There are few coaches (if any) more deserving of Coach of the Year than Bruce Arians; Arians led a 1-2 team to 10-5, while watching a CFL pickup become a defensive standout, a rookie quarterback run a hurryup offense just like the greatest quarterback of all time, and a coach battle his way back from cancer to coach the final game of the regular season.
Some people think Chuck Pagano deserves coach of the year as well, however; he did set up the Colts, and provide inspiration for them the entire season. Without one, the other wouldn't have a shot. As J.M. Nicholas points out, the question remains – which one deserves it more, and should it be a two way split?
There has never been a shared Coach of the Year awarded in the NFL, but the success of the Colts rests on the head of both coaches. Pagano and Arians played as an inspirational tag team this season, helping to lead Indianapolis back to the postseason. When this season began, no one would have thought that Pagano and Arians may only get one year together, but now Arians has a good chance of becoming a head coach in his own right. These two men did more than anyone expected (with a team that no one believed in), and did it in amazing fashion.
I'm rooting for a Rookie of the Year (Luck), Coach of the Year (Arians/Pagano), MVP (Manning), and Defensive MVP (Cassius Vaughn … okay, maybe not). If all fall through, I'm going to be more disappointed than I was last Sunday.