Ugh please no. Just because Arians is winning against arguably the worst teams the NFL has to offer does not mean he's a worthy head coaching candidate.
It's not just that the Colts have been winning by slim margins; it's that they've been beating bad football teams by those slim margins. Look over the vanquished foes on that 7-1 stretch. It's a list that includes the Bills, Browns, Dolphins, Jaguars, Lions, and a pair of victories over the Titans. Indy's beating up on the league's poor, huddled masses! Those teams are a combined 24-46 in games that don't involve the Colts. They're awful. Indy's played four games against teams who are over .500, and in those games, they're 2-2 with the wins (over Green Bay and Minnesota) coming by a combined six points. They were outscored in the losses by 55 points.In all, pro-football-reference.com calculates that Indy's played the league's easiest schedule this year.
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So I posed that question to a league GM and asked what he thought, and what he thought is that he'd be interested in talking to Arians but probably wouldn't hire him.
He mentioned his age. Arians is 60. He mentioned his history, pointing out that Arians never was a "hot" candidate for head-coaching vacancies before. He mentioned that he sees him more as a capable assistant instead of a head coach. And he mentioned the situation Arians finds himself in now.
"That's Chuck Pagano's team," he said. "Everything was in place when Bruce took over, and he's steering it. Don't get me wrong. He's done a great job. But he's done a great job as a pinch-hitter, not as a full-time head coach. That said, he definitely deserves a chance to be interviewed."
We already hired the guy that was considered a capable, hell, a GREAT assistant, and a lotta good that's done us.