Quite a bit has changed for the Colts over the last few days. Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians accepted the Arizona Cardinals head coaching position Thursday night, less than 48 hours later, the team offiically announced the hiring of his replacement, Stanford’s Pep Hamilton.
The Colts had good success with Stanford products this past season, drafting quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick of the draft, and tight end Coby Fleener in the second round, and wide receiver Griff Whalen signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent.
Now, another Cardinal is a Colt.
“I’m thrilled to be able to reunite with Coach Pep here in Indianapolis. He was a tremendous mentor of mine at Stanford and he is going to have our offense playing at a high, energetic level,” said Luck in a release provided by the Colts Saturday.
Hamilton’s official title last season was changed to “The Andrew Luck Director of Offense.” While Luck is familiar with Hamilton’s offense, it will be an adjustment for many of the players. Hamilton primarily ran a west-coast offense at Stanford, and plans to bring a version of that to the Colts.
“We’re going to play a physical brand of football. We’re going to be efficient, we’re not going to waste plays, but we’re still going to take our calculated shots,” said Hamilton during a conference call with Indianapolis media members. “It will be a good mixed bag of a lot of different things that Andrew and the rest of the guys will be able to do well.”
Under Arians, Luck regularly threw deep passes. Colts fans should expect a little less of the long-passing game, but Luck’s familiarity with Hamilton should help the new offensive coordinator make his transition back to the NFL.
“It will be a tremendous asset in helping me make a transition to the Colts. Obviously having a couple of years experience, it makes a huge difference when the quarterback is well-versed in the offense,” added Hamilton.
Hamilton helped Stanford to consecutive BCS games, but his previous two coaching opportunities were in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach of the 49ers and Bears.
“I’m just looking forward to getting settled in and getting the chance to go back and watch all of the Colts games from this past year and enhance and build on what they did last year, get back to the playoffs, try to win a lot of ballgames, and score a lot of points,” said Hamilton.
The Colts likely will have another position to fill on the coaching staff as Arians has reportedly tabbed offensive line coach Harold Goodwin to be the offensive coordinator in Arizona.
Head Coach Chuck Pagano and General Manager Ryan Grigson will be spending time this week evaluating draft prospects at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.