Bruce Arians could end up as the NFL's coach of the year even though he technically wasn't really a head coach. Although if he does win the award, Arians will be an official head coach, just not of the team he was coaching when he may or may not have earned the honor.
Bruce Arians was announced Thursday night as the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. This season he served as offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts but also filled in as interim head coach while his boss, Chuck Pagano, underwent treatment for leukemia.
During that emotional stretch, Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record and a wild-card playoff berth -- not bad for a team that went 2-14 the previous year and was playing with a rookie quarterback.
“It has been an unbelievable 12 months for me, personally,” said Arians, who also missed the Colts' playoff loss because he was hospitalized on game day with what has been described as an inner-ear infection.