CLEVELAND - Ray Horton's name has surfaced as one of numerous assistants on a list of coaches a special panel will recommend to fill head-coach openings in the NFL after the season ends.
The Browns defensive coordinator was a candidate for multiple openings during the last offseason while on the staff of the Arizona Cardinals. He interviewed for the Browns' vacancy, losing out to Rob Chudzinski.
Horton refused to comment at length about the report.
"Out of respect for (the) New York (Jets) and the Cleveland Browns, I think that's probably a question that should be broached at the end of the year," Horton said. "It has no bearing on anything. It doesn't help us prepare for New York."
Horton is popular among the defensive players. They like his aggressive mindset and his ability to communicate with them.
"The selfish part of me says I hope he's here," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "We've learned a ton from him from talks we've had with him from his experience in Pittsburgh and the way they did things all those years.
"If he had an opportunity to go somewhere, I'll be the first guy to support him. If not, then I'm glad he's with us. I want him here; I'll tell you that. I want him here for a long time."
IT WAS IMPORTANT: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner disputes anyone that thinks Josh Gordon's 43-yard touchdown reception against the Bears last week wasn't important. The score cut the Bears' lead to seven points. With one minute to play, there was still time to get the onside kick and drive for the tying touchdown.
Gordon downplayed the touchdown after the game, questioning whether there was a legitimate chance to win.
"It's amazing to me how people have short memories," Turner said. "We scored with the exact amount of time on the clock when New England scored against us. We had an opportunity to get an onside kick and score again. That was a meaningful play. I never take any of those for granted."
PASSING THE WORD: Jets coach Rex Ryan has been informed about the talents of Browns defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin by his twin brother Rob, formerly the Browns defensive coordinator. Rubin was pleased to hear that Rex spoke highly of his skills.
"That's a good compliment," Rubin said.
NOT MY JOB: Turner deferred conjecture about the possibility of not re-signing center Alex Mack to men in higher places within the organization.
"That's not my area," Turner said. "I think Alex is an outstanding player and he works awfully hard. He cares a great deal about it. He has a demanding job, particularly when you play three different quarterbacks. He has a lot of responsibility getting us into the right calls. He's awfully valuable."
INJURY REPORT: Browns receiver Davone Bess (non-injury) was added. Linebacker Eric Martin (illness) practiced after missing Wednesday's session.
Jackson, who was on the report Wednesday, was removed.
Safety Ed Reed (non-injury) was added for the Jets. Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) was limited after sitting out Wednesday's practice.