COMMENTARY | It's the natural order of things in the NFL: succeed and move on. This natural order could be costing the Indianapolis Colts two very important architects of the team's 11-5 dream season and playoff berth.
Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the San Diego Chargers are expected to announce their new general manager today, and one of the two leading candidates is Colts Vice President of Football Operations Tom Telesco.
Should Telesco fill this position in San Diego, it figures that the stock of a commonly mentioned candidate for the Chargers' new head coach--Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians--would go way up.
Should the Colts lose both Telesco and Arians to the Chargers, it would be a tough blow for Indianapolis to absorb.
After turning Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into a household name, Arians arrived in Indianapolis this season and engineered an offense executed by a slew of rookies that wound up ranked No. 10 in the league in yards per game (362.4). Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was seventh in the league in passing yards (4,374) and set a variety of team and league records.
Most notably, Arians went 9-3 as the Colts' interim head coach during the health-related absence of Chuck Pagano.
It's impossible to fault Arians and Telesco for wanting to move up in the world, but it's still disheartening to ponder the possibility of them leaving Indianapolis.
With Arians hospitalized during the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts failed to find the end zone in a 24-9 loss. Would they have been able to score touchdowns against Ray Lewis and a highly-motivated Ravens defense if Arians had been calling plays, rather than quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen? It's hard to say, and it's certainly not a large enough sample size--or much of a fair environment--from which to judge Christensen's abilities.
But it's a snapshot of what every Colts fan fears will happen to the Indianapolis offense and the continued development of Luck if Arians wears a bolt of lightning on his chest next season.
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