Arians out of hospital, on track to interview with Bears


Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been hospitalized twice in the past week with an apparent inner-ear infection, once in Baltimore (he missed Sunday’s playoff game) and again in Indianapolis after returning with the team.

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, Arians is now out of the hospital again and gearing up for a Sunday interview with the Bears to become the successor to Lovie Smith.

I’m home and I’m doing fine,” Arians said, via Chappell.  “I’m ready to roll.”

In addition to the interview with the Bears, the Eagles, Browns, and Chargers also are interested.

“I have to listen,” Arians told Chappell.  “I never thought this would happen.  I have a great job, so it’s going to have to be a perfect fit for me to leave. . . .  It would be hard to leave . . . [but] you always want to win one of these Super Bowls on your own.”

Regardless of what happens, it’s been an amazing year for Arians.  The Steelers let him go after the 2011 season, claiming he had retired.  But Arians then resurfaced in Indy, and he spent three months as the interim head coach after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.

We should all have such uneventful retirements.