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Report: Colts OC Pep Hamilton a candidate for head coaching job at Vanderbilt

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Working with Andrew Luck keeps turning out to be a solid career decision for Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Hamilton has become a candidate for the head coaching position at Vanderbilt University after the departure of James Franklin to Penn State University.

Hamilton served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Stanford University for Luck’s senior season in 2011. After Bruce Arians left the Colts to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason, Hamilton followed Luck to Indianapolis as the Colts’ offensive coordinator.

Hamilton was just a position coach at Stanford, coaching wide receivers, until being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2011. It’s been a fast progression for Hamilton ever since and he may now find himself in line for a head coaching opportunity just three years later.

Under Hamilton’s direction, Luck threw for 3,822 yards this season with 23 touchdowns and nine interception as the Colts won the AFC South and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last weekend.

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7 Responses to “Report: Colts OC Pep Hamilton a candidate for head coaching job at Vanderbilt”
  1. 6ball says: Jan 15, 2014 12:11 AM

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    Isn’t he the guy who accused the Patriots of stealing the Colts signals prior to their road playoff debacle?

    I’m sure no one on the Patriots noticed

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  2. deeppurple13 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:16 AM

    Despite Pep Hamilton’s conservative run first offense, the Colts won the AFC South and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs.

    The style of offense Pep runs is based on having an effective running game. Given the lack of talent the Colts RB position has, and the lack of defense that they possess, there are only two words to describe their success this year…Andrew Luck.

    Throw the damn ball.

  3. andrewluck12 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:45 AM

    I was excited when he got here. Now, I can’t wait for him to leave. Run on first for 2 yards. Run on second for 1.5 yards. Maybe throw on third?? Guy calls a game like its 1967 still.

  4. henryjones20 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:59 AM

    welp!! Luck’s intception ratio gonna balloon back towards 18 a yr like his rookie yr. oh well.

  5. indywilson40 says: Jan 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    Take your garbage offense and Trent Richardson with you.

  6. terripet says: Jan 15, 2014 10:11 AM

    Good go asap.

  7. mutantman87 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:44 AM

    deeppurple13 says:Jan 15, 2014 12:16 AM

    Despite Pep Hamilton’s conservative run first offense, the Colts won the AFC South and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs.

    The style of offense Pep runs is based on having an effective running game. Given the lack of talent the Colts RB position has, and the lack of defense that they possess, there are only two words to describe their success this year…Andrew Luck.

    Throw the damn ball.
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    The reason the offense became more conservative is because Andrew Luck was near the top of the league in turnovers and QB hits last year. He still was hit a fair amount this year, but threw only 9 INT (half of last year’s total) despite losing Reggie Wayne. Hamilton also made former 1st round pick Donald Brown a useful player for the first time in his career. And don’t forget that this guy called the right plays when down 38-10 in the second half of a playoff game. Before that, he was only the OC for a Rose Bowl winning Stanford team. Sounds like a terrible coach to me. Really?

    Now, it’s true that not every OC has the fire to be a HC. For example, even though Darrell Bevell keeps getting interviews, he would be better suited to remain as OC with the Seahawks.

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