Given the circumstances, Bruce Arians has done a remarkable job filling in for Chuck Pagano, and Arians seems likely to get rewarded for his efforts with a Coach of the Year nod in 2012. What if, after Pagano returns, the team loses its identity? It's purpose?
This is the third week of our "no debate" series with Gillette. This time they're asking which coach are you most comfortable leading your team to the playoffs this year, and why? You can answer over on their Facebook page.
Now, unlike the previous weeks, this "no debate" question is actually somewhat relevant to the Indianapolis Colts. While Indianapolis is not completely, 100% confirmed for post-season play, the odds suggest they will participate in the playoffs. This begs the question: Are you more comfortable with Chuck Pagano returning to the sidelines and coaching this team, or would you feel better if interim coach Bruce Arians remained in charge?
It's an interesting dilemma.
Now, much to Arians' credit, he's publicly squashed any and all suggestion that he would "usurp" the team from Pagano. When Chuck returns, he's the man in control. Period.
However, what will happen to the team? Since October 1st, this young, inexperienced, talent-starved team has played above and beyond itself because of their cancer-stricken head coach. Given the circumstances, Bruce Arians has done a remarkable job filling in for Pagano, and Arians seems likely to get rewarded for his efforts with a Coach of the Year nod in 2012. What if, after Pagano returns, the team loses its identity? It's purpose?
What if they start playing like dog poop again, ala Week One at Chicago?
Obviously, the Colts are handling this quite well, and it isn't even an option to order Pagano not to coach again this year. One of the key motivating factors Arians has used since he took over on an interim basis was the idea that if Chuck could not return for the regular season, then let's extend the season so he can.
AKA, let's make the playoffs. For Chuck.
Still, I'm interested in hearing what YOU gals and gents out there think of this. Would you feel more comfortable with Arians coaching in the playoffs should Indy get there, or do you feel confident in Pagano?