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Bruce Arians Should Be Coach of the Year and Other AFC South Must-Reads

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 18:  Interim head coach Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts watches his team play against the New England Patriots during the game on November 18, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

It's the easiest vote in football right now.

Today's Article of the Day comes from Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star who says Bruce Arians is an obvious choice for Coach of the Year.

It is absolutely impossible to argue with this position.

Unless you are going to split hairs (and votes) over a Chuck Pagano/Arians ballot, AP writers have little choice but to put Arians at the top of their ballot.

There's no point in rehashing all the arguments in favor of Arians, but one thing bears mentioning.

Arians learned on the job this season.

Against the New York Jets, his terminal conservatism turned a close game into a blowout.

To his credit, Arians has improved in his game management techniques and embraced higher-percentage but counter-intuitive strategies in recent weeks.

His decision to throw late against both Buffalo and Tennessee typifies a more aggressive edge that has helped the Colts secure late wins.

The willingness to reconsider past decisions and learn from them is a sign of strength of character, and Arians has demonstrated that all season. His integrity in keeping the spotlight on Pagano during the ordeal has been admirable.

Arians (or Arians/Pagano) will win the award in a walk this year, and that's exactly as it should be.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of NBC Sports suggests December games don't matter more than September games for playoff teams.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective looks at when to go for it in no-man's land.

Andy Benoit of the Football Outsiders looks at film of key games, including Colts-Texans.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of considers what might happen if the Texans and Patriots play again.

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle talks to Kacsmar about the Colts.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Gary Kubiak compared Andrew Luck to Ben Roethlisberger.


Indianapolis Colts

Gregg Rosenthal of wonders if Luck is taking too many hits.

Kuharsky thinks the Colts need fewer turnovers on the road.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star says the voice changed in Indy, but the message is the same as when Tony Dungy delivered it.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star says Jerraud Powers' future is uncertain with the Colts.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky looks at why Chris Johnson runs better with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback.

Kuharsky says Mike Munchak has two years left on his deal.

David Boclair of the City Paper says Jason McCourty will get information from his brother on the Jets.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Warren Moon questions Jake Locker's consistency.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Montell Owens is the feature back now.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Eben Britton isn't playing well.

O'Halloran says Cecil Shorts knows how close to 1,000 yards he is.

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