s all love. They’re going to coach you up or curse you out but it’s all love.”
Injury Report – OUT: QB Josh McCown (shoulder), WR Corey Coleman (right hand), C Cam Erving (chest/lung), C Austin Reiter (knee), TE Seth DeVale (knee), TE Randall Telfer (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), DE Carl Nassib (hand), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder); LIKELY TO PLAY: CB Joe Haden (groin/thigh), WR Andrew Hawkins (calf)