Arians assured, sensible in approach

October, 3, 2012
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Bruce Arians was already in a tough spot, coordinating a Colts offense lacking in some very important features -- namely, an effective offensive line or run game.

Arians, who was hired primarily because of his record with young quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, has done excellent work with Andrew Luck.

As he prepares for his first game filling in for Chuck Pagano, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, Arians said a lot of the right things and a lot of smart things in his conversation with Indianapolis media.

I’ve knitted some together via the tweets of beat writers.

To which I say: Smart. They’ve got enough to worry about without letting Pagano’s illness enter their minds while they are on the field.

To which I say: This is specifically for Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and, yes, even Andrew Luck. Who else do we rate as five-star right now?

To which I say: Here’s hoping it’s as easy a combo for him as he’s anticipating.
To which I say: I’m not expecting he’ll be on the headset calling for that any time Sunday against Aaron Rodgers considering two of the Colts’ top corners, Vontae Davis and Justin King, were not back to practice today.

To which I say: It’s the best blocking scheme for a top rusher like Matthews -- simply don’t set yourselves up to have to block him for very long.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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