One of the best feel-good stories of the 2012 season involved the Indianapolis Colts and how offensive coordinator Bruce Arians took over head coaching duties for Chuck Pagano–who was diagnosed with leukemia in September–at the beginning of the season. With a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck helping the Colts bounce back from a two-win 2011 season to a playoff berth this year, Arians received plenty of praise for what he accomplished–which is why it’s no surprise to see the coach land a gig with the Arizona Cardinals.
Arians will take over as head coach for the Cardinals next season now that Ken Whisenhunt is no longer around, but he’ll have quite the amount of work cut out for him as Arizona was one of the biggest disappointments last season. Expectations were high at the beginning of the year when the team started off with a 4-0 record, but they would go on to lose 11 of their final 12 games to finish 5-11 on the season.
With all of the struggles surrounding the quarterback position–it really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to see the Cardinals struggle as much as they did last season.
Arizona has numerous areas in need of improvement, but none more important than the quarterback position as they need someone reliable to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball in the passing game. He may not be Luck, but it should be interesting to see if Arians is capable of getting Kolb to play at the high level the Cardinals were hoping to see him at when they acquired him from the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.
Otherwise–Arians may end up regretting his decision and wish he stuck around Indianapolis for at least one more season.
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