Indianapolis Colts Sending Mixed Signals; Let Andrew Luck Loose Or Commit To Run?

By Devin O'Barr
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In may ways, Andrew Luck‘s is entering his second NFL season like a rookie would.

Luck looked wonderful in 2012, but the Indianapolis Colts have surrounded him with a brand new coaching staff this season and a learning curve has to be expected. Bruce Arians took over for head coach Chuck Pagano last year and Luck thrived with a 9-3 record. Conversely, Luck was just 2-3 with Pagano serving as the Colts’ head coach in 2012. Well, Luck better get used to Pagano as Arians rook the open head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.

However, Luck will have a familiar face on the sideline as ex-Stanford Cardinal offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will be calling plays for Indy in 2013.

At first, I thought the Hamilton move was good for the Colts considering Luck was a Heisman Trophy candidate when Hamilton was barking out plays for the Cardinal. Then, Hamilton opened his mouth about the Colts’ offensive plans in July and it has troubled me ever since:

“We’re a physical, downhill running football team.”

Uhm…did this guy not see what No. 12 did last year? Luck isn’t Joe Flacco, so I don’t see what Hamilton is trying to prove by turning the Colts into a run-first offense.

It would be one thing if say Ray Rice was in Indy, but the running back combination of an injured Ahmad Bradshaw and ex fifth-round pick Vick Ballard hardly screams domination. If you take one look at the Colts’ roster you’ll see that this team is tailored to have a pass-heavy playbook. Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener are not in Colts’ uniforms to block — they are there to catch touchdowns…from Andrew Luck.

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