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Pep Hamilton ready to adjust Colts offense

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New Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s already talked to his current and former pupil, and both are excited about making some changes to the Colts offense.

Hamilton said Saturday he had already talked to quarterback Andrew Luck, discussing some of the changes he’ll make, which should look familiar to him.

“I spoke with him this morning and he’s excited,’’ Hamilton said, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star . “Of course I’m very excited to have an opportunity to work with Andrew again. We can’t wait to get started.’’

Hamilton said he did plan to change the offense from what former coordinator and now-Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians installed, leaning toward more West Coast principles and away from the deep passing game Arians preferred. It’ll come with more of an emphasis on running the ball as well.

Part of the problem the Colts had last year was struggling to protect Luck long enough to move the ball down field. But if they don’t invest heavily in offensive linemen, they’re not going to be able to run the ball the way Hamilton’s used to at Stanford.

“It’ll be a variation of the West Coast [with] West Coast principles,’’ Hamilton said. “The short, efficient passing game, a high completion rate.

“But I enjoy watching our guys just come off the ball, the guys up front, and trying to knock the opponent back. I’m a big believer of the power-running game and, . . . I think that ultimately opens up your passing game, the play-action passes.’’

Having former Stanford stars Luck and tight end Coby Fleener on board should help ease the transition, but the Colts are going to have to upgrade their personnel if they’re going to make it work.

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10 Responses to “Pep Hamilton ready to adjust Colts offense”
  1. threatlevelbob says: Jan 20, 2013 9:07 AM

    It sounds like a bad fit for Luck’s talents to me. He’s not a system quarterback, he’s a guy you build a system around that feature’s both his athleticism, size, and ability to push the ball down the field. That’s not dink’n’dunk (i.e.,”The short, efficient passing game, a high completion rate”). A good power running game benefits all quarterbacks however. Who doesn’t want that?

    I’d go more with McCarthy’s variation of the West Coast offense (more vertical, relies more heavily on the quarterback’s athleticism to buy time), or at least build towards that. They don’t have the line and receivers for that yet, but that should be the target IMO.

  2. ddogdaddy says: Jan 20, 2013 9:20 AM

    To quote Jimmy Dugan. “We’re gonna win. We’re gonna WIN”

  3. thesmartest1 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:27 AM

    The wco has made many QB’s look much better than they are. This should be phenomenal for Luck.

  4. thesmartest1 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:29 AM

    … Who is already great.

  5. James Light @JamesALight says: Jan 20, 2013 9:48 AM

    Luck looked great running a power West Coast system at Stanford. They ran that with really no receivers that could stretch the field vertically. Now with some NFL receivers who can get deep to go along with the short precision passing game that just wears out a defense underneath, I think Luck will thrive.

  6. aguinn1pe says: Jan 20, 2013 9:52 AM

    threatlevelbob says:
    Jan 20, 2013 9:07 AM
    It sounds like a bad fit for Luck’s talents to me. He’s not a system quarterback, he’s a guy you build a system around that feature’s both his athleticism, size, and ability to push the ball down the field. That’s not dink’n’dunk (i.e.,”The short, efficient passing game, a high completion rate”). A good power running game benefits all quarterbacks however. Who doesn’t want that?

    Are you kidding? This is the offense that made him the best college quarterback in the country his junior and senior year, come on bro you should know this.

  7. ddogdaddy says: Jan 20, 2013 10:18 AM

    @james light
    Couldn’t agree more. This offense will wear a defense out with the speed their receivers have. I am hoping it looks a lot like the evil Patriots except with more talent. It’s all about the yards after catch. If that is dink and dunk, then I am all in.
    Go Blue.

  8. irish1958 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    Without a better offensive line Luck will not get better and might even get badly hurt. They need to spend every dollar they have to improve the line.

  9. realfootballfan says: Jan 20, 2013 12:12 PM

    irish1958,

    I think it was the first thing out of Grigson’s mouth at his end of the year press conference. I think the offensive line will be his main priority to upgrade across the board this off-season. The system switch should help these offensive linemen as well.

    Also, while Arians did a good job, I think this direct opposite hire seems to point to the Colt management team not being enamored with his system, which gets QBs killed and makes the line look significantly worse than it already is, same complaints out of Pittsburgh.

  10. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jan 20, 2013 10:45 PM

    The more I read about this situation, the more I feel like Arians wasn’t enamored with Luck’s ability.

    The Colts offense didn’t go deep down the field much at all in 2012. If anything, when it DID go down field, defenses were pretty much caught off guard because it was such a rare occasion.

    The problem is Luck regularly missed those passes. Badly.

    I think Arians is a deep ball offensive mind that had to dramatically change his offensive philosophy in Indy to make up for Andrew’s inability to throw deep accurately. He bolted to AZ for a chance to draft/sign his own QB and throw down field to Fiztgerald which I’m sure will be dynamic.

    Pep, on the other hand seems to be well aware of this weakness in Lucks game and plans to hide this weakness with a power running game. Smart… but how far is that going to get us if he can’t throw deep?

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