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ARIANS WILL NOT MISS THROWING THE CHALLENGE FLAG

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 28, 2012 – 9:26 am

Bruce Arians was back in his normal spot on Thursday afternoon.

There was the Colts offensive coordinator positioned just inside the Colts locker room as the media talked with him and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

Arians had been handling the head coaching media requirements for the past 12 weeks but he was back where he wanted to be on Thursday.

This week has not necessarily been more relaxed for Arians as come Sunday he will still be the under the watchful eye of head coach Chuck Pagano when calling the offensive plays.

“Anytime you’re calling plays, there’s a bigger bulls eye on your back, I’ve learned that through the years,” Arians said. “The game plan has always been the biggest part of the job. The other part is really kind of easy, but the game planning part takes all the time. Playing a team twice in three weeks is really difficult.”

Returning back to his offensive coordinator position full-time, Arians is looking forward to spending a little more time on the part of the game that made him the first phone call Pagano made upon being hired back in January.

“It’s easier now, there’s no doubt about that and it’s fun,” Arians said of the focus on the play calling. “It’s fun again to have Chuck (Pagano) back in the building and doing his thing.”

Arians and the offensive staff is preparing for the Texans defense again after a one-week break from assessing Houston film. Not much has changed from a schematic standpoint Arians said, with the focus remaining in the trenches with defensive tackle Antonio Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt.

“We’ve got to block 94 (Smith) and 99 (Watt), they’re the outstanding players. Their front is as good as anybody we’ve played and their secondary is good,” Arians said.

“Situationally, on third down and in the red zone, we failed a couple times in the red zone against them and fumbled the ball and got a touchdown called back that would have been huge points in that game. We had it to a six-point game in the fourth quarter and couldn’t pull this one out. Hopefully we’ll have that there and win it this time.”

Come Sunday, Arians will once again find himself down on the field sending in plays to quarterback Andrew Luck.

The title of interim head coach is gone and the red challenge flag will be missing from his back pocket, two things that make Arians very happy.

How much will Arians miss that red flag? 

“That’s the biggest thing I’m glad to get rid of,” Arians said with a smile.


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