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Arians makes plenty of sense for the Bears

Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, left, celebrates with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians after their 28-16 win over the Houston Texans in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


As Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians prepares to help his new team win a playoff game roughly a year after his most recent team, the Steelers, declared that Arians had retired, Arians will soon be in demand, win or lose.

The Bears and the Eagles plan to interview Arians, and it’s surprising that more teams haven’t lined up to talk to him.

Unlike the usual ascension of a coordinator to head coach, which happens with the leap of faith that the coordinator has the skills to become an effective head coach, we’ve all seen this year that Arians can get it done. Because for three months he got it done as the interim coach of the Colts, while Chuck Pagano battled leukemia.

Arians makes plenty of sense for the Bears, given that they have a quarterback who is a bit of a handful in Jay Cutler. Arians has extensive experience dealing with a difficult quarterback. In Pittsburgh, Arians and Ben Roethlisberger didn’t simply coexist; they were close friends.

So when job No. 1 (or close to it) in Chicago is finding a coach who can work well with Cutler, Arians could be the right answer.