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    Cowboys Interview Longtime NFL Assistant Ray Horton for Position
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    Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Cowboys interviewed former NFL defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Thursday, but did not offer him a job, according to two sources.

    A source said the Cowboys are expected to interview former Oakland defensive coordinator John Pagano on Friday.

    Horton met with coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. They watched video of the Cowboys’ defense and discussed philosophy. They did not discuss what position group he would coach.

    Horton, who played for the Cowboys from 1989-92, was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator in 2016. He spent last year out of football.

    He also served as defensive coordinator for Tennessee (2014-15), Cleveland (2013) and Arizona (2011-12). He spent the first 15 years of his career as a secondary coach for Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

    Pagano has spent the bulk of his career coaching linebackers with the San Diego Chargers. He spent 2002-2016 with the Chargers, including 2012-16 as their defensive coordinator. He was Oakland’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator last season.

    He could replace linebackers coach/passing game defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who’s expected to join Josh McDaniels, when he reportedly accepts the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job.

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