Ok here is a hypothetical situation for you…You own a team that did terrible a season before you fire the coach and hire a new one in the off season. Now this season this new coach leads your team to the playoffs with a rookie being your star player…do you let this coach leave and go to a new team? Hell no you don’t. That is why if I am the owner of the Indianapolis Colts I am doing everything in my power to keep Bruce Arians as a part of my team. So whether that means paying him a ridiculous amount of money to stay as my offensive coordinator or to even replace Chuck Pagano as the head coach I am not letting him leave.
Yes I said it, and please believe I understand what I am saying.
- I am saying that the Colts should let go of a man who has just been through the toughest fight of his life.
- I am saying that the Colts should let go of a man that probably inspired an organization and a city unlike anything seen in sports since Tim Tebow made “The Speech” at Florida…(sorry had to go there, just a little pick me up for Tebow-Nation)
- I am also saying keep the man that actually coached the Colts to a winning record.
- Keep the man that led the Colts to a playoff berth.
- Keep the man who has coached up Andrew Luck aka THE FRANCHISE.
To be honest how good of a coach is Chuck Pagano. Do we really know? I can tell you that I know Bruce Arian is a great offensive mind. And from seeing what he did this year should probably be coach of the year. (Anyone notice the turmoil in Pittsburgh since he was replaced by Toddy Haley?) I also know that if you have a young QB, especially one that has had a rookie year like Andrew Luck, you want to keep certain things in place for that QB to grow.
We are not talking about a coach that has been there for 10 years heck even 2 to establish how he wants his team ran. We are talking about a guy that was hired in January and had to take a leave in September, three weeks into the season and the Colts looking like they would be getting another high draft pick at 1-2. What happened after that was all Bruce, and because of that he will be at the top of every team thats looking for a new coach this off season wish list.
Now I understand talking about firing a guy that is battling leukemia is probably not the the best PR move, hell if you watched him give that speech after their week 9 win over Miami and you didnt feel something you have no soul whatsoever. But at the end of the day we are talking about a business and in this business winning matters. Jim Irsay already had to make an unpopular decision of letting Peyton Manning go because everyone was unsure how he would comeback from his 4th back surgery. So he already has very recent experience in this situation.
The question Irsay has to answer is whether he wants to make the right PR decision and keep Pagano who could coach these colts for the next 10 years and be great or the right business decision and keep Bruce Arian who HAS coached these Colts with a rookie quarterback, who only won 2 games last year, and during difficult times this season to the playoffs. If this was your team what would you do?