Thursday, January 10, 2013
Arians open to working with Telesco again
By Bill Williamson
Bruce Arians has said it will take a great situation for him to want to leave his job in Indianapolis.
Reuniting with Tom Telesco in San Diego might qualify.
Arians, the Colts’ offensive coordinator, was the interim head coach for much of the season in Indianapolis while head coach Chuck Pagano received treatment for leukemia. Arians worked closely with Telesco in Indianapolis. Wednesday, Telesco was hired as the Chargers’ general manager.
Arians is a hot coaching prospect. He said in a radio interview that he’d be interested working with Telesco. The radio interview was conducted Wednesday evening prior to ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that Arians has a tentative interview set with San Diego on Monday.
“I would be now that Tommy’s there,” Arians said. “I think so much of [the] success that teams have are great relationships between general manager and head coach. And it’s not who has control of the roster, it’s how do we get the best players? … I had the opportunity to work for 12 weeks as a head coach this year with Ryan Grigson and Tommy Telesco, and it was a fantastic relationship. And I wouldn’t want to work in any other situation as a head coach, unless it’s that type of relationship where nobody’s got a power play [and] we’re all in this together trying to win.”
San Diego will go through the process, but I see Arians being a top candidate.