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Clearly, things weren’t the same without Arians during Sunday’s 24-9 loss to the Ravens.

“I don’t think people realize how unsettling all that was for Andrew (Luck),” the person said. “As a rookie in a playoff game, to all of a sudden have Bruce gone. That’s the guy who is talking in your ear, and then you’re in the playoffs and all of a sudden that’s gone. It’s a big deal.”

Arians has mentored the likes of Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and now Luck. He won two Super Bowls as an assistant in Pittsburgh, served on Paul “Bear” Bryant’s staff at Alabama and has had a big part in two of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history _ the 10-game improvement of the 1999 Colts and Indy’s nine-game improvement this year.

His only previous head coaching experience came during a six-year tenure at Temple in the 1980s.