Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton expressed disappointment Tuesday over getting bypassed for three head coaching jobs, but said he didn't believe race played a role in the decision-making process.

No minority candidates were hired for the NFL's eight head-coaching vacancies and the seven top front-office openings this month. The shutout prompted a group promoting NFL minority hires to lobby the league to expand its interview process.

But during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Horton downplayed the issue when asked about it.

"I wasn't disappointed at all for minorities," said Horton, who is black. "I was disappointed for Ray Horton. I can't speak for anybody, but myself. That's another label and I'm not one to put labels on people."