I’ll say this: I’d be marginally surprised if Bruce Arians in not an NFL head coach in 2013.
The Colts don’t want him going anywhere, mind you, and they’ll do everything they can to woo him into staying. But I have a hard time imagining a 60 year-old Arians passing up on one of only 32 high-profile jobs in the NFL world.
That, of course, is assuming he’s offered one of those currently available.
Before Arians took the job as offensive coordinator with the Colts, he’d actually made the decision to retire from coaching. Now, finally getting his shot at what Arians once called “a dream,” it’s not likely that he’ll be thinking retirement.
Arians led the Indianapolis Colts as interim head coach this season while Chuck Pagano battled, and has now come back from, leukemia. Under Arians direction, the Colts went 9-3 in what was expected by some to be a throw-away, rebuilding season; even with Andrew Luck at quarterback.
The Bears cannot interview Arains this week, per League rule, as he and the Colts prepare for a playoff contest against the Baltimore Ravens. But reports have surfaced that he will indeed interview next week.
An NFL assistant for 20 years, Arians is known for helping to develop quarterbacks the likes of Peyton Manning, Tim Couch, Ben Roethlisberger and now Andrew Luck. Sprinkling a little of that Arians’ magic QB dust on Chicago’s own Jay Cutler has some fan understandably giddy at the prospect.
The player testimonials regarding Arians are endless, but ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson tweeted out some really great stuff from the Bears’ own Matt Spaeth yesterday, who played under Arians in Pittsburg. I’ll add a couple below, but I suggest you check out his timeline for some fantastic info.