The NFL Network reported Thursday afternoon that the Chicago Bears have asked for permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
The Bears fired former Head Coach Lovie Smith on Monday afternoon after the team finished 10-6 in 2012 and failed to make the playoffs.
Arians, who was not at the Colts practice due to an undisclosed sickness on Thursday, served as the Indianapolis interim head Coach while Chuck Pagano was sidelined as he battled with leukemia. During his twelve weeks at the helm, the Colts went 9-3 before Pagano ultimately returned to the sidelines in this past Sunday’s season finale win over the Houston Texans.
Chuck Pagano had this to say about the potential of Arians becoming a head coach following the end of the 2013 playoffs.
“What I would say is obviously he’s earned any phone call,” Pagano said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “He’s earned that right. Let me just say this: We do not want to lose Bruce Arians. We know what he is and we know what he means to the organization and to this football team.”
The Bears are believed to be looking at the following offensive coordinators as well for the job: Tom Clements of the Packers, Mike McCoy of the Broncos, Mike Sullivan of the Buccaneers, and Pete Carmichael of the Saints.