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NFL rules prevent teams from interviewing assistant coaches for potential head coaching vacancies who are presently working for teams in the playoffs. However, that doesn't stop teams from asking permission once the season ends.
For the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, they were both granted permission by the Indianapolis Colts to interview offensive coordinator and one-time interim head coach Bruce Arians when the season does indeed end.
Arians has been a hot name buzzing around league circles when it comes to head coaching vacancies. The San Diego Chargers are also reportedly interested in interviewing him. Today, SD interviewed Colts V.P. of Football Operations Tom Telesco for the vacant general manager position.
We've already discussed Arians' connection to the Chargers. When all is said and done, that is the most obvious place he could go, especially if San Diego hires Telesco.
Arians also has a strong connection to Philadelphia. His last head coaching job was at Temple, from 1983-1988. Despite their 4-12 record in 2011, Philly has talent. Nick Foles looks like a good, young quarterback that Arians could work with, and playmakers like Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy can make any offensive-minded coach look good.
Chicago is similar to San Diego in that they have an under-performing but talented veteran quarterback, along with many potent weapons on offense at the skill positions. Chicago came very close to making the post-season. If Arians has a desire to coach a team that is on the verge of winning it all, Chicago is the better option over SD and Philly.
That said, all look like attractive jobs. Yesterday, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson told NFL AM on NFL Network, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, that the Colts "would try to do whatever we could to keep Bruce, but again, he's his own man and will make his own decisions." Chuck Pagano told the media Monday, "We do NOT want to lose Bruce Arians."
Well, if that's the case, the Colts are going to need to pony up some serious bread to keep the 60-year-old coordinator, because some of these opening look too good to pass up if Arians is offered a job.