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Bruce Arians Named 2012 AP Coach of the Year

February 3rd, 2013 at 6:37 AM
By Steve Smith

'University of Phoenix Stadium' photo (c) 2009, Dyanna Hyde - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Was there ever any doubt the Cardinals made a great choice for their new head coach?

Bruce Arians was named as the 2012 Associated Press Coach of the Year at the NFL Honors ceremony in New Orleans last night for his outstanding work with the Indianapolis Colts last season. It was a honor that was well deserved.

Arians captured the award for guiding the Colts to a 9-3 record as Indianapolis' interim head coach last season. The Paterson, NJ native stepped in when head coach Chuck Pagano had toeave leave the team to undergo treatment for leukemia.

The voting was not even close – Arians was the overwhelming choice with 36.5 votes, followed by Pagano (5.5), Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks (five) and Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings (three).

The Colts finished the season at 11-5 and made the playoffs just one season after having the worst record in the NFL (2-14) in 2011. It marked the third best turnaround in league history.

“It was pretty tough when coach Pagano went down but coach Arians stepping in and lifting us up and having us rally behind coach Pagano was very inspirational,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told indystar.com. “It was emotional a lot of the time. I’m just proud to be part of the Colts this past season."

Now Arians will try to guide the Red Birds to the playoffs in 2013.

Yes, it appears the Cardinals made a great choice.

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Tags: Andrew Luck, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Chuck Pagano, Football, Leslie Frazier, NFL, Pete Carroll

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