According to Jason LaCanfora, Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians is expected to get strong consideration from the Chargers during the offseason:
Interim head coach Bruce Arians has received universal acclaim for his incredible work in getting the young Colts to the cusp of the playoffs, all while Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano has been away from the team amid his brave fight with leukemia. The team wants nothing more than to retain Arians as its offensive coordinator, where he has worked so well with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but the organization knows Arians is likely to have more attractive options to explore.
League sources expect Arians to get strong consideration for the expected head coaching vacancy in San Diego, where Norv Turner is virtually assured of being let go at season’s end. Arians has a strong relationship with Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, Chuck’s brother, and San Diego’s brass might be inclined to keep Pagano and other members of the staff as it has been impressed with how the Chargers’ defense and special teams have performed. Getting quarterback Philip Rivers and the offense back on track is the main chore, and Arians has a history of working well with quarterbacks, including Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning.
And why wouldn’t Arians be a hot prospect? He has led the young Colts to a playoff push with a rookie quarterback. He has gotten strong play from all the quarterbacks he has worked with in the past and Philip Rivers has talent that he could work with. We already have a strong defensive coordinator on staff and we may want to keep him in town. No matter who the GM is in town, Arians would likely be a top candidate for the job. It seems that we would look for another offensive minded coach with Pagano doing a great job with the defense and the offense with the biggest need of a fix.
Arians likes to stretch the field and goes for the home run pass a lot. That would put a lot of pressure on the offensive line and Philip Rivers to make plays. Maybe Robert Meachem could make an impact in that offense.