Arians can help Cutler
Los Angeles Times
Bruce Arians is the best choice for the Bears.
This is a team that has the franchise's best quarterback in the modern era in Jay Cutler, an elite receiver in Brandon Marshall, a running back who's making $8 million per year in Matt Forte, yet can't consistently generate an offense. Arians is the guy who can get the most out of Cutler, just as he did with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
The Bears want a power running game? That was Arians' philosophy in Pittsburgh — to varying levels of success — and what he had in Kansas City with Christian Okoye. And, unlike fellow Bears candidates Marc Trestman and Darrell Bevell, Arians has gotten it done as a head coach at the highest level. Chicago needs to do that deal.
Arians can inspire
Of all the Bears' known candidates, Bruce Arians always has required the shortest leap of faith.
A past that includes mentoring Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck bodes well for anybody enlisted to fix Jay Cutler. Two Super Bowl rings as a Steelers assistant suggests Arians understands how to beat playoff-caliber defenses with big plays and balance.
On Sept. 30, Chuck Pagano called to tell Arians he had leukemia and would miss most of the season. By the next morning, Arians stood in front of an emotionally frayed 1-2 Colts team as its interim head coach. Around Indianapolis, interim always will be synonymous with inspiring thanks to Arians.
Arians is a players' coach
The Bears should hire Bruce Arians, a proven leader and mentor of quarterbacks. Arians did an excellent job as the interim coach when Chuck Pagano was stricken with leukemia, leading the Colts to a playoff berth as they rebounded from a 2-14 season.
And Arians was outstanding in guiding rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, making him into a passer with a full repertoire of throws. Arians is a players' coach with strong motivational skills, something that should come in handy with mercurial quarterback Jay Cutler.
And the Colts seemed to miss him during an AFC wild-card loss to the Ravens when Arians was hospitalized with an inner-ear infection.
Arians has the pedigree
I like Bruce Arians as the choice for the Bears' next head coach. Let's face it, Arians, the Colts' offensive coordinator, has the pedigree. He has worked with some of the best young quarterbacks in the game, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger (in Pittsburgh) and now Andrew Luck.
That's the ideal NFL coach nowadays, someone with a proven track record of developing quarterbacks in this pass-crazy league.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman seem to be good candidates. They've done well working with quarterbacks too.
Arians, however, has done better.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times