CHRIS HORTON is in his fifth season leading the Ravens' exceptional special teams group. Since joining the team in 2014, Horton has helped Baltimore's units perform at the highest level over the last several seasons. Prior to coaching, Horton played safety for three NFL seasons with Washington (2008-10) after being selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
- In Football Outsiders' annual special teams DVOA ratings, a metric for analyzing each play against NFL averages based on several variables, Baltimore has finished in the Top 10 each year since 2012, with nine Top 5 finishes, eight Top 3 finishes and the No. 1-overall spot four times...Since 2015, when Horton joined the special teams staff, the unit has posted six Top 5 marks and five Top 3 marks, with three No. 1 overall marks...Baltimore's special teams finished ninth in Horton's first year leading the group (2019) and has posted a Top 3 mark each season since, with a No. 3 ranking in 2022, No. 1 ranking in 2021 and No. 2 ranking in 2020.
- In 2022, Baltimore's special teams ranked No. 3 in Football Outsiders' DVOA rating...K Justin Tucker scored a single-season career-high 142 points and made an NFL-high 37 FGs, en route to his sixth-career Pro Bowl...WR Devin Duvernay, who was selected as the AFC Pro Bowl return specialist, posted a 103-yard KOR-TD in Week 2 vs. Mia...It marked the first time in franchise history that Baltimore returned the game's opening kickoff for a TD...LS Nick Moore was also named an AP second-team All-Pro
- In 2021, Baltimore's special teams ranked No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings...K Justin Tucker, connected on 35-of-37 FGAs, including an NFL-record 66-yard game winner at Detroit, en route to his fifth Pro Bowl honor.
- RS Devin Duvernay earned first-team All-Pro honors and his first Pro Bowl nod in 2021 after finishing No. 1 in the NFL in PR average (13.8) and No. 7 in KOR average (24.1)...He led all NFL players with 6 PRs of 20-plus yards.
- In 2020, Tucker connected on 26-of-29 FGAs, en route to earning his fourth Pro Bowl...Tucker scored more than 130 points in his fifth-straight season (2016-20), tying an NFL record for consecutive seasons with 130-plus points (Stephen Gostkowski, 2011-15, & David Akers, 2008-12).
2014-22: (with Baltimore) 2022: Baltimore's special teams ranked No. 3 in Football Outsiders' DVOA rating...K Justin Tucker scored a single-season career-high 142 points and made an NFL-high 37 FGs, en route to his sixth-career Pro Bowl...WR Devin Duvernay, selected as the AFC Pro Bowl return specialist, posted a 103-yard KOR-TD in Week 2 vs. Mia....It marked the first time in franchise history that Baltimore returned the game's opening kickoff for a TD...LS Nick Moore was also named an AP second-team All-Pro. 2021: Baltimore's special teams ranked No. 1 in Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings...Tucker earned his fifth Pro Bowl honor, led the league in FG% (94.6) and connected on an NFL-record 66-yard game-winner at Detroit...He was a perfect 6-for-6 on FGAs of 50+ yards...Duvernay earned first-team All-Pro honors and his first Pro Bowl nod after finishing No. 1 in the NFL in PR average (13.8) and No. 7 in KOR average (24.1)...He led all NFL players with 6 PRs gaining 20-plus yards. 2020: Tucker earned his fourth Pro Bowl after connecting on 26-of-29 FGAs, including a 55-yard game-winner at Cleveland...Rookie Duvernay returned a kickoff 93 yards for a TD, marking 1 of only 7 KOR-TDs during the 2020 NFL season...Duvernay became the fifth Ravens rookie and the youngest Raven (23 years, 16 days) in franchise history to register a KOR-TD...Baltimore's 26.7 KOR average ranked as the NFL's second-best mark in 2020...P Sam Koch was the NFL's only punter to have at least 20 punts downed inside the 20 (22) with no more than 1 TB...LS Morgan Cox was named first-team All-Pro and earned his fourth Pro Bowl...Rookie WR James Proche II returned 23 punts for 198 yards (8.6 avg.), earning PFWA All-Rookie special teams honors. 2019: Ravens recorded a franchise-best 14-2 record en route to their second-straight AFC North title...Tucker earned first-team All-Pro honors and his third Pro Bowl nod after converting 28-of-29 FGAs (96.6%) and scoring 141 points for the fourth-straight season. 2018: Tucker made 35-of-39 FGAs (his misses were from 53 and 65 yards, and he had 2 kicks blocked). 2017: Football Outsiders tabbed Baltimore's special teams as the NFL's No. 1 overall unit...Ravens ranked No. 1 in KOR average (27.5), No. 5 in PR average (10.1) and No. 1 in opponent KOR average (18.6)...P Sam Koch posted NFL bests in both punts inside the 10 (16) and 20 (40). 2016: Tucker and LS Morgan Cox each earned their second Pro Bowl honors...Baltimore had an NFL-high 4 (tied, Mia.) blocked kicks. 2015: Horton worked as a staff assistant alongside Jerry Rosburg with the Ravens' special teams...Baltimore was third in the NFL in punt return average (11.3), while allowing the second-fewest yards per punt return (5.0)...P Sam Koch and LS Morgan Cox each earned their first Pro Bowls...Ravens blocked a kick (2 PATs, 2 FGs and 1 punt) in five-straight contests, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1983 (Atlanta Falcons)...The 5 blocked kicks tied (Oak.) for most in 2015. 2014: Worked primarily with the Ravens' OLBs...Baltimore racked up the NFL's second-most sacks (49, tied with Philly)...OLB Elvis Dumervil (a franchise-record 17 sacks) and OLB Terrell Suggs (12) combined to produce the most sacks (29) among NFL duos.
2012-13: (with UCLA) 2013: Bruins earned a 10-3 record and defeated Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl, 42-12. 2012: Joined his alma mater as a quality control coach, assisting with both the defense and special teams under head coach Jim Mora Jr.
2013: (with Seattle) Spent training camp as a coaching intern.
NFL PLAYER (2008-10): Played three NFL seasons after being drafted in the seventh round by Washington in 2008...As a rookie, Horton earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his Week 2 performance vs. New Orleans when he had 2 INTs and 1 fumble recovery in a 29-24 victory over the Saints...Also earned NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month (September) honors...Played in 29 career NFL games, but was hampered by injuries in his final three seasons, eventually concluding his playing career after a training camp stint with the New York Giants in 2012.
COLLEGE: Earned a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA...Played safety for the Bruins, earning The Sporting News first-team All-America (2007), first-team All-Pac-10 (2007) and second-team All-Pac-10 honors (2006).
PERSONAL: In 2022, joined more than 60 coaches and front office personnel participating in the NFL's inaugural Coach and Front Office Accelerator program...Earned three varsity letters in football at De La Salle (New Orleans, LA) HS...Chris was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame on March 15, 2014...He and his wife, Jackie, have three daughters, Kristina (9), Khloe (7) and Kallie (1), and a son, Kaden (5).
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