Former Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, fired during the 2015 season, has landed on his feet in Cleveland. During games this year, he’ll be twiddling his thumbs, since coach Hue Jackson will be calling the plays.
“It’s not a drawback,” Hamilton told reporters regarding the situation on Thursday. “I want to win. I want to win this division, get to the playoffs and win some games, and ultimately, hoist the Lombardi. That’s what it’s all about. Personally, I don’t feel like — it’s not about me. I do know that for a fact. I do know that ultimately in order for us to have a chance to be successful, everybody has to be all in and support each other and ultimately support the head coach. I’m on board with whatever Coach wants to do.”
Hamilton has a knack for seeing the glass as half full; he even found the positive in getting fired by the Colts.
“I think it’s fortunate as a coach in the National Football League to be in a situation where you’re expected to win the World Championship, and ultimately, we didn’t get that done,” Hamilton said of his last stop.
The bar is much lower, at least for now, in Cleveland. But the owner in Cleveland is every bit as impatient as the one in Indy, if not more. If/when the Browns are ever considering a midseason coordinator change, however, Hamilton can’t be blamed this time for the playcalling.