Colts offense appears to be adapting well to Pep Hamilton


We didn’t see much of the starting Colts offense on Sunday against the Bills, but what we saw offered no sign that the unit would take a step back after the change in coordinators to Pep Hamilton.

Andrew Luck played two series and hit on 4-of-6 passes for 51 yards during his cameo appearance. The Colts didn’t score while he was in the game, but were on their way to points before tight end Coby Fleener fumbled at the end of a 23-yard gain deep in Buffalo territory. That fumble came on the same drive that saw the Colts offensive line give up a sack and commit a penalty, so there’s definitely things that need to be ironed out among the blockers.

Backup Matt Hasselbeck fared a bit better on the scoreboard, putting up 10 points during his own brief appearance before giving way to Chandler Harnish. Hasselbeck’s highlight was a 45-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, who had a strong performance as both a receiver and a kick returner.

Hamilton had all three quarterbacks throwing on the move, which worked well, and the team called passes whenever they faced a short third down conversion opportunity. There wasn’t much reason to think that the Colts were about to become a power running team, especially with Ahmad Bradshaw not in the lineup yet, and the biggest takeaway from the first look at Hamilton’s offense is that he hasn’t broken what didn’t need fixing.