Pep Hamilton may quit Browns, join Jim Harbaugh at Michigan

AP

As the Browns look for a new defensive coordinator, a change may be coming on their offensive coaching staff as well.

Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton is considering leaving Cleveland to join Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Michigan, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Hamilton was previously an assistant to Harbaugh at Stanford.

The Browns don’t actually have an offensive coordinator on their staff, as head coach Hue Jackson handles many of the duties usually handled by an offensive coordinator, but Hamilton is Cleveland’s highest-ranking offensive assistant.

These days, “amateur” college football pays its top coaches about as much as professional football does, so Michigan can surely make Hamilton a competitive offer financially. Michigan’s defensive coordinator just signed a five-year contract worth $1.4 million a year, and if Harbaugh is offering Hamilton that kind of contract, Hamilton may think he’d have more job security and make more money at Michigan than in Cleveland.

Michigan recently lost passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch to UCLA, so there’s an opening on Harbaugh’s staff.

30 responses to “Pep Hamilton may quit Browns, join Jim Harbaugh at Michigan

  1. That’s fine. Neither coordinator did a very good job. Hue Jackson will get this team turned around with the right people.

  2. NFL jobs don’t come along often for college coordinators, sounds like a bad move if he takes a college job. Plus, Harbaugh is not to be trusted and is all for himself. He’s kinda slimy.

  3. The 9 million Michigan paid Harbaugh this year didn’t buy them a divisional championship, a conference championship, a national championship or even a bowl victory. We sure did get to hear a lot of whining and complaining from him though. Keep shelling out that dough suckers

  4. The upside: It is much easier to look good as a coach if you can recruit better talent than most of your opponents!

    Pep would go from one of the least talented rosters in the NFL to one of the more talented rosters in the NCAA. Harbaugh has only had 2 years of recruiting, so it likely will only get better.

  5. “Hue Jackson will get this team turned around with the right people.”

    Lol stop buying into con man Haslam’s fraud on the Cleveland fans.

    50 mil under the cap, far more than any other team. He has zero intention of putting a decent product on the field or trying to win a Super Bowl, only in fleecing the Cleveland fans of every dollar he can since his PilotFlyingJ scam got shut down.

  6. richc111 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 10:27 AM

    Yea life is a lot harder for coaches when they don’t have Payton Manning as their QB
    _________________________________

    It sure is!! You no longer have an inside track to skidloads of PEDs from China, you no longer have padded offensive stats, you no longer have numerous individual awards with a lack of championships to go with them, you no longer have a league office in your back pocket altering the rules to make it so you can actually win tough games, duck hunting just became more challenging without seeing 40 to 50 ducks per game he plays….. yup – it sure is a lot harder.

  7. phunnypharm22 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 9:52 AM
    The upside: It is much easier to look good as a coach if you can recruit better talent than most of your opponents!

    Pep would go from one of the least talented rosters in the NFL to one of the more talented rosters in the NCAA. Harbaugh has only had 2 years of recruiting, so it likely will only get better.

    They actually lost 43 seniors including 10 of their 11 starters on defense so if anything I’d expect them to take a step backwards next year

  8. wryly1 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 8:41 AM
    That’s fine. Neither coordinator did a very good job. Hue Jackson will get this team turned around with the right people.

    21 30

    Are you sure? They were his hires weren’t they? What does that say about him if he’s firing his guys 1 year into a complete rebuild?
    To me it says that it was worse than he ever imagined and he’s trying to save face.
    I agree that with the right people he could get this turned around but his first hire included “not the right people” and the article says Jackson did much of the play calling himself. So by you saying the coordinators did poorly, that also includes Jackson

  9. The 9 million Michigan paid Harbaugh this year didn’t buy them a divisional championship, a conference championship, a national championship or even a bowl victory.

    You forgot to point out that they still can’t beat Ohio State either…

  10. After all the progress Michigan has made I can’t imagine why they’d want Hamilton around. The guy was an abject failure who was laughed out of Indianapolis and had zero success everywhere he went in the NFL. Some people just don’t have the mind for football.

  11. To pay a college coach 9 million and assistant coaches that much per year, while the players get nothing is ti ignore that college football is a lot about entertainment (as it is so publicized and televised today.). What are those coaches worth without the players putting their all on the line? Who wants to see a coach? The players are a huge part of the success equation and that antiquated structure needs to change.
    once upon a time we would not let professionals compete as a US Olympian. That has changed. They need to put a cap on what these college coaches can make at a NON PROFIT institution. If it doesnt go to the school, then all the profit should not go to the freaking coaches!
    Let them go back to the NFL if they want that kind of pay for playing athletes that get nothing by comparison.

  12. Stay Pep-This is an opportunity of a lifetime! It takes balls and you need to roll up your sleeves and get this turnaround done. Hue had faith in you. No risk it, no biscuit. Who cares if you get fired later, at least you would have tried. Even Bill Belichick got fired before. Don’t run and high tail it to an easier position unless you don’t have what it takes!!!

  13. I’m not really familiar with the status of the Brown’s assistant coaches, but my observations of the Browns when they came into Pittsburgh to play the Steelers are these:
    1. They have some very good-excellent players,
    just not enough of them at this point.
    2. They may have been a 1-14 team, but they
    didn’t play like it, effort-wise. It seemed that
    whatever their long-term prognosis, Hue
    Jackson did not lose that team.
    It very much remains to be seen if the Browns can build a contender there, but their 2016 season doesn’t seem like a total loss…

  14. Only times Pep Hamilton has had good offenses were when he had Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, as a Browns abuse victim I say dont let the door knob hit ya where the good Lord split ya

  15. Jim Harbaugh is probably the best football coach I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s an all around football genius, not just a great coach. He knows that coaching can make up for some lack of talent but not all of it. He knows the importance of recruiting and Pep Hamilton is probably a good recruiting assistant. It’s not like Harbaugh is going to sit there and let Pep run the offense. Heavens no. Pep is way in over his head as a play caller, especially in the NFL, but this move would be a good escape for Pep. Plus, his buddy Hue Jackson won’t have to hurt his career by firing him. I’ll bet Hue whispered something into his ear and/or into Harbaugh’s ear. Give him another year or two standing next to Harbaugh and Pep Hamilton will be a hot name again. Funny how that always works. All those guys that stand next to Belichick look smart too, but then not nearly as smart when they leave.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 7, 2017 12:10 PM
    @terripet & @NFLexpert – You two geniuses do realize that Pep was Harbaugh’s OC at Stanford, right? Nah, didn’t think so.
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    Pep Joined Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford in 2010 as wide receiver’s coach, and only coached there one season with Jim. David Shaw was Harbaugh’s OC. Shaw promoted Pep to OC after Harbaugh left. David Shaw called all the plays, Pep never called plays at Stanford.

  17. Associate head coach is fancy speak for “Guy who gets the head coach coffee”. Wasn’t it explained last season that his main job was supposed to be learning NFL play calling from Jackson since he was only given a job in the NFL in the first place because the Colts thought Andrew Luck would magically get good if they hired his college offensive coordinator. From a career acceleration standpoint he’d be much better off staying under Jackson than he would be going to Michigan. Once you leave the NFL it’s nearly impossible to get back in especially for a minority coach. Going back to Michigan would play to his strengths but there is no Andrew Luck on Michigans offense to ride the coat tales of.

  18. @tonebones – I’m going to take your word on that without looking it up simply because you sound like you’re not an idiot. The point is that anyone criticizing JH for hiring Pep should know that he has hired Pep before. JH knows what he’s getting.

    I doubt, however, that JH would let Hue Jack within 100 miles of him, much less allow Hue Jack to whisper in his ear. That would be like Einstein allowing a moron to conduct his experiments.

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