Bruce Arians was the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 2012 for the job he did with the Indianapolis Colts.
Filling in for an ailing Chuck Pagano as the interim coach, Arians helped lead a team that won just two games in 2011 to 11 wins and a playoff berth in 2012.
Now the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach, Arians has been ranked by CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco as the 20th-best head coach in the NFL.
He is a well-respected offensive mind who did a heck of a job when he took over as the interim coach of the Colts last year after Pagano got sick. Arians did a great job running the Steelers offense a few years ago, but somehow was let go. I think he can have some success in Arizona.
Arians is the highest-ranked of first-year head coaches, but last among NFC West bosses. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh is eighth, St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher is 11th and Seattle’s Pete Carroll is 15th.