Bruce Arians received one whale of a birthday present this week, as the Colts offensive coordinator became their interim head coach in the wake of Chuck Pagano’s leukemia diagnosis. While Pagano’s form of leukemia is treatable, he will be hospitalized for at least six to eight weeks, and has stated that he will probably be unable to coach the rest of the season.
Arians, who will turn 60 this Wednesday, has previously been the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and as WR coach and OC of Pittsburgh won rings for Super Bowls XL and XLIII. This week it was revealed that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was still using some of Arians’ old plays in the no-huddle offense. It was only about a week after Arians retired from the Steelers that he became the Colts’ OC.