Bruce Arians does seem like an attractive option.
If the Kansas City Chiefs part ways with Romeo Crennel after the season, Arians should be considered for the Kansas City Chiefs head coaching job. One of my top priorities with a potential head coach, with the No. 1 pick coming up, is someone who has experience working with and developing quarterbacks.
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi says of Arians: "What Bruce has been able to do, which is keep the level of play high for the Indianapolis Colts, develop the offense like he did - remarkable job," Lombardi said. "If you're a prospective general manager in the league and you can see what Bruce Arians did in his time there, you see him act as the head coach, but behave like the offensive coordinator."
Leadership is an important part of being a coach. It's a big part of the reason Romeo Crennel was hired (whoops!). Arians displayed plenty of it this season with Pagano out due to cancer.
A few other reasons I've been thinking about Arians lately:
- He's an offensive guy, holding three NFL offensive coordinator jobs in his career
- Has worked with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger
- Previously worked in Kansas City as running backs coach from 1989-1992.
- This would be his first head coaching job, which means the fire would be there
The NFL is such a relationship game, though. I don't know who Arians knows because that will matter if/when the new GM is hired. I also wonder why the Steelers didn't bring him back just last year.
I gotta admit, the more I read about him, the more I like it.
What do you think of Arians as a head coaching candidate?