Although the loss of Bruce Arians was a shock to the coaching system for the Indianapolis Colts, they wasted little time in trying to fill that hole. Arians did a miraculous job, as both offensive coordinator and interim head coach, for one of the most impressive teams in the league this season. Arians took little time to take the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals, and the Colts had to do their best to quickly pick up the pieces.
Indianapolis had big shoes to fill, due to the success that Arians had this season, and due to his connection with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts went right out to fill those shoes, by picking up someone who was possibly more familiar coaching with Luck than anyone else. Pep Hamilton, who coached with Luck in college at Stanford, is now the new offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
Hamilton coached with Luck at Stanford, as both a quarterback coach and an offensive coordinator. His comfort with Andrew Luck should surely help ease the transition from Arians’ offense. Although this job will be Pep’s first job as an offensive coordiantor in the pros, he has NFL experience, and he already knows his quarterback very well.
Hamilton has previously worked as a quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets, the Chicago Bears, and the San Fransisco 49ers. His hire to the Colts also comes at a time when hiring minorities (or lack thereof) is a hot topic in the NFL. Many media outlets have raised a stink about how few minorities were hired during this period of coaching transition in the league, while the hiring of Hamilton was widely ignored. One team did not ignore Hamilton’s interest and accomplishments, and the Indianapolis Colts may do very well because of it.