The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

November 15, 2012

Arians in odd position



Arians was the perfect choice to help develop and nurture the talents of Indianapolis' No. 1 pick, quarterback Andrew Luck. And, as things have worked themselves out over the last month and a half, he has proven to be the right man for the job in taking over for Pagano.
Indianapolis goes into this afternoon's road game with the New England Patriots owning a somewhat surprising 6-3 won-loss record. Five of those victories have come after Arians assumed the mantle of interim coach.
Luck, for his part, isn't surprised at how well his position coach has handled the dual roles of head coach and offensive coordinator.
"Yeah, it’s, I guess, an unprecedented situation. But I think the guys have handled it very well. Coach Arians has done a great job. Most importantly, Chuck [Pagano] built a great foundation and I think everybody realizes what his vision was and it’s easy to buy into that," the Colts' first-year signal caller said late last week.  
"I think Coach Arians has a great feel for what the next steps are and obviously Chuck’s still very heavily involved through text messages and phone calls and all that. I think it’s easy when you have a good plan. It’s easy for us players to buy in."
The team's success on the field has come, in some measure, to the Colts bonding together as a group quicker than most would have anticipated. Especially with a rebuilt roster, a new coaching staff, and a new general manager [Ryan Grigson].
Throw in the uncertainty of Pagano's illness and questions over when he return to the sidelines, it's made Arians' job that much tougher.
"I think when football teams bond together and put egos aside, some call it chemistry, teams that go to the Super Bowl, honest to God care about each other. Offense, defense, special teams, there are no egos on who’s getting the credit. This team found a purpose. Unfortunately because our coach got sick and that’s a shame," he said last week.

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