Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been released from a Baltimore hospital today and is one his way back to Indianapolis. Arians was admitted yesterday prior to the start of the Colts playoff match-up against the Ravens. Reports then stated it was some sort of inner ear infection. Arians is feeling better, per Jim Irsay.
Arians took over as interim head coach for three months of the regular season while head coach Chuck Pagano took a leave of absence after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano returned prior to Week 17. Arians did not coach in the Wildcard Playoff Game against the Ravens. Clyde Christensen filled in as the offensive coordinator.
After Arians returns to Indy, he will begin interviewing for potential head coaching vacancies. Reports tell us the Bears, Eagles, and now the Browns have requested to interview him. Chicago and Philly were granted permission. No word yet on Cleveland. Arians' name has also been mentioned in connection with the Chargers.
The team that, apparently, has the most interest from Arians himself might be Cleveland. Mike Cairns of WEWS ABC TV5 in Cleveland tweeted last week that Arians "badly" wanted the Browns job. At the time, everyone seemed to think Oregon coach Chip Kelly was going to take the head job there. Instead, Kelly opted to return to Oregon.
Arians was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2001-2003, coaching there with Chuck Pagnao, who coached the secondary there from 2001-2004.
At his end of the season press conference on Monday following the loss to Baltimore in the playoffs, Pagano reiterated that the Colts, "do NOT want to lose Bruce Arians." He echoed the exact same statement last week.