The end of the regular season is less than a day old, and already Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton has become one of the league’s hottest commodities.The interest makes plenty of sense, after all, Arizona’s defense under Horton in 2012 was near the top of the league in passing defense and turnovers forced.Seven NFL teams on “Black Monday” fired their respective head coaches, including the Arizona Cardinals, and Horton’s name has been linked to several of them. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Monday night, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted this about Horton’s potential suitors:Cards defensive coordinator Ray Horton will interview with the Bills, Browns and, well, the Cards. 3 teams so far— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013 Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Bills have a connection to Horton, in that Director of Pro Personnel Doug Whaley spent considerable time with him in Pittsburgh. While the Browns have no direct ties to Arizona’s defensive coordinator, Horton proved he can help shut down AFC North offenses as an assistant defensive coordinator to Dick LeBeau with the Steelers.He also has NFL experience in the division, as he spent six seasons as a cornerback with the Cincinnati Bengals (1983-1988). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
For the fifth consecutive year, the Commonwealth Fund listed the U.S. last in a ranking of health systems of Western industrialized nations. The rankings looked at quality, outcomes and efficiency.The Washington Post: Once Again, U.S. Has Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System In SurveyA report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization. Not only did the U.S. fail to move up between 2004 and 2014 — as other nations did with concerted effort and significant reforms — it also has maintained this dubious distinction while spending far more per capita ($8,508) on health care than Norway ($5,669), which has the second most expensive system (Bernstein, 6/16).Politico Pro: U.S. Ranks Last On International Health ScorecardThe United States finished last on the Commonwealth Fund’s international ranking of industrialized health systems for the fifth consecutive time. But the report’s authors are optimistic that next time around, the Affordable Care Act will help boost America in the rankings. That lackluster performance comes even though the U.S. spends $8,508 per person in 2011, thousands more than the top-ranked country, the United Kingdom, which spent just $3,406 per person. The other countries included in the 2014 update of “Mirror Mirror On The Wall: How The Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally,” are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (Villacorta, 6/16). U.S. Ranked Last On Scorecard Of Health Care Systems This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.