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Report: Colts hire Pep Hamilton


The number of minority play-callers in the NFL has now doubled.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Colts have struck a deal with Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton for that same position in Indianapolis.  Hamilton coached Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at Stanford.

Hamilton joins Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell as the only African-American coaches who are responsible for designing offenses and calling plays during a game.  With NFL owners leaning toward offensive minds, diversity in the ranks of play-callers becomes critical to establishing diversity among head coaches.

It’s a point that was first raised recently by Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, who joined PFT Live on Friday to address the issue.

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18 Responses to “Report: Colts hire Pep Hamilton”
  1. joeytorontosucks says: Jan 18, 2013 11:10 PM

    Good to see him getting recognized. Had to change his offence in one year from the style of Andrew Luck and throwing the ball to a predominant running game.

  2. thebrownrelease says: Jan 18, 2013 11:11 PM

    Great hire

  3. ufanforreal says: Jan 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    great hire,with a good draft Colts should be right back in it.

  4. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 18, 2013 11:17 PM

    Hard to second-guess Ryan Grigson with his decisions thus far. Also, Colts deserve some credit for their history of hiring of diverse candidates (Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Pep Hamilton).

  5. ar1888 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:23 PM

    Super Bowl!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 18, 2013 11:27 PM

    They hope Pep can Rally them.

  7. ho6an says: Jan 18, 2013 11:31 PM

    Great hire. Low risk, high reward.

  8. bringithome6 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:32 PM

    When’s the pep rally?

  9. pastabelly says: Jan 18, 2013 11:48 PM

    I just keep thinking Pep Strebeck, the character Tom Hanks played in Dragnet.

  10. dlk81 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:42 AM

    Dang! I heard his name surface for the Oakland gig and was hoping he was selected instead of a retread OC. It seems like a good hire for the Colts.

  11. kingcrusher says: Jan 19, 2013 2:37 AM

    I really despise the race issue being brought up when hiring coaches. Let them be hired by their track record and shut up about it. I don’t see any griping about the minority status of white football players. Drives me nuts.

  12. gadgetdawg says: Jan 19, 2013 2:45 AM

    Diversity in the NFL will not likely grow until it grows more in College ball. Players are not the only thing the NFL swipes from the NCAA.

  13. rajbais says: Jan 19, 2013 7:45 AM

    Wow! I was right.

    He likely had the jets for leverage.

  14. benacci says: Jan 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    Will his title for the Colts now be “NFL Professional OC for the Neck Beard?

    Go Colts!

  15. ddogdaddy says: Jan 19, 2013 9:35 AM

    I’m a bit torn on this. I am glad BA is out of the picture and we are going to be able to incorporate a more WCO? I guess the safe way of thinking is to bring in one of the proven NFL OC’s that were fired from their HC position like Hue Jackson or Pat Shurmer. But then if they have a couple of good years with Andrew Luck, they leave to become a HC somewhere else which would set Luck back having to learn another new system. So in that regard I hope this is a the right move. I have got to believe Andrew Luck had a say in this hire and is probably very happy.
    Go Blue.

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:50 AM

    Great hire! Hopefully Pep does a excellent job and then becomes the Raiders head coach in a year or two. Once our slow witted Front Office realizes that Dennis Allen is a terrible head coach who doesn’t know how to put a coaching staff together…sheesh.

  17. andjmoore says: Jan 19, 2013 11:19 AM

    Do you mean “offfensive” play-callers or “newly-hired” play-callers? Because there are certainly more than two minority play-callers.

    Jim Caldwell
    Ray Horton
    Todd Bowles
    Perry Fewell

  18. sechristbmw says: Jan 19, 2013 12:01 PM

    NFL Team: We really like this minority candidate. But we’ll instead hire this less qualified individual because he is white.

    Yup, that makes sense in billion dollar organizations.

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