Arians, who stepped in for Chuck Pagano while he battled leukemia during the 2012 season, said the Cardinals would have “some damage” if they would have made the playoffs last season. Arizona missed making the playoffs despite finishing with a 10-6 record in the NFC West, the best division in football, last season.
Arians made sure to praise Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who he coached during his rookie season when Indianapolis went 11-5 and reached the playoffs.
Luck led the Colts to another 11-5 season, an AFC South title and a playoff victory despite missing five offensive starters and having an inconsistent defense last season. He improved his completion percentage and cut his interceptions in half.
“I saw great improvement this year,” Arians told reporters. “I thought he carried the football team to the playoffs. His performance in the playoffs I thought was one of the best I've ever seen. He just refuses to lose. It's not about who's calling plays or any of that stuff. Just let him play football and he'll win for you. He is a flat winner, and he was a true joy to coach.
"You've got a chance to win your division every year if he's playing for you."