Bruce Arians Named AP 2012 Coach Of The Year

The Associated Press named Arizona Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians the 2012 Coach of the Year Saturday night for his work this past season with the Indianapolis Colts. In winning the award the Pittsburgh Steelers former offensive coordinator become the first interim to ever win the award.

Arians took over as as interim head coach of the Colts in late September after head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and was forced to take a leave of absence to undergo treatment. The Colts went 9-3 under Arians and made the playoffs after going 2-14 the previous season.

Pagano did manage to return to coach the regular season finale and the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Arians earned 36 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel made up of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Pagano managed to finish second with 5 1/2 votes, while Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll finished third with 5 votes and Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier finished fourth with 3 votes.

Arians spent only one season with the Colts and managed to succeed with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck under center. Luck was the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft last April.

Arians accepted his award Saturday night at the “2nd Annual NFL Honors” awards show on CBS, which recognized the NFL\’s best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season.

Arians had spent the last five season in Pittsburgh as the Steelers offensive coordinator and did not have his contract renewed last offseason.

  • RW

    Yikes. Still can’t figure out if his firing was a mistake or not. Just can’t get that browns game out of my head from two years ago – passing on 3rd and 1…

  • TJimmy

    Not meaning to be too cynical but good quarterbacks make head coaches look like geniuses. We will find out how good he is this year with a team lacking a quality qb

  • LucasY59

    Yeah and 1st overall picks can help a somewhat solid team reload after one fluke year (It looks like the only reason they where as bad as 2-14 was so they could “Suck for Luck”) a 10-6 team turns into 2-14 then back to 11-7 isnt exactly a miracle, and they didnt have the toughest schedule (played well against NFC North, had it easy with the AFC East and South other than Texans and Patriots, plus other last place teams Chiefs and Browns)

    I think the stepping up as a interim coach was a big part of what won the award

    also I’m really glad BA won it over the Harbaughs or Belicheat, but like TJ said it will be interesting next season in AZ

  • Mike Carroll

    Yep. Right on the money with your comments. There’s no doubt something special was going on in Indianapolis last year with the team rallying around their sick coach, and finally getting their future QB in the building made it a bit easier for the other 52 guys to rebound with a full effort as well.

  • Pete

    Glad he’s gone, he did a good job in Indy filling in. But I’m not one singing his praises. Good luck to him in Arizona. He’ll have his work cut out for him.