One of the best feel-good stories of the 2012 season was the Indianapolis Colts and how they overcame all odds to bounce back from a two-win season in 2011 to an 11-5 record this year along with a playoff berth. Along with having an unbelievable rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck, one of the main reasons why the Colts were so successful was due to the fact that Bruce Arians filled in for Chuck Pagano while he was undergoing treatment for leukemia.
As much of a loss as this would be for Indianapolis, there’s a chance Arians will part ways with the team if he ends up taking the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals, but there’s no question the assistant has earned the right to be coaching his own squad next season.
Nobody could have predicted the Colts to dominate teams the way they did in 2012 considering many believed the drafting of Luck meant the team was still another year or two away from being placed in the category of being elite. Thanks to Arians, this team moved well ahead of schedule and has a bright future ahead of them–even if there offensive coordinator is no longer with them.
If Arians does end up landing the coaching gig in Arizona, it would be interesting to see if he could turn things around as quickly as he did with Indianapolis this past season–even though Kevin Kolb is nowhere close to the playing level Luck is at.
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