Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/21/12

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bruce Arians, the Indianapolis Colts' new offensive coordinator, is certainly no stranger when it comes to tutoring and developing young, highly talented young quarterbacks.

Arians was the Colts' quarterbacks coach in 1998 when the team drafted eventual franchise icon Peyton Manning with the first overall pick of the National Football League draft. He was with the Cleveland Browns in 2001 when Tim Couch was selected No. 1.

And for the past eight years,the Patterson, New Jersey native has been an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the last five seasons as the team's offensive coordinator where he worked with Ben Roethlisberger.

Out of that group. Manning led the Colts to two Super Bowls, winning one. Roethlisberger has won two of the three Super Bowl games in which he has played.

So it shouldn't have come as a major surprise that when first-year coach Chuck Pagano went looking for an offensive coordinator, knowing that Indianapolis would be taking either Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III with No. 1, he would search out the recently retired Arians.

"I've known Bruce. We worked together in Cleveland. His track record speaks for itself. As far as an offensive coordinator in this league, I just look at what he did with a young quarterback and developing a young quarterback (Roethlisberger). Taking them to the Super Bowl and winning Super Bowls and those types of things. So we hit a home run," Pagano said after the Colts' final mandatory mini-camp practice.

"When I called him, he was on his way from his retirement home, on the lake there with a bunch of golf courses. I said, 'Hey, you retired?' He goes, 'Not if you're offering me a job.' So he was officially retired for two days. But he's a brilliant offensive coordinator. He works great with guys."

Arians has been tasked with developing Luck, who has been described by many football observers as a 'can't miss' prospect. The Colts coach isn't concerned. Rather, he's excited by the possibilities.

"When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I'm not worried about Bruce. I'm not worried about (new defensive coordinator) Greg (Manusky). I'm not worried about Marwan (Maalouf) with the special teams. Those guys are great men. They've been in the game for a long, long time. They know their craft," Pagano explained.

"But more importantly, they're great with kids. They're great with people. And the way they deal with these guys, they're great teachers. They know the importance of relationships and they know the importance of building trust. I slept well at night knowing those three guys are at the helm."

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