Posted by Josh Alper on January 4, 2013, 11:27 AM EST
The Bears want to talk to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians about their head coaching job and they might not be the only team interested in interviewing a guy who went 9-3 as the interim head coach of a playoff-bound club.
Indianapolis isn’t just going to thank Arians for a job well done and drive him to the airport, though. General Manager Ryan Grigson was on the NFL Network Friday and said that the Colts plan to put forth a strong effort to keep Arians on their staff beyond this season.
“We would try to do whatever we could to keep Bruce, but again, he’s his own man and will make his own decisions,” Grigson said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s kind of a great situation we have here. It’s pure speculation, but we’d love to have him back.”
The Colts can offer Arians more money, obviously, but the 60-year-old coach might not be in line for too many more head coaching opportunities before his career comes to an end. This is clearly his moment to make a bid for a top job and that might outweigh anything the Colts can offer should Arians’ interviews result in a head coaching offer.