Pep Hamilton Eyes Vanderbilt Job, But Indianapolis Colts Shouldn’t Panic
The Indianapolis Colts went into the 2013 NFL regular season as one of the most intriguing franchises in the game. Despite making the postseason the previous year, many had their doubts about the Colts in general. Moreover, those doubters were quickly proven wrong as second-year quarterback Andrew Luck excelled to earn the Colts their first playoff victory since 2009.
If you can recall; Luck was reunited with his former offensive coordinator as Indianapolis plucked Pep Hamilton from the college ranks to serve as the Colts’ offensive coordinator. If you were to summarize Hamilton’s first year with the Colts in one word it would likely be — confusion. Hamilton started the year with a “run-first” mantra and a firm believe that his team was one that thrived on running the ball down the opposition’s throat. In fact, Hamilton’s run fetish went as far as the Colts trading for Trent Richardson to try and establish a more smash-mouth attack.
Of course, Richardson’s first stint in Indy was a total dud as Luck would be forced to throw the ball as the weeks went on.
With all of that being said, Hamilton is now reportedly interested in replacing James Franklin as the Vanderbilt Commodores‘ head football coach. Now, I would be doing jumping jacks if I was a Colts’ fan. Sure, Hamilton has developed some chemistry with Luck over the years, but that doesn’t mean this offensive coordinator is a good fit at the NFL level.
Hamilton is hardly someone worth sobbing over, and if he does decide to take the Vanderbilt job then the whole city of Indianapolis should rejoice.
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