Bruce Arians named coach of the year

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Forced to take over control of the Indianapolis Colts mid-season as head coach Chuck Pagano was hospitalized with leukemia, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians took the helm and guided the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.

On Saturday, Arians was named NFL coach of the year.

While his friend and colleague was getting treatment for cancer, Arians managed to keep the Colts moving in the right direction. After just a two win season in 2011, the Colts won 11 games and made the playoffs.

Pagano finished second in the voting with 5.5 votes as Arians and Pagano split 42 of the 50 votes by an Associated Press panel of NFL writers. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll finished third (5) and Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frasier was fourth (3).

36 responses to “Bruce Arians named coach of the year

  1. This to me is a no-brainer, should’ve been unanimous. The job this guy did with an exponentially large distraction and leading the team to the playoffs is amazing. Glad he is getting a full time coaching job in Arizona.

    Also props to Pagano, guy stayed strong all year and was a huge emotional boost to the Colts.

  2. Can’t really argue with that, but I think Frasier deserves way more credit than what he’s getting.

  3. Arians did an outstanding job as emergency HC.

    Also, lets not forget how his team rallied ’round the cause this season. The Colts were behind their interim coach and behind their rookie QB.

    Amazing how far they took it this year. Applause all around for that franchise.

  4. I can’t agree with this selection. He beat one team with more then 7 wins(Houston), and got blown out by the Patriots, Jets, and beat by Houston in their other game against them. Many wins because Andrew Luck carried them late in games. I thought Leslie Frazier, Jim Harbaugh, and Pete Carroll all deserved it more in my opinion.

  5. allday2097 says:Feb 2, 2013 9:45 PM

    I can’t agree with this selection. He beat one team with more then 7 wins(Houston), and got blown out by the Patriots, Jets, and beat by Houston in their other game against them. Many wins because Andrew Luck carried them late in games. I thought Leslie Frazier, Jim Harbaugh, and Pete Carroll all deserved it more in my opinion.
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    You’re wrong. They beat 3 teams with more then 7 wins, Texans (12 wins), the Packers (11 wins) and the Vikings (10 wins)

  6. Congrats to Bruce Arians! Funny how getting fired as the Steelers’ OC has completely rivitalized his career.

  7. newenglandsports11 says:

    This to me is a no-brainer, should’ve been unanimous. The job this guy did with an exponentially large distraction and leading the team to the playoffs is amazing. Glad he is getting a full time coaching job in Arizona.

    Also props to Pagano, guy stayed strong all year and was a huge emotional boost to the Colts.
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    That’s unexpected graciousness from a Pats fan. Well said. I find myself in the rare position of agreeing with someone from your area.

  8. The Colts were in a tough situation here. Interim coach leads this young team to the playoffs. How do you not keep him? Yet though it’s a business, you can’t fire Pagano, they’d become as hated as the Patriots (almost).

  9. Arians is not a bad choice but he did have Luck too. I think Carroll or Jim Harbaugh because of their gutsy and bizarre QB decisions backed by their powerful impressive season.

  10. skinswillsurprise,

    Russ Wilson, a rookie QB, should be coach of the year? That would definitely be a first.

    Stallyns1,

    This award is not about game scores, it is about exceeding expectations. The Colts were a 2-12 team, starting a rookie QB and young WR/TE’s AND THEN, losing their head coach to cancer. Yet they made the playoffs, defeated a handful of playoff teams along the way, and played well in almost every game. Mostly, under the watch of Bruce Arians. Considering that this Colts team was picked to finish 3rd in their division by most analysts, this season definitely stands out more to me than what any other team has done this year.

  11. please use your noggin, there is no doubt this man did the best coaching job this year.
    he won 11 games when it was widely expected
    that Luck would have growing pains and the fact the HC coach goes down and Arian slides in and
    coaches his ass off with a bright eyed Luck shined and I’m no fan of horse shoe or Luck.

    good job coach.

    have to admit I agree with the awards distribution this year.

  12. Coach of the year (in football) and manager of the year (in baseball) should be called, “team that surprised me this year”. If you have a team that is supposed to do well, it doesn’t matter how good a job you do. You will not get a vote.

  13. Congrats to Bruce. Of course hes a product of the Steelers. But he did have Andrew luck, who I think is an awesome talent. Why don’t you really impress me and do that with Arizna next year! Point is sometimes the coaches get too much credit, and too much blame. He won’t make the cardinals good without a QB. We will all be bashing him next year when the cardinals are 7-9!

  14. No interim coach has ever won this award and no winner has changed teams prior to winning it. Congratulations coach and welcome to the Cards. Hope you can rally the troops in the desert!

  15. As a Colts fan, I am very happy for BA getting the HC job in AZ as he was a big part of the dream season of 2012. That being said, he did not deserve this award. A HC is responsible for the following. Putting a staff of assistants together, work with the GM to get the players who will make up the team, determining what the scheme of defense and offense will be for the year. All of this is Chuck Pagano’s doing. This was his boat and BA got to steer it until he came back. This award should have been issued as a co-coach of the year. Lets see how BA does after he his able to put his own team together.

  16. Fired in AZ in less than 3 years. Luck and the Colts excelled despite BA. There are 3 types of combos. A great QB who makes his teammates better and makes the coach look like a genius(Luck). A great coach who can make a QB better than he is(Jim Harbaugh), and a good QB who can make stuff happen and make up for deficiencies in other positions but isn’t quite good enough to make the coach look like a genius( Big Ben). This of course ignores the bad QB and or / coach combos.

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