The NFL Honors Awards program was held Saturday night in New Orleans. Bruce Arians was named Associated Press Coach of the Year. He led the Colts to a 9-3 record during his 12-game stint as interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was going through cancer treatments.
Arians was named the Arizona Cardinals head coach last month, and had this to say while accepting the award Saturday night.
“I wasn’t coach of the year, the organization was coach of the year,” Arians said when accepting his award. “More than anything it was Chuck. Coach, you set the path. We just drove the bus and kept the lights on the whole time,” said Arians.
Arians received 36.5 votes, interestingly Colts head coach Chuck Pagano finished runner-up in the voting with 5.5 votes.
Robert Griffin III was named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, earning 29 votes. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was second with 11 votes and Russell Wilson was third with 10 votes.