Bruce Arians could be the San Diego Chargers next head coach

Bruce Arians San Diego Chargers

John Rieger-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers found their general manager in former Indianapolis Colts Director of Player Personnel Tom Telesco and their next head coach could be Indy’s offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

According to Kevin Patra of nfl.com, Arians is interested in becoming San Diego’s head coach.  Arians had a 9-3 record in 2012 when he took over for Chuck Pagano as head coach while Pagano battled leukemia.

Arians was quoted as saying “I would be interested now that Tommy’s there.  I think so much of the success that teams have are great relationships between general manager and head coach.”

He continued by saying “I have a great job in Indianapolis.  It’s going to have to be a perfect fit for me to leave what we have done here, and not just jump out to be a head coach.”

Arians was an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns from 2001-2003 and was an offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-2011.

Arians has a reputation for having a great relationship with quarterbacks which would go a long way in helping Philip Rivers get back to form as he has struggled at times over the last two seasons.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger said that a quarterback would love to work with Arians and was upset when Arians was replaced as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator before the 2012 season.

Pittsburgh made it to the Super Bowl twice with Arians as the offensive coordinator including the 2010 season when Big Ben missed four games.  Pittsburgh ranked 11th in the NFL in yards per play and 12th in points per game while Roethlisberger had 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in 12 games.

The success that Arians had in Pittsburgh and the success over a 12 game stretch in Indy may not mean anything, so only time will tell if Arians gets what he wants.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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