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Bruce Arians has a fan in Bears TE Matt Spaeth

Spaeth caught 36 passes and five touchdowns in four seasons with Arians as his offensive coordinator with the Steelers.


If the Chicago Bears end up hiring Bruce Arians to be their new head coach, tight end Matt Spaeth would certainly be happy. The Bears tight end told Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago that he thinks very highly of the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts:

"I have to be honest, I've been kind of sitting around waiting to see when teams were going to start trying to interview Bruce," Spaeth said. "I really like him as a coach, and obviously as a guy. If you look at his journey, success seems to follow him.

Arians, 60, was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-2011 before joining the Colts. Spaeth was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Steelers and caught 36 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns with the team before signing with the Bears as an unrestricted free agent in the 2011 offseason.

Following Chuck Pagano's diagnosis of leukemia, Arians served as the interim head coach for the Colts for 12 games, leading them to a 9-3 record and a trip to the postseason.