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Arians at top of list for head coaching job?


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Love him or hate him. Bruce Arians went from retired one week to possibly running a franchise a year later.

The former Steelers offensive coordinator announced his retirement (forced to resign) last year just to be hired for the same job in Indianapolis a week later.

Now, for the past six weeks, Arians has filled in for Chuck Pagano as Indianapolis’ interim coach and has helped the Colts to a 4-1 record during a very trying time. Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in late September.

Arians left the Steelers because of his, for a lack of better words, lack of leadership especially when it came to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The stigma has all been erased now.

Arians has showed that he can lead a very young and impressionable team with a rookie quarterback to victories during tough times.

And for that, Arians very well could be a head coach somewhere next year, and it would be warranted.

Sure, he might have his detractors in Pittsburgh, but you can’t deny his coaching ability especially when it comes to quarterbacks.

He’s helped along Peyton Manning, then Roethlisberger and now Andrew Luck over his career.

Arians has always wanted to be a head coach. He was the youngest head coach in the nation when he was hired after the 1982 season by Temple, but that didn’t turn out very well going 21-45.

But what he has done so far in Indianapolis will go a long way for him getting another chance more than 25 years later.

Good for him.

Just because he wore out his welcome with the Steelers doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve another chance.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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