The Indianapolis Colts are going to have to play another game this season with one of their coaches laying in a hospital bed. While not nearly as serious as Chuck Pagano’s aliment, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will miss Sunday’s game against the Ravens as he’s been hospitalized with the flu. Andrew Luck will be getting his play calls from Clyde Christensen instead of Arians for the Colts Wild Card game.
Arians has been Luck’s mentor all season long, as the two bonded tremendously when head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. His loss will be significant for Luck, as his safety blanket on offense is now gone.
But while Arians will miss the Colts big game, Luck still has Chuck Pagano on the sidelines to try and fill the void. Both Arians and Pagano have been co-head coaches of Indianapolis this season, with Arians serving as the interim head coach while Pagano battled cancer. Many believe that Arians deserves coach of the year for leading the Colts the way he did and keeping the team the together despite all the adversity they faced.
Arians isn’t expected to miss the Colts next game against the Broncos, should they beat the Ravens on Sunday. Luck would love to have Arians back if the Colts face their old franchise quarterback in the AFC Divisional round, but for now it’s going to be one step at a time.
However, it will be the first time all season long that Luck has taken the field without Arians behind him.