View Full Version : Steelers Coach Ray Horton Defends Secondary's Performance

11-20-2010, 12:26 AM
Willie Gay's play has been outstanding? Really??
so I guess everytime we play a good QB we should expect to get shredded? :wft

Steelers Secondary Coach Ray Horton Talks Teamís Performance

November 19, 2010


Joe Starkey of Seibel and Starkey on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN sat down with Ray Horton for a one-on-one interview in which the main talking point was William Gayís play so far this year.

Horton defended his cornerback by saying he has had what might appear to be a rough stretch, but a lot of that has to do with the match-ups he has had to deal with.

One of those poor match-ups involved Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Ray said that Brady is the best Quarterback in the league out of all the Quarterbackís his secondary will face this year.

click on link below to hear all of Ray Horton's interview, I hope he doesn't actually believe all the stuff he's saying... :roll:

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11-20-2010, 01:30 AM
That's the dumbest interview ever, He made one good point about Brady being the best in the game and the first pass was a perfect throw, other than that it's all garbage.

11-20-2010, 01:40 AM
That's the dumbest interview ever, He made one good point about Brady being the best in the game and the first pass was a perfect throw, other than that it's all garbage.


Ray Horton needs to be shown the door at the end of this season, with him at the helm no wonder our pass defense ranks near the bottom of the league.

"We faced 3 very good slot WRs with 3 very good qbs." - yeah, we're not gonna face anything like that when we enter the playoffs... :moon

11-20-2010, 08:59 AM
Please fire this tool. Who does he make better? None of our young players are progressing under his watch. Heck Keenan Lewis may be worse.

11-20-2010, 09:21 AM
WTF, i still can't believe it. We have a bigger problem that i thougth. I hope this is not the standard that Tomlin talk so much about !

Mister Pittsburgh
11-20-2010, 09:37 AM
Holy crap. Our team is in total disarray. Maybe Horton should sit down with Arians and teach him about matchups. I mean a totally good cornerback in his secondary was exposed due to matchup problems. Yet we face a secondary of first and second year players, and we struggle to move the ball at all until they go prevent.

Pathetic coaching is eating the very core of what the Steelers supposedly stand for, drafting & DEVELOPING thier own players.

11-20-2010, 09:55 AM
-----Horton defended his cornerback by saying he has had what might appear to be a rough stretch, but a lot of that has to do with the match-ups he has had to deal with----

Not sure how you call 2 years a rough stretch. As bad as Gay is right now, i think we have coaches just as bad (Maybe worst)

Talk about being in denial!!!

11-20-2010, 10:44 AM
Horton should have been fired after last year but wasn't!!! That is on my boy Tomlin!!! I still don't understand how this guy still has a job within the organization. If this trend continues I say fire him now and Tomlin can watch over the secondary the rest of the season!!! Geez.....would that actually help???? Scary!!!

11-20-2010, 02:14 PM
our defensive secondary has allowed 272.6 passing yards per game since Oct. 17, sixth most in the league.

yet Ray Horton doesn't think we have a problem other than we have been playing against a lot of good QBs and slot receivers? not to mention that he sounded like an arrogant, defiant pr!ck, stating that us fans don't know what the hell we're talking about and we're just a bunch of bandwagon jumpers...

can't wait until the day you get fired Ray!

11-21-2010, 02:06 AM
Starkey: Big day for Gay, Steelers 'D'

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The fear is palpable, the paranoia plain to see. Steelers fans are so afraid of another late-season meltdown that they have begun to hear things.

Some are convinced that coach Mike Tomlin, after the embarrassing loss to New England, actually said, "We will unleash hell here in November."

Others believe that nickel back William Gay, not kicker Jeff Reed, should have been fired Tuesday.

Those people are delusional. Gay is coming off a horrible game but is having an adequate season. How easily folks forget the big plays he made against Tampa Bay and Baltimore. Not that his performance Sunday was acceptable. A repeat, or even some early struggles today, would give the coaches reason to turn to Keenan Lewis.

But that's not the way I see this day unfolding. I expect Gay and the Steelers' defense to respond in redemptive fashion against the Oakland Raiders. Injuries or not, there is simply too much talent, too much experience and too much pride to let the season slip away on account of shoddy defense.

I'd be way more worried about an offense that has yet to carry the team for a significant stretch and will face a destructive Raiders front today.

Ideally, the Steelers will defend tailback Darren McFadden as strongly as secondary coach Ray Horton defended Gay on Friday, when I presented the news that talk-show lines were lighting up like pinball machines in criticism of the fourth-year cornerback.

Has Gay's play slipped?

"Absolutely not," Horton said. "Up until the last game, he's been fine."

Horton was quick to admit that New England "took us to the woodshed," but he also pointed out the obvious: Tom Brady is pretty good. Horton called him "the best quarterback in the NFL, hands down." Go back and watch the first touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. As Horton put it, "perfect coverage, perfect throw, perfect catch."

"They get paid, too, is one of our mantras here," Horton said, speaking of opposing offenses. "They're going to make plays."

Be sure of this: When Horton hears a boo, he doesn't appreciate it. He is willing to accept legitimate criticism but adamantly rejects the notion that Steelers corners give too much cushion and thus surrender too many easy passes.

That is a popular fan complaint.

"Good," Horton said. "If they want to come down and coach, let them. What we're trying to do is win games. It's the fans' right to have interpretations. They pay our bills. I understand that. I don't know how to explain it other than, statistically, we've been the top defense the last seven years. Year-in, year-out, we've been a two-three-four-five defense."

This year, after a great start, the Steelers have slipped to ninth in yards allowed per game, though they are fifth in the most important stat: points allowed.

Still, something is amiss. When the unit is at its stifling best, opposing passer ratings often read like grade-point averages. Not so in the past six games, as evidenced by the ratings of Joe Flacco (82.7), Colt McCoy (80.5), Chad Henne (94.3), Brees (101.0), Carson Palmer (88.7) and Brady (117.4).

Gay rates his recent play as "fair." He senses the criticism and accepts that his position is highly scrutinized.

"If you're not strong for this game," he said, "you don't need to be in it." In another corner of the locker room, veteran linebacker James Farrior said mental errors were keeping the Steelers from being the team they think they are.

Which is what?

"A top-quality team," Farrior said. "I think we're a great defense when we're doing our job and everybody's playing the position they're supposed to be playing ó and I think we have an opportunity we don't want to miss with this season."

There is no dominant team in the NFL, that's for sure. Anyone who reaches the playoffs could wind up throwing a parade. Call me delusional, but I still include the Steelers in that group, and I think you'll see why today.

At least on defense.

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