Bruce Arians Leads the Race For Chargers New Head Coach?
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been reported to be the “top target” of the San Diego Chargers to fill their recently vacant position at head coach. The Chargers fired head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season.
Bruce Arians stepped in for Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano this season due to Pagano’s diagnosis and battle with cancer. Arians ceized the opportunity; leading the Colts to a 11-5 record and playoff birth in the AFC. And all this with a rookie quarterback in Andrew Luck.
Arians has also been talked about as a possible coach of the year candidate; and rightfully so.
The Chargers, in search of a new head coach, have Arians at the top of their wish-list. NFL.com was reporting rumors about UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jr. and the Chargers having a mutual interest but those have died down quickly. They also reported that Arians is the “top target” and are looking for someone who can work specifically with QB Philip Rivers.
This past season, Arians proved he is a top coach in the NFL. At this point, the Chargers’ head coaching search seems to be more of a formality. More than likely, Arians will be the first candidate interviewed, with a few others to follow, to comply with and complete the interview process. I would expect Bruce Arians to be the Chargers’ next head coach by the end of next week.
This is comforting news for keep and dynasty owners who have Philip Rivers and other San Diego offensive players on their fantasy rosters. Arians is an offensive guru and worked wonders with a rookie Andrew Luck this year, so the sky could be the limit for Rivers if Arians comes into town. San Diego already has a ton of talent on offense, but with the proper coaching, they could really take off in 2013.