Ray Horton brings to Cleveland a unique view of the football world, one perhaps best enjoyed from the cockpit of a single-engine plane cruising 3,000 feet above the ground.

Two years ago, as many assistant coaches spent part of the NFL lockout honing their golf games, the Browns' new defensive coordinator fulfilled a long-time goal of pursuing a pilot’s license. For a 52-year-old coach who’s built a reputation on applying pressure, he has an uncommon way of relieving it.

“It’s not like in a car where you are on the ground,” Horton said. “It’s just you, you’re in the air and defying the laws of gravity. It’s the most calming thing I’ve ever done and it’s probably my biggest accomplishment.”

What the Browns are getting in Horton is more than a coordinator who will blitz the quarterback and transform them into a 3-4 defense. He is an eclectic NFL lifer – one with 31 years of experience as a player and coach – who’s not afraid to embrace change and step outside of ordinary.