Colts’ Pagano, Grigson congratulate Arians on Arizona job

Bruce Arians is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals—and his old team is 100-percent behind the move.

Arians, the former offensive coordinator for the Colts, guided the team to a 9-3 record while head coach Chuck Pagano went through treatment for leukemia.

Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson released a statement congratulating Arians on his new job and thanked him for guiding the team during a challenging season.

“The exceptional job he did this past season in keeping this team focused, combined with his long record of accomplishment, made him a very attractive candidate for a head coaching position and we congratulate the Cardinals on their good judgment in selecting him,” Grigson said.

“BA did a remarkable job last season, filling in for his friend and head coach in a time of need,” he continued. “Without BA’s selflessness, leadership, football acumen, and competitive spirit, we couldn’t have had the season we did. We surely will miss BA’s presence as a coach and a friend but we’re delighted for him and we wish Bruce, Chris, and their entire family nothing but the best as they embark on their new journey.”

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano called the position the “opportunity of a lifetime” for Arians and his family.

“Arizona hired a great coach but a better man,” Pagano said. “What he did in my absence was truly remarkable. I am forever in debt to Bruce. He is and always will be a great friend and I wish him nothing but the best as he begins this new chapter in his life.”

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